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2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored
By Drew Sharper 

MIAMI, FL (TheSpread) – This week, the featured golf event is part of the World Golf Championship as the top players in the world will compete in the Cadillac Championship.

According to oddsmakers, Rory McIlroy, the new No. 1 ranked golfer, is the favorite to win this event, as he has been given 6/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Tiger Woods (7/1), Phil Mickelson (12/1), and Lee Westwood (14/1).

McIlroy is now the top-ranked golfer in the world following a win in last week’s Honda Classic. McIlroy has been on a tear, finishing in the top 5 in 10 of his last 11 tournaments, with the worst showing in that run being an 11th-place finish.

Woods has actually won this event six times and he owns the course and tournament record. His last win in this event was in 2007. Woods is now 16th in the world rankings following a runner-up finish last week. Woods has finished 17th or better his in last six tournaments, which includes three top 3’s and a victory. Woods placed 10th in this tournament last year.

Mickelson claimed this championship back in 2009. Mickelson is 12th in the world rankings and he has finished in the top 2 in his last two tournaments. Mickelson placed 55th in this event last year and 14th in 2010.

Westwood is third in the world rankings. He is on a run of three-straight top-4 finishes and eight top 20’s in his last 9 tournaments. Westwood placed 18th in this tournament last year and 30th in 2010.

The WGC-Cadillac Championship takes place from Thursday, March 8 to Sunday, March 11 from Doral-Blue Monster Course in Miami, Florida. For complete odds for each golfer to win the WGC-Cadillac Championship, see below.

2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship Odds to Win

Rory Mcilroy 6/1
Tiger Woods 7/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Lee Westwood 14/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Dustin Johnson 28/1
Nick Watney 28/1
Martin Kaymer 28/1
Luke Donald 30/1
Matt Kuchar 33/1
Sergio Garcia 35/1
Hunter Mahan 35/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Justin Rose 40/1
Rickie Fowler 45/1
Webb Simpson 45/1
Jason Day 50/1
Graeme McDowell 50/1
Bill Haas 60/1
Aaron Baddeley 66/1
Fredrik Jacobson 66/1
Bubba Watson 66/1
Martin Laird 66/1
Kyle Stanley 70/1
Brandt Snedeker 70/1
Ben Crane 75/1
Francesco Molinari 80/1
John Senden 90/1
Paul Casey 90/1
Bo VanPelt 90/1
Mark Wilson 90/1
Geoff Ogilvy 90/1
Peter Hanson 90/1
David Toms 90/1
Retief Goosen 100/1
Louis Oosthuizen 100/1
Zach Johnson 100/1
KJ Choi 100/1
Charles Howell III 100/1
YE Yang 110/1
Vijay Singh 110/1
Gary Woodland 110/1
Paul Lawrie 110/1
Ian Poulter 110/1
Nicolas Colsaerts 110/1
Alvaro Quiros 110/1
Thomas Bjorn 125/1
Robert Rock 125/1
Robert Karlsson 125/1
Anders Hansen 125/1
Jonathan Byrd 125/1
Jason Dufner 140/1
Sang-Moon Bae 150/1
Johnson Wagner 175/1
Greg Chalmers 175/1
Simon Dyson 175/1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 175/1
Miguel A Jimenez 200/1
Branden Grace 200/1
Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 250/1
Alexander Noren 250/1
Jbe Kruger 250/1
KT Kim 250/1
Marcus Fraser 300/1
Pablo Larrazabal 300/1
Darren Clarke 350/1
Tetsuji Hiratsuka 400/1
Hennie Otto 400/1
Chez Reavie 500/1
Juvic Pagunsan 600/1
Tadahiro Takayama 600/1
Garth Mulroy 600/1

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Re: 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

WGC-Cadillac Championship: PGA Betting Preview and Picks
By Matt Fargo

The Sunday finish at The Honda Classic turned into a great made-for-TV event as Rory McIlroy held off a Sunday charge from Tiger Woods to win by two strokes.

The PGA Tour continues on the Florida swing, heading to Doral for the WGC-Cadillac Championship this week. This is the second event in three weeks where we have a star-studded field. All Top-50 players in the world are competing, giving PGA bettors one of the best fields of the year.

The Doral-Blue Monster Course is an interesting one. It has the reputation for causing havoc, especially the intimidating finishing hole. Last year, No. 18 played as the second most difficult hole, averaging 4.31 for the week. Ironically, of the 22 par-72 courses played in 2011, it was the ninth easiest for a second straight year. That should tell you something about the rest of the course, as it has been the seventh easiest in putting over the last four years.

This is just the eighth year that the WGC event has been played here but Doral has been a host course since 1962, which is one of the longest runs on tour. Weather shouldn’t be a factor with the forecast looking good, but winds will once again be a concern for the players. There are only 74 players in the field this week and no cut on the weekend, which means players are likely to take more chances.

The play of Rory McIlroy (+600) was outstanding in winning the Honda Classic. He did nothing spectacular on Sunday, with just two birdies and one bogey. But he never lost the lead, which was just big enough to hold off Woods. He ascended to No. 1 in the world with the victory and is now on an amazing streak of 11 Top-5 finishes in last 12 starts.

We saw some magic from Tiger Woods (+600) Sunday that we haven’t seen in a long time. He shot a 62 and he would have broken the course record had it not been for Brian Harman's 61 on Friday. He won this event three times in a row from 2005 to 2007 and six times overall.

The defending champion is Nick Watney (+2,500). He won by two shots over Dustin Johnson thanks to a final-round 67 last year. He has been pretty average but did play well at the Accenture Match Play, winning two matches before losing 3 and 2 to Lee Westwood. His win here last year was no fluke. He finished solo second in 2009, one back of winner Phil Mickelson.

We used Charl Schwartzel (+2,500) last week and he finished a solid T5 with his poor first-round 71 hurting his chances. He’s had success at Doral, finishing T24 last year which was a disappointment after his solo second in 2010. He finished no worse than T16 in major tournaments against similar competition last year, including a win at The Masters.

Dustin Johnson (+2,500) looks to have found his game after a slow start. He has three straight Top-10 showings, including a T9 at the Accenture in his last start. He had two Top-5 performances prior to that and has had success at Doral in the past. He finished in solo second after a small stumble on Sunday last year. We haven’t seen the breakout year that many thought would take place after the win at the Barclays, but this could be the start for Johnson.

With all the big names that have won this event (Woods, Ogilvy, Mickelson, Els and Watney) it's hard to pick a long shot. But the best option here is Rickie Fowler (+4,000). He has yet to break through and has been the bridesmaid four times. But his game is on track and he’s coming off a Sunday 66 to finish T7 at the Honda. He also had a Sunday 66 last year at Doral to finish solo eighth.

Recommended tournament win five pack at the WGC-Cadillac Championship (all for one unit)

Tiger Woods (+600)
Nick Watney (+2,500)
Charl Schwartzel (+2,500)
Dustin Johnson (+2,500)
Rickie Fowler (+4,000)

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