Our PGA Tour player in focus for this week’s WGC Cadillac Championship is Justin Rose. I’m generally not a huge proponent of picking repeat winners, but the fact that he is coming off a T4 finish at the Honda Classic is promising. Additionally, in his last five events, Rose has finished no worse than T17. Not a bad streak. He also shows up to play when he gets to Doral, with a T15 in 2008, T20 in 2009 and a victory last year.
Rose may very well be playing the best golf of anyone in the world right now, except for possibly Brandt Snedeker. When you combine a hot streak with a course at which Rose clearly feels comfortable, that equals a very good chance for him to be a serious contender on Sunday afternoon.
“It definitely feels good to be back here at Doral. Great memories, biggest tournament win of my career,” said Rose. Despite the fact that the course has undergone a bit of an overhaul since his victory here last year, Rose fond of the new layout. “I think it needs to maybe get back to living up to its reputation as the Blue Monster. It’s been fairly low scoring here the last few years, and I think a revamp is going to certainly do it some good.”
Last year’s victory at Doral was Rose’s first WGC title. Since that point in time, he has posted 14 top 10 finishes, but has failed to record another victory. Those performances have moved him all the way to fifth in the world. This is the week he finally breaks through and hoists another trophy. He’s due.