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McIlroy highlights 64-golfer Accenture field
By: Brian Graham - StatFox
Published: 2/19/2014  at  12:01:00 AM
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World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship

Tees Off: Wednesday, February 19
Ritz-Carlton Golf Club – Marana, AZ

Odds to Win Tournament

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Rory McIlroy12-to-1
Jason Day13-to-1
Dustin Johnson13-to-1
Jordan Spieth18-to-1
Matt Kuchar20-to-1
Hunter Mahan20-to-1
Henrik Stenson20-to-1
Justin Rose25-to-1
Sergio Garcia25-to-1
Bubba Watson25-to-1
Webb Simpson25-to-1
Zach Johnson28-to-1
Graeme McDowell30-to-1
Ian Poulter30-to-1
Charl Schwartzel30-to-1
Graham DeLaet35-to-1
Keegan Bradley40-to-1
Ryan Moore40-to-1
Luke Donald40-to-1
Jimmy Walker40-to-1
Brandt Snedeker40-to-1
Steve Stricker40-to-1
Jim Furyk50-to-1
Martin Kaymer50-to-1
Lee Westwood50-to-1
Bill Haas50-to-1
Jason Dufner50-to-1
Harris English50-to-1
Hideki Matsuyama50-to-1
Patrick Reed60-to-1
Gary Woodland60-to-1
Louis Oosthuizen60-to-1
Nick Watney60-to-1
Chris Kirk80-to-1
Rickie Fowler80-to-1
George Coetzee80-to-1
Victor Dubuisson80-to-1
Thomas Bjorn80-to-1
Thorbjorn Olesen80-to-1
Billy Horschel80-to-1
Ernie Els100-to-1
Kevin Stadler100-to-1
Marc Leishman100-to-1
Jamie Donaldson100-to-1
Joost Luiten100-to-1
Francesco Molinari100-to-1
Peter Hanson100-to-1
Scott Piercy100-to-1
Miguel Angel Jimenez125-to-1

Once again, golf takes to bracket-style match play in Wednesday's Accenture Match Play Championship where a field of 64 players will look to take home the big prize at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, AZ. Dove Mountain plays as the longest course on the Tour, but as always, this week will come down to who can make the clutch shots at the big moments. Here’s a look at the best bets for this exciting tournament…

Luke Donald (40/1): Donald's odds are so favorable because has played lousy in his two starts in 2014, placing 37th in Abu Dhabi and 57th at the Qatar Masters. However, the 2011 Accenture champion has won 17 of 25 career matches (68%) in this tournament, including an 8-1 mark in his opening match. Despite being a No. 5 seed this year, Donald has as good a chance as anybody on getting out of the Gary Player bracket, making him the best value pick on the board this week.

Hunter Mahan (20/1): Mahan's odds are pretty unfavorable, but that's because he has thrived in this tournament, going 15-5 in his career. That includes a stellar 11-1 mark over the past two Accenture tourneys, where he won in 2012 and then fell to Matt Kuchar in the finals last year. Despite being tabbed as the No. 8 seed in the toughest bracket in this tournament (Sam Snead bracket), Mahan is still worthy of a small wager at 20-to-1 odds.

Jimmy Walker (40/1): When the hottest golfer in the world is getting 40-to-1 odds, you have to pounce on that. Walker already has three wins during this 2013-14 season thanks to his 301.1 driving distance (15th on tour) that has led to 4.88 birdies per round (4th on tour). As the No. 6 seed in tough Ben Hogan bracket, he's not expected to do much, but if you believe in riding the hot hand, look no further than Walker this week.

Graham DeLaet (35/1): Before last week's disappointing 70th place finish at the Northern Trust Open, DeLaet had tallied four straight top-7 finishes, including back-to-back runner-ups at the Farmers Insurance Open and Phoenix Open. He's the No. 6 seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, and proved that he could thrive in this format during the Presidents Cup in October when he was 3-1-1 in match play. DeLaet should go far in his Accenture debut, and will be a tough out for whoever he faces, making his 35-to-1 price tag very enticing.

Harris English (50/1): English has never played in the Accenture Match play, but he will make his debut with plenty of confidence after the roll he's been on. In his past eight starts, he has not fired a round above 71, finishing 11th or better in five of those events. This includes a victory at the OHL Classic in November and a 10th-place showing last week at the Northern Trust Open. He has a difficult road in this tournament facing Lee Westwood and then likely tourney favorite Rory McIlroy, but if he can get past those two golfers, English could turn a one-unit wager into a monster payoff.

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