But naturally his price is short enough and there are enough good golfers in this field to oppose Rory. OOSTHUIZEN (33/1) is a favourite golfer of mine – he is a terrific ball-striker who can be unplayable when the mood takes him. He has won an Open and chances are that there are more majors in him. He certainly has the length to play well here, and while his recent form has not set the world on fire it has been perfectly reasonable. I expect him to do well because he has that outside chance of winning the R2D – all the pressure will be on McIlroy and Willett and he can play with a certain amount of attacking freedom.
For the same reason, LOWRY (50/1) warrants some support. Again, recent form is not hugely inspiring, but he has played well here before (fifth last year) and now arrives as a bona fide top player, with a WGC title under his belt. Like Oosthuizen he certainly gets the ball out there off the tee and at the prices looks a great each-way option.
It’s worth looking at other big hitters such as Peter Uihlein and Thomas Pieters, but the final pick goes to a player who squeezed in only at the last minute after Garcia’s WD. STEPHEN GALLACHER has such a good record in the desert swing events that he can’t be ignored completely, especially if there is any wind. While he has not enjoyed the same form as he did in 2014, at a huge price (125/1) in a small field he could give us some fun.