The World Golf Championship Cadillac Match Play hosts the world elite this week, for the second WGC event of the season. This year the format has changed slightly with the single-elimination format being dropped in favor of a World Cup-style approach meaning the fans are guaranteed to see the world elite for the first 3 days.
The format isn’t the only thing new about the WGC Cadillac Match Play. The new TPC Harding Park venue will be a very different course to that of previous editors. Dove Mountain, was a long, wide course in the altitude of Arizona’s high desert, whereas TPC Harding Park is a more classic course where placement, not distance is key.
Ian Poulter is a proven match play winner, with countless Ryder Cup match victories and the outright winner of the WGC Match Play back in 2010. This season Poulter has been very close to victory on a number of occasions, including his T-6th finish at Augusta. With 7 top-25 finishes in 9 starts on the PGA TOUR and an exemplary match play record, Poulter could be the man to catch this week, and is currently paying 33/1.
Henrik Stenson is having another fantastic year, recording 3 top-10’s in 5 starts on the PGA TOUR. He leads the tour in strokes gained both tee-to-green and putting, attributes which could be very important on this short but tricky course. Stenson also has a stellar record on match play events, having won this event back in 2007 and World Cup of Golf for with Robert Karlsoon back in 2008. Currently ranked No.3 in the world, Stenson is decent value at 18/1.
Paul Casey is a 2-time runner up in the WGC Cadillac Match Play, but he was a winner at the HSBC World Match Play Championship back in 2006. Casey had a career best finish in his last start at The Masters, finishing T-6th and will be looking to carry that momentum into this week. Casey currently ranks 12th on Tour for total strokes gained, 16th for all-around rankings. Casey heads into this week paying 33/1 to win his first WGC title.
Hunter Mahan is having a decent PGA TOUR season this year, recording 5 top-25’s in 10 starts including a T-9th finish at The Masters. Mahan is a former WGC Match Play champion having defeated Rory Mcllroy in the final back in 2012, and followed that up finished 2nd in 2013. Hunter Mahan’s career singles record is a pretty impressive 21-9-2. Mahan enters this week paying 40/1 to win his 2nd WGC Cadillac Match Play title.