Following last week's success, Tom Allen previews the latest action.
Hard to know how those that competed in the Matchplay will fare this week, they predictably dominate the betting, but two players who did tee it up seemingly hold excellent claims and both Camilo Villegas and Boo Weekley are taken to battle it out in Florida.
Weekley, a Florida native, played only OK last week in Arizona but he had enough about him to see-off Justin Rose in round one before running into Sean O’Hair. His form prior to that had been excellent however and big Boo will relish playing in front of his own fans.
The Ryder Cup star enjoyed a highly productive first half to last season and his consistency was rewarded with victory in the Verizon. He was successfully defending his title there which all but secured his place at Valhalla and with that in mind it was understandable that his form tailed-off somewhat before the biannual match.
Weekley has come back in top shape however following the winter break playing solidly at Kapalua, when 15th, before creeping into the top ten at the Sony Open and having played just the one round last week will have ensured he is raring to go.
Boo spoiled a solid week here last season when he slumped to an 80 on the final day but in 2007 he was denied only by Mark Wilson in a playoff for the title at PGA National and he’ll be relishing a return.
Also defeated in that playoff two years back was Camilo Villegas but the Columbian’s career has blossomed since. He quite rightly commands a place in the world’s top ten these days and two victories at the end of last season in the highest company confirmed he is top class.
Those wins at the BMW and Tour Championships in September came off the back of a third at the Deutsche Bank and Camilo is certainly a player to keep on the right side of once he gets hot. A third at the Buick on his last stroke play start was a disappointment having opened with a blistering 63 and it took the sublime Geoff Ogilvy to stop him last week at Dove Mountain.
Ogilvy, of course, went on to lift the trophy having got the better of Villegas in the last 16 but prior to that the selection had dismantled Rod Pampling and Miguel Angel Jimenez and will have taken plenty of confidence from his performance. Last year’s top-30 here was encouraging enough, he wasn't in great form at the time, and he should be outright favourite in my eyes.
Of the rest, Justin Leonard is worth chancing. The Texan is a former winner of this event, admittedly when it was played elsewhere, and bounced back last week to make the last eight having defeated Stenson, Love III and Wilson along the way. That was a good effort after two missed cuts and he looks overpriced at around the 40.0 mark in an event lacking any notable strength in depth.
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