There’s a strong field in Florida this week for the $9 million WGC Cadillac Championship, one of the four annual World Golf Championships. While the par 72 at Trump National Doral may not have changed, it is effectively a brand new course with redesigned holes including a new 614 yard 10th.
33 European Tour members are among the field for an event that has seen an Australian, a South African and an English winner in the last six years. Keep reading for our preview and odds on the event.
Redesigned Blue Monster course is a new challenge
Set on the outskirts of Miami, the recently-revamped Blue Monster course will pose a fresh test to the world’s leading golfers. World-renowned architect Gil Hanse has added new bunkers, water hazards and additional tees to the now 7,481 yard layout and each of the 18 holes has a new measurement.
Rory McIlroy leads the Cadillac betting
The man to watch this weekend and the 7/1 favourite is former world number one Rory McIlroy. The two-time major champion has recorded top ten finishes in the past three seasons at Doral, his best being when he finished third behind Justin Rose in 2012.
While the major redesign means that previous form on the course is less of a factor this year, McIlroy’s recent form has also been excellent. He was unlucky to lose in a play-off at the Honda Classic last week and that T2 came on the back of another top-two finish this year at the Abu Dhabi championship in January.
Adam Scott ended a six-week break with a T12 finish last weekend, his worst finish in his last eight starts. We really like the chances of the Australian and he should go well at 12/1.
We shouldn’t read too much into Dustin Johnson’s early exit at the WGC Matchplay a couple of weeks ago. He has been a first round loser in five out of six attempts at this format while his form in stroke play golf is electric.
Johnson has five top sixes and a T12 in his last six official events and leads the PGA Tour in GIR. The 29 year old is by some distance the form player on the tour and the 16/1 looks like superb value.
The ones to watch
Race to Dubai leader Thomas Björn could increase his lead at the top of the season long list with a strong showing in this week’s US $9m event and looks a long price at 115/1. Two-time WGC-Cadillac Championship winner Ernie Els is also in the field and looking to build on a fine fourth place finish at the Match Play a fortnight ago.
Tiger Woods won this title for the seventh time last year – the most of any player in history – but he will only defend this week if he is able to recover from the back injury that forced his withdrawal midway through the final round of last week’s Honda Classic. He’s 12/1 to win an unprecedented eight title but doesn’t represent much value with an injury playing on his mind.
Harris English may not be a household name but has registered four top ten finishes in his last five starts. He’s a two time winner on the PGA Tour and currently third in the FedEx Cup rankings. With the fifth lowest scoring average on the Tour, we think he is one to watch at 33/1.
Ignoring Graham DeLaet’s T70 at the Northern Trust Open and the Canadian is another golfer enjoying a terrific season. Two recent T2 finishes came on the back of three consecutive top 10 results and the 32 year old is 5th in the Tour’s GIR table. At 40/1 he offers excellent value.
Another outsider to consider is 28 year old Chris Kirk. The tall American won this season’s McGladrey Classic and finished T12 at the Honda last weekend. Fourth on the FedEx Cup list, Kirk has been flying somewhat under the radar and could offer great value at a tasty 75/1.
Tee-off is tomorrow, March 6th at 4pm, UK Time.
If you like to look of any of these golfers chances of success in Miami this weekend, be sure to check out all our pre-tournament odds on the 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship over on our main site.