The Doral Blue Monster course has seen an extreme redesign as the owner Donald Trump, believes the changes will produce a new and tougher challenge for the players. This redesign came after Trump told the public he would ‘blow up’ the course on the Monday after last years Cadillac Open. Although not all of this statement was true, the course did undergo an enormous and extravagant make over with almost every blade of grass being replaced and three of the holes being completely changed.
Trump has even managed to create a lake directly in front of the 10th tee. The 10th has always had water down the right of the fairway, but the tee shot has been even more daunting at the sight of the huge lake. The 10th is now the longest hole on the course, reaching up to 612 yards which will certainly pose as a threat to the game of the shorter hitters on tour. More water has been added to the course with the so-called par 3 15th being extended to a par 4 with the help of large amounts of water.
Each of the 18 holes has a new measurement and each of the 18 greens has a new look too. Even though eight of the holes are now shorter than before, the yardage has gone up a total of 147 yards to a course yardage of 7,481. Meaning the big hitters will need to be on form to conquer both the hazards in play and the wind that is always a factor at Doral. Last year the course was ranked among the easiest in one-putt percentage and three-putt avoidance on the PGA tour, this was an area which needed big changes and these changes occurred.
This week the Cadillac Open introduces its new and improved course, with many of the top players looking forward to make their mark.
Rory Mcilroy is always a firm favourite at any tournament he plays in. Even with his poor performance in the final round of the Honda Classic last week, he seems to be hitting form ready for the most important months of the golfing season. With the Masters almost round the corner, Mcilroy will hope to get a tournament or two under his belt before the infamous week starts on the 14th April. With two second places this year already, the Northern Irishman is finally showing his talent after a horrid 2013.
Dustin Johnson has surprised everyone on tour with his recent form with five top 6 finishes and a top 12 finish in his last six events. We are more surprised to see him with so many near misses and no wins. Johnson is of course well-known for his long drives but has also introduced some neat iron play in recent weeks as he tops the PGA tour rankings in GIR. Hopefully he can establish himself as world-class putter this week to give him something to fall back on when his long drives go slightly wayward and an up and down is required. Johnson is my personal tip of the day as he sits upon an odd of 20/1, he is definitely worth putting a couple of quid on.
A few more mentions are needed in this post, including the Spanish mastermind that is Sergio Garcia. His top 8 finish last week at the Honda Classic was his eighth top ten finish in 11 appearances which has made him one of the favorites for the Cadillac Open this week. His odds are as good as Dustin Johnson’s, with the Spaniard at a relatively inviting 20/1.
The two Australians are also a force to be reckoned with as both Adam Scott and Jason Day are looking to continue their take over of America with Adam Scott of course winning the Masters last year and Jason Day recently winning the WGC Accenture Match Play. Adam Scott has his worse finish in his last eight starts at last weeks Honda Classic and believe it or not he only finished tied for 12th. Adam Scott is without a doubt one of the best ball strikers on the planet right now and has certainly taken advantage of this in recent years but can he do it again in 2014? Scott’s fellow countryman Jason Day is arguably the most under rated golfer around and if golfers around the world have any sense they should not underestimate his ability. Adam Scott is at 12/1 with Jason Day not far behind on 20/1.