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The Sports Xchange's PGA Tour rankings, selected by TSX Golf Staff, based on performance in 2013-14.

1. Tiger Woods, United States -- Woods' slow start this season reached the critical stage when he walked off the Champion Course at PGA National after playing 13 holes in the final round of the Honda Classic, citing the recurrence of a back injury that bothered him last year. He was 5 over par for the day, having started the back nine with four consecutive pars after playing the front nine in 5-over 40. The injury puts in question his title defense this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, although Tiger said he would get treatment and hoped to be ready on Thursday. ... Woods won what is now the WGC-Cadillac Championship a record seven times among his record 18 titles in the World Golf Championships, including last year, when he overcame two late birdies to beat Steve Stricker by two shots. He also won the 2007 WGC event at Doral and the old Ford Championship at Doral in 2005 and 2006, in addition to having seven other top-10 finishes on the course. Of course, this is a new and reportedly more fearsome TPC Blue Monster, so he might have more information to forget than any player in the field as he learns the new layout. ... Woods seemed to be turning things around last week at the Honda when he shot 65 in round three, carding seven birdies. He started with 71-69--140 to make the cut right on the number. Woods would have broken par in each of his first three rounds if not for a double-bogey 6 in round one on the second hole, where he drove into thick rough and could advance his second shot only about 75 yards. After taking 30 putts Thursday, he had 25 in the second round and 23 in the third.

2. Adam Scott, Australia -- Playing in his first stroke-play event since the Sony Open in Hawaii on the second week of January, Scott played solid golf but was unable to go low and wound up in a tie for 12th in the Honda Classic. He finished in the top 10 in each of his last six tournaments, including victories in the Australian Masters and the Australian PGA Championship, and he didn't seem to be too far off of that form. ... The Aussie will be teeing it up in what has become the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the 14th time, with his best result a tie for second in 2006, when it was played as the WGC-American Express Championship in Chandlers Cross, England. He posted four rounds in the 60s but still wound up eight strokes behind runaway winner Tiger Woods. Scott had his best finish at Doral last year, a tie for third, after playing the weekend in 67-64 to wind up five shots behind the champion, Woods. He played once in the Ford Championship at Doral, shooting 69-78--147 to miss the cut by six strokes in 2005. His only WGC title came in the 2011 Bridgestone Invitational. ... Scott might have finished in the top 10 last week at PGA National, but he hit his second shot into the water on the 11th hole in the final round and made a double-bogey 6 en route to a closing 1-under-par 69. In fact, big numbers kept him from contending, as he carded consecutive double bogeys on the last two holes of the Bear Trap, the 16th and 17th holes, in a second-round 69, and made a double-bogey 5 on the seventh hole in a third-round 70, his highest score of the tournament.

3. Henrik Stenson, Sweden -- The big Swede continues to struggle following a career year in which he captured the FedEx Cup race and the Race to Dubai. Last week he shot 73-76--149 and missed the cut by nine strokes in the Honda Classic. After failing to finish in the top 25 in his first three events of the year on the Middle East Swing of the European Tour and being eliminated in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, he is searching for answers. ... Stenson hopes to find something this week when he plays in the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the seventh time, with his best result a tie for third in 2005, when the tournament was played as the WGC-American Express Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. After opening with an even-par 70, he reeled off scores of 67-67-68 to finish two shots out of the playoff in which Tiger Woods beat John Daly. Stenson's best finish at Doral was a tie for 19th in 2007, and he hasn't played in the tournament since 2010. ... Last week at PGA National, Stenson finished ahead of only six golfers who played 36 holes. After starting the first round on the back nine, he was at even par through 14 holes when things started to unravel with a double-bogey 6 on the sixth hole. He also made a bogey on No. 18. He had an even worse wind-up the next day, when he was 1 over through 14 holes but finished double bogey-bogey-bogey-bogey. Stenson hit only 16 of 36 greens in regulation, the big reason why he made only three birdies in two rounds.

4. Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland -- The Honda Classic was his to lose, with a three-stroke lead early in the final round, and McIlroy proceeded to lose it. He played an 11-hole stretch in 6 over par, including a double-bogey 6 when he hit into the water on No. 16, and closed with a 74, making a birdie on the final hole to get into a four-man playoff. He lost when Russell Henley made birdie on the first extra hole, and the Irishman still has not won on the PGA Tour since the 2012 BMW Championship. ... Rory will be making his sixth start in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and he was just getting used to the old TPC Blue Monster, having finished in the top 10 in each of his last three starts. His best result was solo third two years ago, when he bounced back from an opening 1-over-par 73 with scores of 69-65-67 to wind up two shots behind winner Justin Rose. The year before, he opened with three rounds in the 60s but closed with a 74 to tie for 10th, and last year he finished with a 65 to tie for eighth, one of his better finishes in a year to forget. He has never won a WGC title. ... McIlroy seemed to be en route to a wire-to-wire victory in the Honda after opening with 63-66-69 before inexplicably running into trouble in the final round. In the playoff, back on the 18th hole, he hit his second shot long into a greenside bunker and blasted his third shot past the hole onto the fringe, eventually saving par with a 5-foot putt, but it was too late. Rory was brilliant with the putter all week, making all 55 putts he took inside 5 feet.

