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WGC Matchplay: Rory McIlroy heads a star-studded field in San Francisco

27 Apr | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
WGC Matchplay: Rory McIlroy heads  a star-studded field in San Francisco

With TPC Harding Park given a second bite at the cherry, can Rory make the most of the course´s 15-month renovation?

This week in the golfing world, we head to one of the sport´s most anticipated events of the calendar year. The WGC Matchplay has delighted fans down the years with its unique format, which this year has seen a notable change.

The new format sees 16 pods of four players who will all compete in the usual round-robin format. The winner of each pod will then advance into a single-elimination bracket for the weekend. This has therefore seen the end to “Bloody Wednesday,” which rather brutally could eliminate the top players after only the first round. An added bonus for the top draws in the tournament, but a further headache for all punters in trying to predict a winner.

One man that will be hotly tipped all week is world number one Rory McIlroy. He has experienced some indifferent form of late, but posted two exceptional last scoring rounds in the Masters and looks to be playing some more of the fine golf that we have come to expect. It seems that he is the favourite going into just about every tournament these days, but this time around in the WGC Cadillac it seems like he has a really good chance.

The new format should suit Rory, who will now get the opportunity to get into the swing of things at a more steady pace, rather than relying on being able to come out firing from the word go. He should provide an intimidating opponent for anyone partnered with him and his confident style of play should flourish at TPC Harding Park.

Rory McIlroy to clinch the title for the first time is at 10/1.

When looking into the big tournaments, it is always worth noting previous champions, especially in an event like the WGC Matchplay. If you are to look at a player that has thrived under this format in recent years, then look no further than Hunter Mahan.

The American managed to win the event back in 2012 and also finished runner-up in 2013. Whilst he hasn´t been setting the world alight with his golf of late, he is clearly a player that enjoys this format of golf, so he is definitely a name worth considering as an outside chance this year.

Back Hunter to claim victory again at a very tempting 50/1.