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WGC-Cadillac Championship

March 5 – 8, 2015

Trump National Doral

Miami, Fla.

Par: 72 / Yardage: 7,481

Purse: $9.25 million

with $1,572,500 to the winner

Defending Champion:
Patrick Reed

by Sal Johnson

Founder, Chief Data Officer, GOLFstats

E-mail me at:
sal@golfstats.com

This week’s field includes:

The field includes all 50 of the top 50 in the latest Official World Rankings, the best field for 2015.  

The field includes 13 of the top 25 on the FedEx point standings for 2015 which many will think is a bit of a surprise.  Those top-25  players not in the field are: #10 James Hahn (Baby due in next week), #12 Ben Martin, #15 Daniel Berger, #16 Scott Piercy, #17 Nick Watney, #18 Shawn Stefani, #19 Harris English, #20 Brendon de Jonge, #21 Padraig Harrington, #22 Russell Knox, #24 Kevin Streelman and #25 Brendan Steele.

The field includes 14 players in the top 25 on this year’s PGA Tour money list.  Those top-25  players not in the field are: #12 James Hahn (Baby due in next week), #13 Ben Martin, #14 Nick Watney, #16 Daniel Berger, #17 Padraig Harrington, #18 Scott Piercy, #19 Shawn Stefani, #20 Russell Knox, #21 Tim Clark, #22 Harris English and #25 Brendan Steele.

The field includes 4 of the 8 past champions: Patrick Reed (2014), Justin Rose (2012), Phil Mickelson (2009) and Geoff Ogilvy (2008).

A perfect way for fantasy golfers to check on the past performance of all the players in the WGC-Cadillac Championship field is our performance chart listed by average finish.  Another way to check who is the best is through a special formula worked out in Golfstats that gives us the best average performances at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in the last five years or check out our sortable 8-year glance at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

A good cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmakers in England.

Another cheat sheet is this list of odds from the top bookmaker in Las Vegas.

**NOTE**

We have made a lot of changes in Golfstats and one of the biggest is that every on-going event gets updated every hour.  It’s not real time scoring, but after each day you will see our database change.  This will help look at things like good scores in a row and how each player does after every round.

Another change is our new feature, “Who will win on Sunday”.  Just like our previews, this will not only preview the final round but also look at players who shoud win.  All of these will enhance GOLFstats and encourage you to check our stuff over the weekend and during play.  Sorry if we didn’t do one for the Honda, but with the rain delay and the event going to a Monday finish, we felt that we couldn’t do a proper one.

Another thing to look for in the next couple of weeks is 24/7 Golf.  This is a new app that you can get with your Iphone so that you can take a lot of GOLFstats which you when your away from your computer.

So join us a couple of hours after play on Saturday night or Sunday morning for our “Who will win on Sunday” feature in which you can see who shall win during the final nine.

Time to look at our who’s hot and who isn’t:

