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Rupert Wyman 29th Feb 2012 - 11:50

Bobby to open the Gates at the Honda Classic

This week the PGA Tour heads to the Honda Classic, a strong field has assembled at Palm Beach Gardens, the favourite for the tournament is Northern Ireland's Mcllroy (8/1).

He lost the final of the Accenture Match Play last week to Hunter Mahan but he has been in good form of late.

Hunter's win capped a cracking week of golf and it was one of many upsets. Mcllroy excelled on the back nine in the final but was unable to complete the comeback. He has netted eight top-three finishes in his last eleven starts and two wins.

A victory this week, will give him enough world ranking points to overtake Luke Donald as the world number one.

The crowds in Florida will be massive and many of them will be there to see just one man, Tiger Woods (12/1).

He was tied for fifteenth at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, there was little problem with his driving accuracy but his putting was atrocious.  Once the world's best player, he is now taking putting advice from Steve Stricker.

It is important to remember that he got a monkey off his back at the end of last season when he won the Chevron Challenge.  After going more than two years without a win, he has proved his game is back and he is mentally ready to win golf events.

If his putting is in gear, there is no doubt that he can win at a price 12/1, that would have been unheard of a few years back.

Mark Wilson (40/1) finished third in the Accenture Match Play Championship, he is the 2007 Honda Classic winner and he was not overawed by Westwood (10/1) in the third/fourth place play-off at the weekend.

He has started the season on fire and he has already won the Humana Challenge. He has won five times and they have all come in the first three months on the Tour.

Robert Allenby (45/1) could be a big player at the Honda Classic, leading by two, the experienced Australian threw away victory in the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico at the weekend.  Allenby resides in Palm Beach and he has three top-5s since the event moved to the PGA National.

There is no reason, why we won't have a first time winner at the event. This season, on the Tour, there have been nine tournaments and two first time winners, Kyle Stanley (33/1) and John Huh (66/1).

Bobby Gates (250/1) could be a first time winner, he has played six events this season and made the cut in all. He was tied for eight recently at the Humana Challenge and there is no reason why he will not be in contention at a massive price.

He is fourteenth on the Tour for driving distance, he sometimes lacks the accuracy but he makes enough birdies.



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