Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Justin Rose headline this week’s field at the WGC – Cadillac Championship, which is taking place at the TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral. Last year, Rose was able to secure a one shot victory over Bubba Watson. He was able to come from three shots behind Watson on the final day, in incredibly gusty conditions, to narrowly escape with his first WGC title. Does he have what it takes to defend his title?
Tiger is looking for redemption after his 2012 event was cut short. Woods was forced to withdraw from the tournament in the midst of his final round after hitting his tee shot on the 12th hole. The eventual diagnosis was that Woods aggravated the Achilles injury that beleaguered him for much of 2011. He is also looking to end a five year drought at this course. I have absolutely no idea what to expect from Tiger this week. Do we see the golfer that dominated the Farmers Insurance Open? Or do we see the Woods that has struggled as of late, including a missed cut in Abu Dhabi and a T37 at the Honda Classic?
What are the chances that McIlroy flies under the radar this week? If you said anything other than non-existent, you’re delusional. The fact that he has now come out and apologized for his early exit at the Honda Classic and said that it wasn’t the right thing to do leads me to believe that the whole wisdom tooth story was simply an excuse. He wasn’t playing well, so he took his clubs and went home. The pressure on McIlroy isn’t going to go let up until he strings together a few decent rounds. The kid has only played 80 competitive HOLES of golf in 2013. Nike clubs and rumored girlfriend problems aside, when he walks inside of the ropes, he needs to be ultra-focused in order to get back on track.
This is when the PGA Tour season starts to heat up, and we are in for a great few weeks leading up to The Masters.