Who’s Hot in the field for the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Player Honda Joburg Northern Trust Hero Indian AT&T Pebble Thailand Farmers Malaysian Phoenix Dubai Desert Humana Qatar Masters Sony Open
Anirban Lahiri
(249 pts)
DNP DNP DNP Win
(132)
DNP T21
(29)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Paul Casey
(183.33 pts)
T3
(90)
DNP T2
(100)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T30
(6.67)
Jason Day
(179 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T4
(80)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T17
(11)
Brandt Snedeker
(172.67 pts)
DNP DNP 74
(0)
DNP Win
(132)
DNP T19
(20.67)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP
Bernd Wiesberger
(170 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP T4
(53.33)
DNP 3
(60)
DNP
Jordan Spieth
(165 pts)
DNP DNP T4
(80)
DNP T7
(55)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T7
(36.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Dustin Johnson
(163.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T2
(100)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Thongchai Jaidee
(148 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T2
(100)
DNP T20
(20)
DNP T35
(10)
DNP T23
(18)
DNP
Marc Warren
(146.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T25
(25)
DNP 9
(30)
DNP T13
(24.67)
DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP
Alex Noren
(142.67 pts)
DNP T43
(7)
DNP DNP DNP T11
(39)
DNP DNP DNP 2
(66.67)
DNP 9
(30)
DNP
Hideki Matsuyama
(140 pts)
DNP DNP T4
(80)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP DNP DNP T78
(0)
J.B. Holmes
(131.33 pts)
DNP DNP T22
(28)
DNP T10
(40)
DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP T66
(0)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Ryan Palmer
(119.33 pts)
T25
(25)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP T10
(26.67)
DNP T17
(11)
Jimmy Walker
(118.67 pts)
DNP DNP T41
(9)
DNP T21
(29)
DNP T7
(36.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP Win
(44)
Matt Kuchar
(110 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T30
(13.33)
DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP T3
(30)
Bubba Watson
(102.67 pts)
DNP DNP T14
(36)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T2
(66.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Lee Westwood
(101.67 pts)
T25
(25)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T5
(46.67)
DNP T9
(30)
DNP DNP DNP
Ian Poulter
(100.67 pts)
T3
(90)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T19
(20.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Patrick Reed
(100 pts)
T7
(55)
DNP DNP DNP T29
(21)
DNP DNP DNP T40
(6.67)
DNP T24
(17.33)
DNP DNP
Keegan Bradley
(99.33 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP DNP DNP T41
(6)
DNP T17
(22)
DNP T48
(1.33)
DNP DNP
Bill Haas
(98.67 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T19
(20.67)
DNP 76
(0)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP
Sergio Garcia
(95 pts)
T31
(19)
DNP T4
(80)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP T46
(2.67)
DNP
Brooks Koepka
(94 pts)
T51
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T41
(6)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP DNP DNP DNP
Jim Furyk
(91 pts)
DNP DNP T14
(36)
DNP T7
(55)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Branden Grace
(88 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T55
(0)
DNP Win
(88)
DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

Who’s Not Hot in the field for the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Player Honda Joburg Northern Trust Hero Indian AT&T Pebble Thailand Farmers Malaysian Phoenix Dubai Desert Humana Qatar Masters Sony Open
Victor Dubuisson
(-10 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Danie Van Tonder
(-10 pts)
DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
John Senden
(-9.33 pts)
DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP T49
(0.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 83
(0)
Charl Schwartzel
(-7.67 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP T41
(9)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP
Greg Chalmers
(-6.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T51
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Mikko Ilonen
(-6.67 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T55
(0)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP
Koumei Oda
(0 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T69
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Chris Kirk
(0 pts)
CUT
(-10)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-10)
DNP T32
(12)
DNP DNP DNP T56
(0)
DNP T26
(8)
Geoff Ogilvy
(0.33 pts)
DNP DNP T49
(1)
DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T46
(2.67)
DNP DNP DNP CUT
(-3.33)
Alexander Levy
(7.33 pts)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T65
(0)
DNP DNP DNP DNP T29
(14)
DNP CUT
(-6.67)
DNP

How Player Rankings are Computed

The Buzz:

Hard to believe that this event is taking place without Tiger Woods.  He had played in all of them except for in 2010, winning seven times and winning $9.5 million.  It’s amazing to think that you can work 14 weeks and earn that much, but Woods was a mainstay of this event.

It’s a shame after he finally won that Padraig Harrington didn’t make it, he went from 297 in the world rankings to 82nd and that wasn’t enough.  Same with runner-up Daniel Berger, who is a rookie this year and only has played in 12 events on the PGA Tour.  Berger is up to 73rd in the rankings.  Not bad for a player that at the beginning of the year was 301st.  I have a funny feeling that he will be in the top-50 soon enough.

One player that didn’t make the trip and was qualified was Northern Trust winner James Hahn.  His wife is due to have their baby girl next week and with them being in the San Francisco area James just didn’t want to be that far away.  He too will have many chances at this event.

