A limited, but elite field of around 70 professional golfers tee-off at TPC Blue Monster next Thursday in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which is the second World Golf Championship event to held this year. Formerly held at the magnificent Mount Juliet course in Ireland, the WGC-Cadillac Championship has found its new home at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Florida.
The published field includes a list of former winners including the defending champion Ernie Els and the 2007 winner Tiger Woods. Australian Geoff Ogilvy showed his fondness for the Bermuda grass layout when he ran out a one-stroke winner in 2008 while the current US Masters champion Phil Mickelson birdied himself to victory in 2009 at the expense of Nick Watney and Jim Furyk.
Ball control is paramount to success at Doral so the likes of Bill Haas, Ian Poulter, Martin Kaymer and Graeme McDowell all look to have solid chances. Another key to winning at Doral is par 5 performance. Els shot -12 in that department last year so take note of long hitters like Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. One important factor that could determine the winner this week is the wind. Florida is notoriously windy at this time of year so look for players like Retief Goosen, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Charl Schwartzel to benefit from windy conditions.
Graeme McDowell 16/1
Tied 6th last year. The course looks set to play right into his hands and when the pressure mounts on the top of the leaderboard in the final round, McDowell will have the coolest head around
Ian Poulter 45/1
6 top 10 finishes in 23 WGC events and 9 top 10’s on Bermuda grass. Poulter is an exceptional ball-striker and really fancy his chances this week
Geoff Ogilvy 5/4 and 30/1
Winner here in 2007. Ogilvy grew up in Australia playing Bermuda style courses so he feels right at home on this course. He has a phenomenal record not only on Bermuda grass but also in the World Golf Championships