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Let's be honest, we're all incredibly busy. Nobody has time to sit down and watch four rounds of golf coverage -- unless, of course, you watch TV for a living, and if that's the case, please email us your number. So in an effort to condense the tournament coverage for you into a few quick hits, here are five things we learned from the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Justin Rose doesn't get the respect he deserves — Hard as it is to believe, Justin Rose is still one of the most underrated players in golf after his win at Doral. I'm serious. If you go down the list of big names in a field, most tend to overlook Rose. He's not flashy and doesn't hit the ball a country mile, but he sure does know how to close the deal against big-time fields. His win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship was his fourth victory in 10 months, which is downright impressive. Not only that, all four came against stout fields: Memorial, AT&T National, BMW Championship, and the WGC-Cadillac Championship. If you're keeping track at home, that's two high-profile tour events, a FedEx Cup event, and a World Golf Championship. Not bad, right? I know most will continue to overlook Rose for some of the household names on tour, but after Sunday's win, we should really start giving the Englishman the respect he deserves.
Tiger Woods' Achilles tendon is a question mark once again — Here we go again. Just after Tiger Woods told the assembled media at Doral his "body" felt great, he showed up on Sunday, hit a couple balls on the range and felt some tightness in his left Achilles tendon ... the very same one that gave him problems in the past. Woods fought through the pain for 11 holes before he hit his tee shot on the 12th, grimaced in pain and withdrew from the tournament. After finally feeling like we were past the questions about Woods' health, we could be on verge of going back to square one. Woods is supposed to get the leg checked out early in the week but the way he was limping around, you have to wonder if he's going to 1) Be ready in a couple of weeks to play his final Masters tuneup at Bay Hill, and 2) If he's going to be healthy enough to contend at the Masters. We'll find out, but for the moment, Woods' health is back to being a giant question mark again.
Sergio Garcia is still a headcase on the golf course — With the exception of maybe John Daly, nobody in golf has the ability to self destruct like Sergio Garcia. This week was just another example after he shot 5-under 31 on the front nine on Thursday, only to bogey six of his final nine holes ... and triple-bogey the 18th to fire a back nine 44. He followed up the forgettable first round with a 12 on the par-4 third hole on Sunday, knocking four balls in the water and wiping out the eagle he had on the opening hole. Just another typical week for Mr. Garcia.
The 18th hole at Doral is still a monster —Despite being called an "outdated" course by the top player in the sport, the TPC Blue Monster at Doral's 18th hole -- nicknamed the "Blue Monster" -- lived up to its billing as one of the most difficult holes in golf. The 467-yard hole yielded only 16 birdies for the week to go along with 145 pars, 92 bogeys, 38 doubles and 2 others. It's currently ranked as the most difficult hole this season with a over par stroke average of +0.539. If "The Donald" decides to start over with Doral, you hope he at least keeps the closing hole intact.
- Tiger Woods
- Justin Rose