We are back to Trump National Doral in the second year of the renovation and it will be interesting to see if the course plays as hard as it did last year.  Of course wind is the key, on days that it blows this course is the hardest in the world. But on dry, perfect days the pros can go low.  So it will be interesting if there is a point in-between in which the changes to the course does toughen it up a bit.

Things you need to know about the WCG-Cadillac championship:

  • The second World Golf Championship of the 2014, the WCG-Cadillac championship will be a 72-hole, stroke-play event with a limited field of 74 players.  It will include the top-50 players in the World Golf Ranking plus the top-30 from the FedEx Cup point list from 2013, the top-10 of the 2013-14 FedEx Cup standings, the top-20 from the final 2013 Race To Dubai and the top-10 from the 2014 Race to Dubai standings.  Also the top-2 from the 2013 Japan Golf Tour, Australasian Tour and Asian Tour order of merit not otherwise exempt.
  • There will be no cut in the 72-hole event, which has an $9.25 million purse with the winner receiving $1.57 million.
  • This is only the second time that this event has been played at the same course back-to-back since the first two years at Valderamma.   Doral was the site of the Ford Championship of Doral between 1962 – 2006 and is now the home of the WGC-CA Championship.  In 2011 Cadillac took over sponsorship of this tournament.

Course information:

  • The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral
  • Doral, Fla.
  • 7,481 yards     Par 36-36–72

Doral is a public golf course, part of the Trump Doral resort.  In 2014 the Blue Monster was the 3rd hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 73.852 average. In 2013 the Blue Monster was the 31 hardest course on the PGA Tour playing to a 71.354 average.

Doral was designed by Dick Wilson, with some help from Robert Von Hagge, and opened in 1962.  It has held a PGA Tour event on it every year since 1962.  In it’s first decade on the PGA Tour it was called one of the toughest courses in the world, thus it’s nickname “The Blue Monster”. Figures showed that it was one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour in it’s first three decades, but a combination of better equipment, agronomy, players getting physically in shape and years with a lack of wind brought the scoring average down at Doral.

After the 1996 event, Doral officials closed the course and Raymond Floyd went about toughing and bringing the bite back to Doral.  He added 186 yards, put in an additional 18 bunkers, changed the grass from Rye to Bernuda and changed the design of the greens, basically in the interest of bring the teeth back to the event.  The renovation did just that.  In the years after the redesign, winds were tougher and scores went up to the levels that players didn’t like the combination of tough course with high winds complaining that the course was tricked up.  With marquee players not coming back, officials went through another renovation after the 2000 tournament, this time eliminating ten bunkers and softening up the greens.  In 2003 another 166 yards was added and in 2008 the greens were renovated with TifEagle.

With the passing of time, Doral again had another facelift after the 2013 event was played, this one probably the biggest of the bunch.  Gil Hanse was brought in and $18 million spent as 17 of the 18 holes were completely redone.  To honor the legendary 18th hole, it was the only hole not touched in the renovation.  Water comes into play more, with new hazards being placed at 1, 11, 14,15 and 16 and existing hazards coming more into play at 5 and 7.  Another 147 yards has been added and the course will play at 7,481, 542 yards more than in 1996 the year before it’s first renovation.

Here are some of the major changes to the course:

  • The lengthening of the 1st hole – 2013 scorecard yardage – 529 vs. 2014 yardage – 572. There is also water in play to the right of the first green.
  • The par 3, 9th hole has a number of new tee boxes including a back tee that can have it play as long as 200 yards. The green itself has moved closer to the 18th green which has created a new amphitheater of grandstands surrounding both the 18th and 9th greens.
  • The 10th tee has moved significantly to players’ left as part of the expansion of the new driving range. This makes for a much different tee shot to carry over water on the 10th tee. Additionally, the 10th green was moved back to lengthen the hole to 614 yards.
  • Some of the most exciting changes have happened on the finishing stretch. The par 3, 15th green for instance was a mostly non-descript 175-yard par 3. It is now a shorter hole at 153 yards, but much more water is in play with a peninsula green as part of the design.
  • The 16th hole was also shortened from 372 yards to 341. Players have a better view of the green with a number of trees removed, but water now comes closer to the green making this a true risk-reward hole.

