Rory McIlroy arrives as a somewhat weak favourite as question marks begin to surface around two powerhouses in the game of golf. McIlroy is under severe pressure with his short game and a missed cut last week might be the kick up the behind he needs. Mentally he remains very fragile but double figures has to be pounced upon when Rory tees it up at a venue which is dominated by length off the tee. His game was way off here last year yet he still managed to notch a top ten, his fourth in his last five outings at Doral. Putting it simply, if his long game is in good nick this week he has a very good chance. He needs to avoid the trouble lurking on this course and his short game shouldn't be under as much scrutiny as recent weeks. Generally speaking his long game has been okay. Last weeks missed cut only serves as back up to the thinking the Honda is almost win or bust for Rory down the years with erratic results.
The Doral set up is more to his liking and I expect him to come to the table this week after the last few weeks being dominated by the so called 'next big 3'. Spieth continues to struggle with his putter in 2016 and he comes to Doral at 11/1. I personally feel it is a very tempting price considering he could strike back into gear with the flat stick at any point. His record here is modest however and I can see his long game struggling a bit with the many dangers that lurk around this course. I wouldn't put anyone off backing him at 11s though, it is a bit juicy.