Author: David Archer
Published: 08:57 07/03/2013
The tour returns to Doral in Miami at the course nicknamed the Blue Monster due to the amount of water that is prevalent. The 7,334 yard course has lived up to its monster tag the last couple of years when the winning score has been 6 under par. This has mostly been due to windy conditions and in calmer years the winning scores have been comfortably in double figures. This year there is an expectation of winds up to 15 mph, and this will guarantee a good test for the players.
Keegan Bradley tied here for eighth last year, and is starting to show some good form now. A steely competitor who will not back down if in with a chance of winning and if it does get breezy he has the game to cope with conditions.
Another man to have on your side is Justin Rose. He is the defending champion and it would be no surprise if he was to win again this year. He has the look of a man who now firmly believes in his ability and is comfortable with being bracketed with the likes of the Woods and the McIlroys as a likely winner of events. It will be interesting this year to see if he he makes the leap from the pack and really contends regularly as the world class player that I believe he could be.
Tiger Woods is starting to look as if he can only win on tracks that he has liked in the past, and the Blue Monster fits into this profile. He is currently at 12/1, which may look a big price come Sunday evening. I will pass this week as I would rather wait till he plays at Bay Hill where he has a truly excellent record, and swallow up any early prices for that event on him.
Rory Mac had a well documented disaster last week and is easily dismissed, even at the odds of 25/1. Wonder when he was last at those odds!
Another interesting player to note is Matt Kuchar who has come eighth, fifth and third in the last three years. If he has come down from the high of winning the Accenture Matchplay Championship he is likely to put on a bold show.
Recommendations: Keegan Bradley 25/1 e/w five places Stan James, Bet 365 and Ladbrokes.
Justin Rose 16/1 e/w five places Stan James,Bet 365, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power.