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Nic Ladds 3rd Mar 2009 - 21:34

Cheer on Boo in the Honda Classic

Some big names line up for this week's Honda Classic, including last year's winner Ernie Els who can be backed at odds of 14/1 to regain his title.

Els does not seem to be the golfer he once was but his victory here last year came on the back of a four year victory drought on the PGA tour, and having reached the quarter-finals of the WGC Match Play last week could put in a big performance.

Sergio Garcia may be the world number two but he certainly isn't playing like it at the minute.

He was knocked out in the first round of the match play tournament last week having been two up with three to play and at 12/1 you would want him to be in better form coming in to the tournament.

Having said that, he is exceptionally talented and if he can put a big performance, he has the talent to win this with ease.

Camilo Villegas most certainly has the talent to win a big prize soon and if in the mood he could wipe the floor with this field but his driving of the ball has recently been terrible.

The Columbian will no doubt have his backers at odds of 12/1 as he finished runner up here in 2007, but until he sorts his wayward driving out it is hard to back him with confidence.

Mark Wilson won this event in 2007 and having been on a poor run recently came good last week to win in the Mayakoba Classic and is of some interest at 40/1.

Robert Allenby has some good form here having finished fourth and fifth in the last two runnings of this tournament and can be backed at 18/1.

Also at 18/1 is the Northern Irish starlet Rory McIlroy who is destined for big things. He is ultra-consistent and if on-song is a danger to all but his game could perhaps be little too attacking for this course.

There is plenty of water scattered around the course and McIlroy may have to act with a little bit more caution if he is to succeed on his debut at the course.

Boo Weekly is a player who could hardly be in better form. He has finished in the top 20 on his first three starts of 2009 and has finished second in this tournament before.

He played well here last year until a final round of 80 ruined his chances but this is a course for ball strikers and Weekly currently sits first in the stats for greens in regulation and ball striking which gives him an outstanding chance this week at 25/1.

Mark Calcavecchia is another who has been playing well recently and he could finally get a win on a course he clearly loves.

He came fourth in this last year and his last win was in Florida. He has finished fourth and sixth on his last two starts so comes here in good heart and a big showing is expected at odds of 33/1.

At some bigger prices Bart Bryant could be of interest at 66/1 in the betting. Bryant seem to have a liking for courses in the Southern states so will be right at home in Florida.

He has the right game for a course with a tough layout, finished a respectable 24th last year and he has a decent chance at a nice price.

Others to consider are Charlie Wi at 90/1 and Jose Coceres at 100/1 who both have some decent course form and Billy Haas who is also 100/1 who has been playing some excellent golf recently and may be finally about to fulfil his undoubted potential.

In the match bets on offer, Rory McIlroy looks a cracking bet to beat Stewart Cink at 5/6 and Ernie Els look a decent wager to overcome Robert Allenby at 5/6.

Recommendation:
Boo Weekly - 25/1
Mark Calcavecchia - 33/1
Bart Bryant - 66/1

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