Best Field Of Season In WGC-Cadillac Championship At Doral
For the first time since the 2012 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, all of the world's top 50 golfers in the world rankings are scheduled to play in the same tournament and that's this week's big-money World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at the Blue Monster of Doral in Miami. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is the 11/2 favorite at Bovada. Tiger Woods is not playing this week as he didn't qualify.
Repeat For Reed?
The defending champion is Patrick Reed, who is 22/1 to repeat. In 2014, Reed became the youngest winner of a WGC title, going wire-to-wire for a one-shot triumph over Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. Reed led by four early in the final round, remaining in control even as he made two bogeys in the final hour. He finished with an even-par 72, and his four-day total of 4-under 284 on the revamped TPC Blue Monster was the highest since Mark McCumber in 1985. Doral was re-designed before last year and it showed. Reed's 4-under 284 was the highest in relation to par for a winner in a non-major since Keegan Bradley won the 2011 AT&T Byron Nelson Championship in 3-under 277. And Reed's aggregate was the highest of a non-major champion since David Duval posted 3-under 285 at the 1999 Players. Four holes on the Blue Monster ranked among last year’s 30 toughest, and No.18 wasn’t atop the list.
Seven players are vying for the No. 2 ranking in the world, currently held by Watson. Obviously he can hang onto it but Henrik Stenson, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose all have a mathematical chance to be No. 2 if they were to win at Doral.
McIlroy (11/2): He is coming off a surprising missed cut at PGA National. Before last year's T-25 finish, McIlroy had posted three straight Top-10 results on the Blue Monster, highlighted by a third-place showing in 2012.
Watson (14/1): Twice a runner-up in the last three years at Doral, Watson won the season's first WGC event in China and hasn't finished worse than T-14 in four starts this season.
Day (14/1): Getting his first look at the redesign. Six top 10s in last eight official starts, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Dustin Johnson (18/1): Johnson enters off a missed cut at the Honda but he otherwise appears to be firing on all cylinders. A T-4 finish at Pebble Beach was followed by a playoff loss at Riviera, and DJ has three top-12 finishes in the last four years, including a runner-up in 2011.
Jordan Spieth (18/1): Only hiccup over the last four months remains a missed cut at Torrey Pines. Three top sevens in 2015. T34 in Doral debut a year ago.
Reed (22/1): He will look to successfully defend his title after nearly capturing the Honda Classic Monday. His final-round 73 snapped a streak of 21 consecutive rounds of par or better.
Phil Mickelson (22/1): Winner here in 2009; tied for 16th last year. Bouncing off rejuvenated T17 at The Honda Classic, ranking T12 in putting inside 10 feet.
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