Rory McIlroy once again arrives as a very uneasy favourite. It is no secret that Sawgrass does not suit his game however I would be surprised if he didn't oblige here at some stage in his career. Mickelson and Tiger did despite it not being their track either, so I fully expect Rory to do the same some year. Whether this is the year it all clicks together is questionable. His putting stroke still looks quite poor left hand below right and I believe the sooner he reverts to type the better. That will be hard to do though as it admits defeat. He came with a wet sail at Quail Hollow on Sunday, as he usually does only to come up a few shots shy. Why it takes until Sunday for his shackles to come off is anyone's guess. It is my personal opinion Rory is affected by outside influences too much and finds it hard to concentrate on course. It has been a disappointing period for the world's most gifted golfer but he'll come out of it at some stage no doubt. The 8/1 on offer could tempt a few but I'm happy to take him on with a host of other players in better form and better equipped to take this challenge on.
Where better to start but with our most recent winner on this column Branden Grace. Earlier slightly more tastier prices about Branden have gone by the wayside but he remains the best betting prospect in the field. He followed his win at the Heritage with a top ten in Texas and I fully expect him to show his class at Sawgrass this week. Two modest made cuts from two visits to Ponte Vedra is enough to suggest he has the tools for this course. What was mighty impressive about his win around Heritage was his low stinger irons off the tee. With the course drying out at Sawgrass this should be his aim once again and if he takes this tactic to the tee I can't see him out of the top ten. His short game has improved dramatically and he is one who has perfected the claw grip on the putter. The way his game is right now he is made for Sawgrass so he has to be number one on everyone's list.