Well last week showed yet again that anyone can win on any given weekend. Mr. Michael Thompson captured his first career victory. While I didn’t pick him (and honestly who did) I did get Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Lee Westwood and Charl Schwartzel all in the top-10 so it could have been worse.
This week it is time for another World Golf Championships event. On tap this week is the Cadillac Championship in Miami Florida. This event is played over the Tournament Players Club at Trump Doral dubbed the “Blue Monster.” The course will play to 7,334 yards and to a par of 72. The course boasts the second toughest hole of the PGA Tour in 2012. It is the 18th and there are not many courses with a better finishing hole. There is water down the entire left side which is a factor on the 467 yard par four finishing hole.
Since the Cadillac Championship came to Doral in 2007 some of golf’s biggest names have tasted victory in this event. The short list includes the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose, Nick Watney and Geoff Ogilvy (wire-to-wire victory in 2008). Since coming to Doral, none of the Cadillac Championship records have been set but when you think of Doral and a weekend of top tier golf it doesn’t get much better outside of Augusta. There is no cut this weekend which is a nice (or sad if you are playing horrible) change for the players with the winner taking home a cool $1.4M out of the $8.5M total purse. The 2012 edition of the WGC Cadillac Championship champion, Justin Rose, is here this week to defend his title.
Doral has been home to many events and was a mainstay on the tour schedule from 1962 until 2006. Many tournaments have called Doral home during this time period with some examples being the Ford Championship (2003-2006), the Genuity (2001-2002), the Doral Ryder Open (1987-2000) amongst others. But one thing that they all had in common was the traditional term meant to describe an event, “The Doral.”
Doral has a history of memorable moments over the history of any event hosted here and there has been some form of tour stop at the Blue Monster for 50 years. Here are some memorable moments from Doral history
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A tour stop would not be complete without a charity at the forefront of the event. As with most WGC events the primary charity is the 1st Tee. The purpose of the First Tee is to develop affordable golf learning facilities to provide an avenue for young people of diverse needs and backgrounds to enjoy the game of golf while also building character in the youth of today. Other beneficiaries of tour charities this weekend are the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida chapter as well as The Boys and Girls Clubs of Broward.
When you think of a World Golf Championship event it is hard not to think about the best players in the world today. So with that in mind who are some guys worth watching this weekend?
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