They call it the Blue Monster, but for the first three rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the course at Doral has been anything but a monster test for the players in the field.
After Bubba Watson fired a 10-under 62 on Friday, a handful of players -- including Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley -- ripped the course to shreds on a relatively calm Saturday afternoon that made you realize just how easy the Blue Monster has become in recent years.
McIlroy went out in 6-under 30 and had it all the way up to 9-under thru 12 before he stumbled down the stretch, posting a 7-under 65 for the second lowest round of the day. After the round, McIlroy said he was "disappointed" with his score.
Disappointed with a 65? If you're wondering how that's even possible, just look at the stats from today's round. The scoring average for the field was 70.11; only 15 players in the 70-man field shot over par on Saturday; and 13 players ended up with rounds of 67 or better.
With the course's degree of difficulty at an all-time low and Donald Trump's recent acquisition and redesign announcement now official, it shouldn't come as a surprise that a number of guys took a moment to criticize the layout one last time before it was blasted into oblivion ... including Rory McIlroy.
"It's a resort golf course, and it was a tough test 15 years ago but now it's just got outdated," McIlroy said after his third round. "They definitely need to do something with it, and it's great to see that Trump's taking over the place and he's going to do a good job with it, I'm sure."
The current No. 1 also called the grass at Doral "scrappy and it's a little scruffy and aesthetically it doesn't look great." Hopefully Gil Hanse is listening, because McIlroy isn't the only player feeling this way.
Hanse will be entrusted with not only building the new Olympic course, but redesigning Doral's Blue Monster. Based on the comments this week, it's safe to say the expectation for the new layout will be sky-high -- especially with Donald Trump in the fold.
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