As if they weren’t going to be interesting enough to begin with, the first two rounds of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral will boast a featured grouping of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald. The tournament organizers decided to group players by their world ranking, through the top 24 in the world. Coincidentally enough, McIlroy, Woods and Donald are ranked one, two and three, respectively.
Rory, Tiger, Luke — World 1,2,3 — grouped together for first two rounds of WGC. #Doral. 11:53 Thursday; 12:59 Friday.
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) March 5, 2013
It’s not often that Donald is considered an afterthought on the golf course, but he must feel like a third wheel in this situation. Between the way Woods and McIlroy have been playing and the attention they have been receiving for their antics beyond the ropes, Donald should be able to skate through unscathed. It might work out in his favor, however, as McIlroy and Woods are likely to demand the majority of the attention and subsequent scrutiny, leaving Donald to focus on playing golf.
The good news for McIlroy is that he is guaranteed to play the weekend at this event as long as his intense tooth pain doesn’t rear its ugly head again. There is no cut at this event, so as long as the golfers do not withdraw, they will play the weekend. The last time there was this much hype about McIlroy and Woods playing together, they both missed the cut in Abu Dhabi. That should relieve at least a little pressure from the top two golfers in the world.