The WGC Cadillac is the biggest golf tournament of the year thus far and the first WGC event of the season, with almost all of the best players in the world present.
There is more than $9m in prize money up for grabs and the no-cut format of the tournament and restricted field (just the top 50 players in the world rankings plus around 20 other players drawn from the rankings of the various tours that co-sanction the WGC events) mean that it really is four days of high class golf. Since 2007 it has been held in Doral, Florida and the defending champion is Patrick Reed. The nature of the course and the tournament produces winners of the highest calibre – recent victors include Tiger Woods (twice at Doral and seven times in this event in total), Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson.
Of course, Woods won’t be competing here as he seeks to get his game and fitness back but otherwise just about all the top players are present, including, of course, world number one Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irish golfer may have missed the cut last week but he remains the man to beat, although the defending champion and world number 16 Reed will also fancy his chances, as will two-time runner-up and world number two Bubba Watson.
Those seeking to have a bet on this magnificent tournament should note that Betfred have a handy insurance promotion that gives you money back on losing outright winner bets if your player is second to the hot favourite McIlroy.
Place a pre-tournament bet using real cash on who will win the WGC Cadillac and if your player finishes second behind the 6/1 (though as short as 9/2 elsewhere) favourite Betfred will give you a free bet equal to your stake up to a maximum of £50. The freebie will be added to eligible accounts within 24 hours and is stake not returned, with win singles and the win amount of any each way bets counting for the money back.
With so much class in the field there are several players with a real chance but the two we have mentioned are the ones that we think have the best chance of beating the world’s best golfer. Bubba has missed out by a single stroke twice in the last three years and his game is in good shape after three consecutive top 14 finishes at the start of the season. Odds of 12/1 are generous, whilst Reed, who saw off Watson 12 months ago, represents real value at 25/1 and finished T7 last week at the Honda Classic.
Both of these guys have a real chance of winning but if they don’t quite have enough to seal the deal and Rory just pips them, Betfred will give you a second bite of the golfing cherry and you really can’t say fairer than that.