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Sunday, March 4, 2012

WGC Cadillac Championship Preview

The 2012 WGC Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral is shaping up to be a heavyweight slug fest.  Here's what to expect leading up to the tournament.
  • Defending champion Nick Watney will be completely overlooked.
  • Expect Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson to deservedly grab plenty of pre-tournament headlines.  Also expect to hear a ton of "experts" pick Tiger to win this week.  It's hard to argue against it.
  • Since this event came to Doral in 2007, the winners in order starting in 2007 are Woods, Geoff Ogilvy, Mickelson, Ernie Els and Nick Watney.  You know who's game is a lot like these guys?  McIlroy.  Also, everyone named above with the exception of Watney is a Major Champion.  Woods, Oglivy and Els are all U.S. Open champions and Mickelson has finished runner up in what feels like 29 U.S. Opens, but it's actually more like five.  Hey......McIlroy won a U.S. Open didn't he?  hmmm
  • Other recent Major winners who had nice finishes at The Honda Classic include Charl Schwartzel and Graeme McDowell.
As I prepare to offer Fantasy advice and examine odds later in the week, here are the topics I will be considering.  I made light of it above, but Doral combines the skill sets needed to win the Masters and the U.S. Open as evident by the list of winners.  I will heavily consider Masters and U.S. Open champions as well as players in good current form who's game tends to project well for those type tournaments; for example Justin Rose. 

Either way, the winner will need to have some length as well as the ability to score on par-5's, hit a high number if GIR and will need to have an above average week with the putter. 

At first glance, the names in the field that jump off the page in alphabetical order are:  Keegan Bradley, Jason Day, Luke Donald, Rickie Fowler (I said it), Sergio Garcia, Bill Haas, Peter Hanson, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird, Hunter Mahan, Graeme McDowell, McIlroy, Mickelson, Ogilvy, Alvaro Quiros, Rose, Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Kyle Stanley, Steve Stricker, Watney, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, and Woods.

We'll have fantasy advice Monday evening.

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