Phil Mickelson (pictured) has the ideal combination of current and course form and also rates highly for some of the key skills for decent scoring at Blue Monster course at Doral that is the regular host of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship.
The Cadillac-sponsored tournament is the second WGC event of the season and the second week of the Florida swing. This event has a long history which pre-dates the WGC status it first received in 2007. Following a recent agreement that includes a major renovation programme Doral will continue to host the event until at least 2023.
Doral was originally called the Blue Monster because of its difficulty, length and number of holes where water comes into play. Technology in the modern game has taken most of the trouble out of play and the length of 7334 yards no longer sounds intimidating.
Nowadays unless the wind blows it’s the easiest course on the Florida swing. For that reason there will be a major overhaul to re-introduce some of its former demands in time for next year’s tournament. With a limited field of 65 players there is no cut.
The highest winning score in the last five years has been 16 under. That means it’s a course on which players need to find the big greens in regulation and then take a high proportion of birdie opportunities. As Doral is a fairly straightforward course experience is not essential.
Mickelson has made the cut in his last five tournaments. He played some awesome golf to win the Phoenix Open and he is also a past champion at Doral. He has the right combination of the important skills and given a decent week on the greens looks a leading contender against the best field this season.
Only Brandt Snedeker from the top 50 in the world rankings is not playing in Florida this week. The event is often won by a world class player and Mickelson has the profile to continue that trend.