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P.J. Murray 30th Nov 2011 - 10:53

Can you see the Woods from the Par Threes

If there was a tournament for Tiger Woods to get back to winning ways, then this is it. He hosts his annual get together of golf buddies who shoot it out for a $5m prize fund, of which the winner gets $1.2m.

The defending champion is Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell but he isn't participating this year. He beat the host and this year's favourite, Tiger, in a playoff last year.

Despite hosting the event Tiger only just managed to gain entry due to the fact his world ranking has slipped so much. The former World Number One has stated his intent to play a full 2012 season, and as such he will look to start in the best way possible. At 11/4 he is mirroring the prices that would have been quoted about him at his peak. But with a field that includes Jim Furyk and Jason Day, it may appear a little too short. His performance in the Presidents Cup was somewhat flattering and inflated due to the fact he holed 'the winning putt'.  His best finish this year was a T4 at the Masters.

Keegan Bradley (18/1) is the only major winner taking part this year. The 25 year old is no longer a Tour unknown after he stunned the golfing world with his impressive win at the PGA Championship. The American has watched the tournament every year, but I'm sure he never envisaged that he would be participating in it, at least not so soon into his career. The rookie will have no fear going into the season ending event and is sure to put it up to the big boys, he could well be worth an each way shout.

Steve Stricker (16/1) is the highest ranked player in the field, the veteran will be taking on his Presidents Cup partner Tiger Woods. Although the duo didn't hit the highs of their previous pairings this was not down to Steve, rather a lame Tiger. Stricker also has the highest putting average in the field and has the best Birdie average. His short game at the moment is on fire but he may be let down by his driving.

Jason Day (14/1) is one to watch, the Australian has had a sensational 2011 and claiming the $1.2m first prize here would be the perfect end. The only real blip came in his home tournament, the Australia Open when he finished T6 and has limited the amount of visits to Australia he can have next year. He has only missed the cut three times all year, not that there is one for this tournament, but it gives an indication to the consistency of his play. His ability to scramble is among the best in the game and this could serve him well over a tricky course.  At 2/1 he is a good bet for best Rest of the World player.

Bubba Watson (20/1) had a blow out at the Australia Open, he went into the final day one stroke off the lead, but after he shanked his first drive of the day things went from bad to worse. He eventually tied for 12th at 7 under, a long way off from where he started. But he can never be discounted and his three tour wins this season are testament to that.



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