Adam Scott (pictured) will always be remembered as the player that wasted a great opportunity to win the 2012 British Open but he can continue the process of recovery from that disappointment by contending in this week’s Cadillac Championship. Keegan Bradley is another player with a great deal in his favour this week and Bubba Watson has the right credentials to figure in the second World Golf Championship event of the season.
Scott bogeyed the last four holes to hand the Open to Ernie Els who was winning his second Claret Jug and fourth major in total. The Australian was the best player for most of the tournament and showed that he can be competitive at the highest level. He is inside the top 10 in the world rankings due to sustained consistency over several years.
Our main pick has played all six years in this event and has finished 10 of his 24 rounds in the top 10. In 2011 he was tied 6th mainly due to his excellent stats for finding the greens in the correct number of shots. Last year he was 13th despite being first for greens in regulation and it was his putting that let him down. After a typically light early season schedule Scott can get his season on track by contending again at the course on which he has excelled in the past.
When Bradley won the 2011 US PGA Championship he became the first player to win a major as a major championship rookie. He built on that victory last season with great consistency and an almost perfect Ryder Cup. He was unbeatable alongside Phil Mickelson over the first two days but lost in the singles to Rory McIlroy.
Bradley has made a solid start to the season with top 4 finishes at Kapalua and last week in the Honda Classic. He is above average in length off the tee and backs this skill up with solid iron play. He ranks above average for strokes gained putting and is also proven on the host Blue Monster course at Doral.
Watson won the US Masters last April after playing one of the shots of the year which helped him beat Louis Oosthuizen in the play-off. He has made a decent start to 2013 with his form based on solid greens in regulation performance. He is Florida born and resident in the state and showed his liking for the course when second to Justin Rose in the 2012 renewal of this week’s tournament.