BOOKIES have installed Arizona local Geoff Ogilvy as one of the favourites to win the $US9 million Accenture World Matchplay Championship at Dove Mountain this week.
Ogilvy is the defending champion and has reached the final in three of the four years he has played and won it twice.
He has a 17 – 2 individual match record, putting him on equal footing in most betting markets with number one seed Steve Stricker.
Ogilvy is also on a high after wife Juli gave birth to their third child this week, a baby boy named Harvey Jack.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both absent for the event but with such a high quality field there are some delicious looking match-ups.
There are four Aussies taking part, including Ogilvy first up playing Swede Alexander Noren, Robert Allenby facing Swede Peter Hanson, and Australian Open winner Adam Scott facing US Masters champion Angel Cabrera.
The fourth Aussie is rising star Michael Sim, who will feature in one of the matches of the day against the young Japanese superstar Ryo Ishikawa.
Extensive Australian free to air TV Coverage
Channel Ten’s One HD channel will provide a massive 28 hours of live coverage of the championship over five days this week.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday there will four hours each day from 6am to 10am and on Sunday and Monday the live coverage will be eight hours each day starting at 2am.
The first round of match play, featuring 32 head-to-head matches, begins Wednesday (US time) at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.
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