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Kaymer favourite in Arizona

German is bookies' top tip for WGC-Accenture Match Play title

Posted Feb 25, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Martin Kaymer

The WGC-Accenture Match Play competition has thrown up some surprises this week and heading into the final two days action, our tip, Martin Kaymer, is definitely the firm favourite to win it. That’s not just the opinion here at Imagine Golf, no, Ladbrokes.com also have the German as top dog at 6/1 along with Britain’s best hope, Graeme McDowell.

The reason for this optimism is today’s fixtures are definitely in their favour. Although there isn’t an easy match within this tournament, McDowell, destined for the world number three spot, plays YE Yang who the bookies consider to be the biggest outsider at 25/1. And Kaymer’s opponent, Hunter Mahan, is at 12/1.
And with the likes of Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Stewart Cink and Ross Fisher all out of the event it has left the door wide open for G-Mac and the world number two to exploit.

McIlroy’s conqueror Ben Crane, who hammered the Northern Irishman 8&7, is worth a little flutter as he now meets chilled out Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez in the last 16. Ladbrokes have Crane at 16/1 but with this kind of form he is definitely in with a great chance of walking away with the huge cheque for first place.
However, I can’t see beyond Kaymer. He has the chance to become the world number one by reaching the final of this event after Westwood’s early exit and there is no bigger incentive for the 25-year-old. He really is proving himself to be the man to beat in world golf at the minute and it will take a lot to stop him from dominating this year as the likes of Tiger have done in the past.

Here is the draw for the last 16, all times are GMT and the seeding of each player appears in brackets:
1735 (28) Rickie Fowler v (13) Matt Kuchar
1747 (5) Graeme McDowell v (43) YE Yang (Kor)
1759 (29) Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) v (19) Bubba Watson
1811 (37) Jason Day (Aus) v (64) JB Holmes
1823 (31) Nick Watney v (47) Ryan Moore
1835 (56) Matteo Manassero (Ita) v (9) Luke Donald (Eng)
1847 (2) Martin Kaymer (Ger) v (18) Hunter Mahan
1859 (38) Ben Crane v (22) Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

 

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