The big question will be, how much harder will the course play this year?  Last year we saw a really hard course but the wind was up.  A big lesson was learned in the Floyd renovation in 1997.  That the true toughness of the course lies in Mother Nature, when the wind blows the course is very difficult, playing a shot to two harder.  So when there is no wind, the course is very easy.  What Floyd did was make a tougher course by adding bunkers and making the greens very hard.  In no wind, the course was tough and fair but in high winds the course was very unfair and impossible.  So that is the secret in any redesign, you have to make creative changes to not toughen the holes but make them play differently that takes a lot of thought to play.  On the whole the players liked the Hanse changes, they didn’t feel the course was tricked up to bring the scores up.  So maybe the folks at Doral have gotten it right.

Here are some of the secrets of what it takes to play well at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Key stat for the winner:

Last year players saw a new course as 17 of the 18 holes has been altered and the fairways widen a bit.  All of the greens were redone and the course played totally different from previous years.  The changed played a key part in making the course harder as it was 2 and a half shots harder between 2013 and 2014.  In past years the Blue Monster is only a monster in windy conditions  and last year was like that as there were winds up to 36 mph on Thursday and Friday which calmer winds over the weekend.  So the winds played a key role in the courses scoring average.

Here is a chart that shows the history of wind at Doral and how it’s changed the scoring average of the course:

 

Year  Round           Wind Conditions                               Day Scoring Average       Rank on Tour

2014      1                 15 to 20 MPH, gusts to 30                            73.809                       4th hardest

2014      2                 15 to 20 MPH, gusts to 36                            76.000                       1st hardest

2014      3                           5 to 10 MPH                                        72.574                           12th

2014      4                           5 to 10 MPH                                        73.015                             8th

2014  total                                                                                       73.852                     3rd hardest

 

2013       1                           8 to 15 MPH                                         70.754                     37th hardest

2013       2                          6 to 12 MPH                                          70.708                           35th

2013       3                         10 to 20 MPH                                         71.400                           27th

2013      4                           15 to 25 MPH                                        72.554                           17th

2013  total                                                                                         71.354                            31st

 

2012       1                  15 to 25 MPH, gusts to 31                            72.662                            18th

2012       2                           10 to 15 MPH                                       69.919                            42nd

2012       3                           10 to 15 MPH                                        70.110                           45th

2012       4                           15 to 25 MPH                                        71.861                            24th

2012  total                                                                                         71.137                            38th

 

2011       1                            10 to 20 MPH                                       70.727                           42nd

2011       2                           10 to 20 MPH                                        72.379                            17th

2011       3                            10 to 15 MPH                                       70.682                            33rd

2011       4                             10 to 15 MPH                                      72.121                            19th

2011  total                                                                                          71.477                            34th

 

2010       1                            25 to 30 MPH                                      72.574                             19th

2010       2                            15 to 25 MPH                                      70.897                             36th

2010       3                            10 to 15 MPH                                      71.603                             21st

2010       4                             12 to 22 MPH                                      69.868                            39th

2010  total                                                                                          71.235                           34th

 

2009      1                                5 to 18 MPH                                     70.600                           44th

2009      2                              10 to 18 MPH                                     70.519                           42nd

2009      3                              10 to 20 MPH                                     70.810                           33rd

2009      4                              12 to 20 MPH                                     71.734                           21st

2009  total                                                                                         70.915                          39th

 

2008      1                              10 to 20 MPH                                   70.899                          43rd

2008      2                               6 to 16 MPH                                    72.329                          25th

2008      3                             10 to 20 MPH                                     70.179                         45th

2008      4                              8 to 24 MPH                                      70.727                         38th

