Americans Steve Stricker and Webb Simpson are the pre-tournament favourites. The pair are priced at 8/1 with Ladbrokes.
Both had excellent seasons in 2011 and are sure to put in solid displays but I’m ruling out Simpson on the basis that he hasn’t tackled this course before. Stricker on the other hand has an impressive record around this track and with top ten finishes in each of his last three visits he is fully deserving of the favourite’s tag.
However, with the Plantation Course being a par 73, there is sure to be a premium on big hitting this week and there are a couple of bombers I would prefer to back over the favourites.
I’d be tempted to go for Gary Woodland at 16/1. He claimed the Omega Mission Hills World Cup title with compatriot Matt Kuchar to cap off a fine season in which he finished 17th in the FedEx Cup standings. With his power off the tee, he could really dominate if he’s on his game this week.
At the same price of 16/1, I’m also tempted to have a little punt on Bubba Watson. Another long hitter, he picked up two titles in 2011 and will be looking to get his season of to a flyer with a victory here.
He was remarkably consistent throughout the season and finished inside the top ten no less than seven times. With a small field this week and Ladbrokes paying out on each-way bets down to fourth place, he is sure to be there or there abouts.
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