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Nic Ladds 28th Oct 2009 - 15:58

Kim set to be more than a match for his rivals

Golf fans and punters alike may be disappointed to see that this year's Volvo World Match Play has been moved from the prestigious Wentworth to the Finca Cortesin Golf Club in Spain, and a whole new format to go with the new location.

Instead of being a straight knock out the tournament now is made up for four groups where each player plays each other in a round-robin style then the top player in each group progresses to the semi final where a normal knock-out will ensue.

This had made it a lot harder to pick out the winner as some big guns are drawn together and with the winner having to play seven rounds of golf in four days, fitness could be at a premium.

As a result of this, Paul Casey (10/1) and Martin Kaymer (14/1) are ruled out as they are both coming back from injury. While both undoubtedly have the talent to win this, seven rounds may just be a step too far for the pair so they are readily opposed.

Second in the betting at 7/1 is Sergio Garcia and while he may feel that with the tournament in his homeland he already has an advantage, he has failed to capitalise the last two weeks in Spain and while often good in match play cannot be backed with any confidence and in Group B, outsider Oliver Wilson makes appeal to win the group at 4/1.

To win the whole thing at 25/1 may be a step too far but having shown solid skills in the Vivendi Trophy and the Ryder Cup, and although he is yet to get that break through win, he is more than capable of seeing off Garcia, Kaymer and another serial loser Robert Allenby in Group B.

A lot of punters will be fancying the winner to come out of Group C as it looks very strong with Rory McIlroy (15/2), Henrik Stenson (9/1), Angel Cabrera (16/1) and Simon Dyson (25/1) and all look potential winners.

Cabrera and Stenson have both shown a liking for match play previously, while McIlroy played very well in the Vivendi Trophy and had a reasonable run in the Accenture Match Play, well enough to suggest he can mix it here, while Dyson is in good form and could pull out a mild shock but may be outclassed by these.

Out of the four, Cabrera is the pick at 16/1 for outright glory or 3/1 to top the group as while Stenson has been off for a few weeks practising, he may still be a little rusty and Cabrera can take advantage of this and see off McIlroy also who has been underperforming by his high standards recently.

The main selection is the sole American in the line up, Anthony Kim whose attacking style of golf could end up reaping dividends over the course of the four days.

Kim is in a group with rank outsider Scott Strange (100/1), perennial nearly man Retief Goosen (12/1) and Casey who as we already discussed has doubts about his fitness.

Despite a poor showing in the Justin Timberlake, as we have so often seen, stroke play form can go out the window and Kim has a good match play record and will be fit as fiddle coming in to this and he looks the bet for group glory at 9/4 and indeed outright glory at 14/1, while Oliver Wilson is worth a bet to win Group B at 4/1.


Anthony Kim to win - 16/1

Oliver Wilson to win Group B - 4/1


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