WGC Cadillac Championship
March 6, 2012 3 Comments
WGC Cadillac Championship
Well. We have barely finished popping the corks celebrating our new world number one player and even before the hangovers have subsided and the full English breakfast has been digested, we are off again! It seems there is no rest for the wicked as the greatest show on grass rolls on…
Thankfully, it’s not even 90 miles from the PGA National and as with their other fine events, the World Golf Championships have brought together the best golfers in the world again to a special venue in the latest chapter of the WGC series.
Date: 7th – 11th March 2012
Venue: Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Florida, USA – Blue Monster Course
Well. The famed TPC Blue Monster Course of the Doral Golf Resort & Spa has played host to the PGA Tour for almost 50 years. In fact, virtually every great name in golf has had a moment of personal triumph at this world-class venue. Originally designed by Dick Wilson, this course provide a challenging test for the world’s best players. At 7,334 yards, both length and finesse are needed to score well on this historic course. The now named TPC Blue Monster features the famous 18th hole, a demanding par 4 that is ranked consistently as one of the Top 100 Holes in the World.
Yards: 7,334 yards
Par: Par 72
Well. The field here at Trumps new $150 million toy rivals that of any major and includes the top ten golfers in the world, the top golfing ten on the PGA Tour, the ten top golfers a-top the FedEx Cup standings and golfs top ten from the one and only European Tour as well as all of the winners of the bigger events on the all three of the worlds best tours. Funny what effects an $8,500,000 purse and a $1,500,000 winners cheque can carry. Interestingly, and perhaps reflective of the global game, if Poulter makes it through the man flu, 38 of the 74 field will be regular European Tour players.
Not everyone can be a punters’ favourite though – the WGC also has some also-rans in Tetsuji Hiratsuka, Garth Mulroy, Juvic Pagunsan and Tadahiro Takayama (all 969/1 with BetDaq). In case the long odds are your tipple.
There’s a lot to consider this week including Nick Watney (37/1 with BetDaq), last years winner and holder of two of the top ten shots from 2011 however, his putting may be a little too inconsistent to ignite your interest. Then there is the return of Paul Casey (242/1 with BetDaq!), after his long awaited recovery from a snowboarding injury at Christmas. Then lets not forget Tiger Woods (33/5 with BetDaq) – whose last win here in 2007 ensured that he was the first played in Tour history to win the same event six times! His current form, especially his closing course record 62 on Sunday, means he once again means business.
Ones to watch:
Four events in to 2012 and with two top tens and a victory to his name, WGC Match Play Champion Hunter Mahan has relatively long odds for someone in such competitive form. At 38/1 (with BetDaq) these generous odds are largely due to his form flying under the radar while the big four make all the noise – it is Mahan who sits quietly in the top ten of much of the stat line items on the PGA Tour and it is there in black and white that no one scores better than him on the front nine!
Our new world number one on this rich vein of form must always be worth watching as its Rory McIlroy (13/2 at BetFred) who is deadliest on tour with scrambling – ably demonstrated by the performance at the Honda Classic this weekend past. That said rightly pipping Westwood (above to the top of the stats board) is Rors who leads the PGA Tour in putting, scrambling and scoring – no wonder then that he leads the Race to Dubai, is second in the PGA Money List and heads the world rankings. But when will his bubble burst?
Ones to win:
I have to admit to not being his greatest supporter but it’s great to have golf’s biggest attraction back in the mix at the business end of the leaderboard on a Sunday. With those six victories in this very event to his name, a hot putter and a lightening resurgence up the world rankings (now in 16th) its’ Tiger Woods (7/1 at Ladbrokes) who as second favourite, still has a lot to prove to win on the PGA Tour once again. Would you bet against him?
With 6 events played on both sides of the pond culminating in 4 top 5s and no worse than a 17th place – its England’s Lee Westwood who has again lost out in the title race for the world number one spot but who will likely once again challenge this weekend. Westwood ranks in the top 5 on the PGA Tour in scrambling, proximity to the hole and scoring and comes with odds as long as 15/1 with BetDaq.
Dorals favourite poster boy Nick Watney with a -2 handicap is at 10/1 with PaddyPower.
Justin Rose to be first round leader returns odds of 50/1 with William Hill.
Thank me later!