The first World Golf Championship of 2015 is here and each of the top 50-ranked players in the world are competing in this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.
2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship
Dates: Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 8
Where: Trump National Doral (Blue Monster) in Miami, Florida
Purse: $9.25 million (winning share: $1.57 million)
FedEx Cup Points: 550 to winner
Thursday and Friday: 1-6 p.m. ET, Golf Channel
Saturday: 12-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3-6 p.m. ET, NBC
Sunday: 1-3 p.m. ET, Golf Channel; 3-7 p.m. ET, NBC
Here’s the top 5 storylines to watch at Doral.
1. How Will Rory McIlroy Rebound From Honda Classic
Rory McIlroy isn’t used to missing the cut, but that’s just what happened last week at the Honda Classic. It was McIlroy’s first missed cut since the 2014 Irish Open.
“Yeah, I’m pissed off,” said McIlroy, who missed his first cut in the United States since the 2012 U.S. Open. “I don’t like missing cuts. You want to be playing on the weekend, and I’m not there. Well, I’m here; I’m home. I’m not going to be playing this weekend — which is not nice.”
McIlroy’s highest finish at Doral was third back in 2012.
2. Adam Scott Makes 2014-2015 Debut
After his wife Marie gave birth to the couple’s first child, a girl named Bo on February 15th, Adam Scott is ready to get back on the golf course.
“The last few weeks at home, seeing a bit of the guys play, I’ve got that kind of itchy feeling to play,” said Scott, who has not competed since tying for second at the Australian PGA Championship in early December. “But I was home for a good reason and everything is going well, so [it’s a] good time to kick it off here.”
Scott will also be playing with a new shorter putter in advance of the Jan. 1, 2016 rule change that will no longer allow anchored strokes. The 34-year-old also have a new caddie, Mike Kerr.
3. Can Patrick Reed Defend His Title
24-year-old Patrick Reed won on the Blue Monster last year, and with the way he’s been playing in 2015, wouldn’t be considered a long shot to repeat that performance. Reed became the youngest WGC champion at age 23.
Reed won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions back in January. Last week he finished 7th at the Honda Classic. The San Antonio native has made every cut this year.
4. Bubba Watson Knocking On The Door
Bubba Watson is a two-time Masters champion. In both years he won the green jacket (2012, 2014) he finished second at the Cadillac Championship. Coincidence? Perhaps.
Watson is in arguably the best group of the week. He’s playing with McIlroy and Henrik Stenson for the first two rounds at Doral.
The 36-year-old is off to a hot start this year. Bubba is No. 3 in FedEx Cup points entering play on Thursday. He also hasn’t finished worse than 14th in any event this season. Most importantly perhaps, is that Watson won the most recent world championship, the HSBC Champions last November. Perhaps that gives him some momentum at Doral.
5. A Loaded Field At Doral
World Golf Championships are supposed to be loaded, as the top 50 players in the world get invites. But this week, all of the world’s top 50 players will be on the same course for the first time since the 2012 PGA Championship won by Rory McIlroy at Kiawah.
What’s also interesting is that seven golfers have an opportunity to climb to No. 2 in the world behind McIlroy: Watson (the current No. 2), Stenson, Jason Day, Scott, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose.
For the first time since the 2012 PGA Championship, all of the OWGR top 50 are playing this week at Doral.
For the first time since the 2012 PGA Championship, all of the OWGR top 50 are playing this week at Doral. http://t.co/9Bjj2Qtsk2
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) March 4, 2015
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