From a betting perspective, a match play event can be a bit of a lottery. When the world’s top 64 go toe to toe anything can happen. Luckily we have our golf expert on hand to guide us through the mayhem of the match play!
There are 16 pools in the match play consisting of 4 players per pool. Members of each pool will play each other over the first 3 days. One player will progress from each group to set up the last 16.
The only logical way we can select players this week is by sizing up the opposition in their pools and considering their match play pedigree.
Franco is at the peak of his powers enjoying the best run of his career. Winning his first major last year at the British Open was an eye-opener – the Italian was starting to fulfill his potential. He then backed it up with an imperious display at Le Golf National where he went 5-0 in the Ryder Cup.
He will be quietly confident in his newfound match play pedigree and has a group that he should progress from. Molinari has performed well in the US picking up two titles in the last year. He knows he can get the job done in America.
He takes on Kodiara who is struggling for form, Olesen who is inexperienced at this level and the American Simpson who will provide a stern test.
Once Molinari negotiates his group we will see the best from him and his class can shine through this week.
Who better than Europe’s Postman to conquer the field this week? Poults Ryder Cup record is the stuff of legend where he still remains unbeaten in Sunday singles.
He is no stranger to performing at WGC events. He has won two WGC’s winning this event when it was played at Dove Mountain in 2010. In addition, he has also posted two semi-final finishes as well as a respectable quarterfinal effort last year.
The Englishman has already won on tour this year and is in good shape to ease through his group and set up a charge for the title on Sunday.
The last three events on the PGA Tour have been won by European players, let’s hope for another this week!