2008  total                                                                                       71.038                         40th

 

2007     1                     20 to 25 MPH , gusts to 30                         73.397                          13th

2007     2                            15 to 25 MPH                                       72.110                           28th

2007     3                            15 to 25 MPH                                       72.562                           15th

2007     4                            15 to 25 MPH                                       73.944                           8th

2007  total                                                                                        73.000                         16th

 

In looking at the long range weather for the week,  there will be winds of between 10 to 15 mph on everyday.  On Thursday temperatures will be 83 with a potential for severe thunderstorms.  The good news, weather will be ok on Thursday and Friday and started getting dicey with showers over the weekend.  temperature’s will be in the low 80s each day.

Here are some more key stats to look to for this week:

  • Solid shotmakers, since Doral demands ball control, especially if there is any wind.  In the last 16 years, eleven of the winners at Doral (including the Ford Championship in Doral) have been in the top four in greens hit.  2009 was the first major change as Phil Mickelson ranked T33rd in this stat which is the highest any winner at Doral has done in greens hit.  In 2010 Ernie Els continue the trend as he was T2nd in greens hit, but in 2011 Nick Watney was T12th while in 2012 Justin Rose was T17th and Tiger Woods was T6th in 2013.  Last year Patrick Reed ranked T28th
  • Unimportant stat: Those that play well not only in Florida, but on Bermuda grasses will do well this week.  Interesting to note that since 1990 all the winners except for 1997 & 1999 champion Steve Elkington, 2008 champion Geoff Ogilvy, 2009 winner Phil Mickelson, 2011 winner Nick Watney, 2013 winner Justin Rose and 2014 winner Patrick Reed either grew up in Florida or live there.  Elkington and Ogilvy both grew up in Australia with Bermuda grass while Mickelson grew up in the San Diego area while Watney grew up in Northern California and Rose grew up in England and South Africa while Reed grew up in Texas.
  • Interesting to point out that since 1983 every winner except for Patrick Reed, Rocco Mediate and Bill Glasson were over 29 years old with four winners in their 40s.  The average age of the 17 winners at Doral is 35 years old as last year’s winner Patrick Reed was just 24 the youngest.
  • One more item on this, the PGA Tour has held a tournament at Doral since 1962.  In the 52 years there have been 38 different champion with only seven of them born in the Northeast or Northcentral United States.  Since 1990 there have only been three, all of them live in Florida today, the last was Jim Furyk in 2000.  So it only makes sense that the champion will be from a region of the Southeast, the South and Southwest of the United States, along with Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.  Since 1990, 17 of the 24 champions have had ties to the state of Florida. (Northeastearn or Northcentral winners)
  • Par 5s aren’t a push over, but have been conquered by the champions at Doral.  Since 1997 they have averaged playing them in 9-under par.  Woods played the par 5s in 2007 at 10-under while in 2008 Ogilvy played them in 6 under and Mickelson played them in 7 under in 2009.  In 2010 Ernie Els played them in 12 under par while Watney was 11 under on then in 2011, Justin Rose was 11 under on then in 2012, Tiger was 9 under in 2013 the same number that Patrick Reed was last year.
  • Don’t be surprised to see a non-American winner this week.  Between 1962 and 1989 no international player won at Doral, but since then 11 of the 25 have been international winners.

Who to watch for at the WGC-Cadillac Championship

Best Bets:

Bubba Watson

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T2 T18 2 72

Doral should be tailor made for Bubba’s long game and the fact that he can handle wind.

Dustin Johnson

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T4 T12 T35 2 T56 T35

Guy is superb wind player, half of his wind is on courses that get wind. You know he is getting better with each start, this week will be good for him.

Rory McIlroy

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T25 T8 3 T10 T65 T20

Can’t see him playing bad two events in a row.

Best of the rest:

Paul Casey

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T51 T18 T6 T31 T51 T9 T56 T21 T8

He is back and getting better each week he plays. Look for him to win again very soon.

