Lara's Bets - The Hero World Challenge

We are again treated to three tournaments across the globe over the next four days but I think all eyes will be on the Hero World Golf Challenge in the Bahamas and the return of Tiger Woods.

Last year this tournament benefited massively from having Tiger on the bench and instead in the commentary box, if the worst happens and he doesn’t line up each day let's hope he joins the commentary team once again. 

Dustin or Jordan?

Dustin and Jordan set for another big year!

Favourite is the 2016 Player of the Year Dustin Johnson (5-1), closely followed by the recent Australian Open victor Jordan Spieth (6-1). Personally of the two I would pick Jordan now he has his mojo back, plus he was fourth here last year and won in 2014, whilst DJ could only manage 15th 12 months ago and was on ‘his hiatus’ two years ago.

Hideki and Stenson

Stenson not pictured obvs

Those two are followed by two recent winners, the World Golf Championships victor Hideki Matsuyama (15-2) and the Race To Dubai Points scorer Henrik Stenson (10-1). Personally would chose the latter.

There is no denying that Hideki has had a brilliant year and he should improve on last year’s last place in this tournament, and he played well in Australia last week, but the course should suit Stenson’s play and he comes into this with some fresh legs. 

Each way on Reed?

Return of the King

Genting Bet are offering a very fair four places at a quarter of the odds in a field of 18 which certainly make some each way betting worthwhile.

For tournament form and sheer aggression I would pick Patrick Reed (12-1). The Ryder Cup hero put in two mediocre performances in October and has not been seen since but having been runner-up here in 2015 and fourth the year before he clearly loves this course.

Interesting to note that Reed will be playing with Tiger during the first two rounds, this could go either way for him, positive I hope!

Outsiders and people to stay clear of

JB could pay for Xmas!

As the founder of the Rickie Fowler Fan Club™ I would love to see him cruise to victory and will have a couple of £££ on him at 16-1 with the only worry that he may be suffering from a mild case of jet lag after he and partner Jimmy Walker (33-1) spent last weekend at the Golf World Cup where they finished a respectable second. 

It is not often the most anticipated player of a tournament goes off at 33-1 but that is where Tiger is currently sitting. He is not the only player on the comeback trail though, Olympic Gold medalist Justin Rose (16-1) is set to return after taking some time off to assist the recovery of a back injury. With doubts over both players fitness (mental and physical) I would sit back and cheer them on but leave them off the betting slip. 

Instead head the way of JB Holmes as the final pick. He put in a fairy decent performance in his last appearance at the World Golf Championship but does need to play his two opening rounds with Zach Johnson. If he can stay awake JB could pay for Christmas at 33-1.

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