As the PGA Tour continues its Florida swing, attention turns to the famed Blue Monster at Doral for the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship. As the name implies this is a World Golf Championship and as such the top 50 players in the world golf rankings are all scheduled to compete. This will include the winner from each of this year's PGA Tour events.
Here are my five players to watch at Doral this week.
Fresh off his win at the Honda Classic, Rory McIlroy is now the world's number one player for the first time in his career. McIlroy is the top-ranked player in the world because of his consistency over the past two years. If you look at his recent record McIlroy has been consistently near the leaderboard in each event. I expect McIlroy to play well this week and he should challenge for the championship.
Tiger Woods finished in a tie for second at the Honda Classic after firing a final round 62. Woods has shown flashes of brilliance but has yet to put together four rounds on the PGA Tour this year. I am sure that Woods is anxious to show the golf world that he is back and can reclaim at least some semblance of his old form. Will the return to form start this week? It is not out of the realm of possibility, especially since Tiger Woods has won this tournament six times in his career.
Phil Mickelson is looking to continue his build toward Augusta National and the Masters. In his last two starts Mickelson has a win and also lost in a playoff to Bill Haas. Phil definitely looks to continue his strong play and I expect him to challenge for the championship.
Luke Donald was deposed as the world's number one player after Rory McIlroy claimed the Honda Classic title. Donald cannot be pleased with the loss of his number one ranking and he will not continue to struggle forever. This could well be the week that Donald regains his form and plays up to his capability.
Dustin Johnson played some spectacular golf at Riviera. Unfortunately for Johnson that brilliance did not extend to his short game. If Johnson can improve his putting nothing can prevent him from becoming one of the very best in the world. Dustin finished second at Doral in 2011 and I expect him to play solidly in this year's tournament.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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