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Shotgun Start: Previewing the WGC-Cadillac Championship

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It's tournament time! We continue the season at the famed TPC Blue Monster at Doral for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the second stop on the PGA Tour's Florida Swing. Here's a tournament primer to get you prepared for the week.

The course: The TPC Blue Monster at Doral is one of the most well-known courses on the PGA Tour, but it certainly isn't considered one of the most difficult. With a -0.523 stroke average under par, Doral ranked as the 34th toughest course on tour in 2011, making it a track where birdies are definitely needed if you want to win. The original Dick Wilson-designed course measures 7,266 yards and offers generous fairways and undulating greens, as well as a number of holes where water comes into play, including the iconic par-4 18th hole -- nicknamed the Blue Monster -- where it runs along the left side of the hole, from tee to green; the 18th was ranked as the 33rd most difficult (+0.311) on tour last season.

The schedule: The tournament runs Thursday-Sunday. It'll be broadcast on the Golf Channel from 1 to 6 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday,  and 12 to 2 p.m. ET on Saturday and 1 to 3 p.m. ET on Sunday; and on NBC from 2 to 6 p.m. ET on Saturday and 3 to 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.

The field: Like the WGC-Accenture Match Play, the second WGC event of the year has a loaded field that includes every player currently in the the Official World Golf Ranking top 10 -- Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Dustin Johnson, to name a few -- as well as Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas and Mark Wilson. The next time you see a field loaded with this much star power will be at Augusta.

The video: Check out some of the memorable moments from the WGC-Cadillac Championship's history.

Your turn. Who are your picks for this week? Swing away!

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