By Andrew Robinson
The Tournament of Champions in Hawaii was supposed to show off some of the best golfers in the world, but if anything it’s been a showcase of the powers of Mother Nature.
Play has been abandoned for three consecutive days in Maui, with gales and rain making play impossible. The PGA hopes to have things done and dusted by Tuesday evening at the Plantation Course at Kapalua, with the players completing two rounds on Monday with the final round on Tuesday.
Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter is the only Briton in a 30-man field that includes Masters champion Bubba Watson, 2011 US PGA winner Keegan Bradley and defending champion American Steve Stricker.
The man who took Medinah by storm during the Ryder Cup, said playing out on the course on the first two days was simply “not golf”. He is 18/1 with Paddy Power to show the Americans what he’s made of and land the $1.1 million prize.
The field is packed with US golfers who suffered at the hands of Poulter in Chicago and they’ll be looking to get their own back on the Englishman.
Jason Dufner, Webb Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson, Brandt Snedeker, Stricker and Watson are all in within a shout of exacting some revenge.
The tournament has a history of previous winners – Geoff Ogilvy and Stuart Appleby – retaining their title. If Stricker can get his putter fired up he looks a good bet at 12/1 with Paddy Power.
If you’re looking for a little more value with the online bookmaker, Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler, who both narrowly missed out on Ryder Cup selection are in with a shout and at 22/1 can bridge the gap to pay day at the end of the month.