Patrick Reed

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
Win

Probably kicking himself for finishing so poorly at the Honda, you know he is going to find a way to get into contention this week.

Sergio Garcia

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T16 T3 T60 T37 T31 T15 T3 T32 T3 T4 T12

Has had his moments at Doral, really think that he could not only contend each week he plays, but only a matter of time before he wins again.

Martin Kaymer

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T58 T49 T20 T24 T3 T35 T57

Playing well this year, stumbled to a 75 at Honda but still played 72 holes. Don’t be surprised to see him playing well.

Jamie Donaldson

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T2 T63

Don’t disregard him, finished runner-up last year at Doral and was 6th at Honda. Could surprise a lot of folks this week.

Solid contenders

Jason Dufner

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T9 T12 T29 T18

His game is starting to come back and he has shown signs of being very close.

Phil Mickelson

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T16 T3 T43 T55 T14 Win T20 T23 T29 T38

If the week lacks wind, watch for Mickelson to be in contention. Putter still isn’t firing on all 12 cylinders, but it’s getting better.

Jim Furyk

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T62 T35 T49 T37 3 T2 T35 4 T15 T36 T12

Has won on this course, he could again do well, his first two starts weren’t bad.

Charl Schwartzel

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T9 T16 T4 T24 2 T35 T41 T18

Has played very consistently in his event the last five years.

Luke Donald

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T25 T43 T6 T6 T26 T20 T20 T26 T6 T11 T11

Type of guy that will give you 66 great holes, but it’s those other six that always seems to kill him. Still should be watched, game seems to be coming around.

Long shots that could come through:

Geoff Ogilvy

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T47 T55 T49 T45 T40 Win T3

Still not playing the best but coming to a course he was perfect on in 2008.

Bernd Wiesberger

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Watch him this week, yes he has never played at Doral but his game is hot and he could be the hottest player coming over from Europe.

Thongchai Jaidee

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T6 T56 T23 T9 60 T41 T66

Anotehr guy that has played well over on the European Tour, did finish T6th last year.

Anirban Lahiri

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
First time playing in this event

Playing for the first time, he has two wins in Asia in the last month so maybe the good parts of those wins will carry over to this week.

Just don’t like him on this course:

Jason Day

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T33 T20 T45

There are horses for courses but I don’t think that Doral suits his game. Wouldn’t be surprise to see him in the middle of the pack this week.

Adam Scott

2015 ’14 ’13 ’12 ’11 ’10 ’09 ’08 ’07 ’06 ’05 ’04 ’03
T25 T3 T13 T6 T50 T66 T9 T61 T2 T29 T36 T40

Sorry but even a Lamborghini can’t go from zero to 60 in a second. By Scott not playing in three months and all of a sudden showing up is asking too much. His game has to have some rust on it and you can’t come and play in one of the biggest events of the year and expect to not only contend but win. Sorry Adam, I know you just had a child in the last month but you needed to play once to get things going.

Comments

  1. Were wind conditions posted as MPG as a cap tip to Cadillac?

  2. Thanks for the heads up, it’s been corrected. Have no idea on how that happen other than it had to do with an automatic spell checker.

  3. Shane L says:

    Hi Sal,

    What is this weeks tournament called on the homepage drop down menu when looking for sortable stats? I see no Cadallic, no Trump, no Doral, no WGC Cadallic, no WGC Doral, no WGC Trump…I do see Ford Championship Doral…may I also suggest that in your drop down menu, where you have the four majors listed first, that THIS weeks tournament is listed first. Surely the current tournament is most searched on a weekly basis.
    Thanks, Shane

  4. Shane,
    Just go to the homepage of the WGC-Cadillac
    http://www.golfstats.com/search/?tournament=WGC-Cadillac+Championship&career=&tour=Both&chart=&player=&yr=&box=&submitted=go
    and you will see all of the performance stats since the event moved to Doral in 2007

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