5. Phil Mickelson, United States -- Playing for the first time in three weeks, Lefty showed a bit of rust as he shot 70-71--141 and missed the cut by one stroke in the Honda Classic. It was the first time he missed the weekend since the Greenbrier Classic last July, but he rebounded from that by winning the Aberdeen Asset Scottish Open and the Open Championship at Muirfield on consecutive weeks later in the month. ... Mickelson had a couple extra days to get his first look at the new TPC Blue Monster, and he will try to get things going in the right direction this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He is playing in the tournament the 12th time. He won it at Doral in 2009, posting four rounds in the 60s and holding off Nick Watney by one shot. Lefty also was right there last year, when he posted three rounds in the 60s before closing with a 1-under-par 71 to tie for third, five strokes behind winner Tiger Woods. His best result in the old Ford Championship at Doral was second in 2005, one shot behind Woods. ... Mickelson came to his final hole, No. 9, needing a birdie to play on the weekend in the Honda, but he came up short of the green on his second shot and missed a 12-yard chip after having caddie Bones Mackay pull the pin. He also missed an 8-foot birdie putt one hole earlier, and he made only two birdies each day at PGA National. The real killers were double bogeys on the seventh hole in round one and the 16th in round two. His only bogey came at No. 11 on Friday.

6. Zach Johnson, United States -- Johnson seemed to be playing back to the form he displayed to start the 2013-14 season, and he was in position for another top-10 finish before he closed with a 3-over-par 73 and tied for 33rd in the Honda Classic. He had four consecutive top-10 finishes, including victories in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, before taking a month off, and he was knocked out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in the first round by Richard Sterne when he returned two weeks ago. ... Zach will make his 11th start in the WGC-Cadillac Championship this week, with his best results ties for ninth the first two years it was held on the TPC Blue Monster at Doral, in 2007 and 2008. He also finished solo 10th when it was played as the WGC-American Express Championship in 2004 at Mount Juliet in Ireland. Johnson has not fared as well at Doral in recent years, so he might find the new course more to his liking. He seemed to be heading for a top-10 finish with rounds of 70-68-67 two years ago, but he closed with a 3-over-par 75 and tied for 17th. He played three times in the Ford Championship at Doral, with his best result solo third in 2005, when he played the weekend in 64-67. ... Johnson, who has won three times since the BMW Championship in September, started 67-70-69 in the Honda, bouncing back from a quadruple bogey 8 on his second hole, No. 11, in round one after hitting two balls into the water. However, he carded only one birdie on Sunday, at No. 3, and he made bogeys at Nos. 6 and 7 before making double bogey 6 at No. 11, where his second shot went into the water.

7. Jimmy Walker, United States -- It is difficult to win any event on the PGA Tour, no matter who is or isn't there, but the 35-year-old Walker has won three times in his 10 outings in the 2013-14 season to build a big lead in the FedEx Cup standings. He is a lock to make the United States Ryder Cup team for the first time. He can show his performance has been no fluke this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship because all of the best players in the world will be in the field for the first time since the PGA Championship. ... Walker will be playing in the WGC event at Doral for the first time. It will be his third World Golf Championships tournament. He tied for 46th in the WGC-HSBC Champions last November, and two weeks ago he was knocked out of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in the second round by Rickie Fowler, 1 down. He did play in the old Ford Championship at Doral twice, shooting 71-72--143 to miss the cut by two strokes on the old Blue Monster in 2005 and tying for 59th the following year, when he opened with 3-under-par 69 and closed with a 68. A 77 in the third round kept him from a high finish. ... It took 188 tournaments before Walker claimed his first PGA Tour victory in the Frys.com Open last October, and he hasn't slowed down, winning twice more since. He climbed to No. 25 in the World Golf Rankings, and if he could win against strong field like the one he will face this week on the new TPC Blue Monster, a spot in the top 10 might not be far away.

8. Justin Rose, England -- Rose was committed to play in the Honda Classic last week, but he withdrew a few days before the tournament began because he still is bothered by tendinitis in his right shoulder that cropped up again late last week. It appears to be only a precautionary move because his management team said that the U.S. Open champion expects to be ready for the WGC-Cadillac Championship this week. ... Rose will be playing in the WGC event at Doral for the eighth time. He captured the tournament two years ago, when he started 69-64-69 before a 2-under-par 70 in the final round was good enough to complete a one-stroke win over Bubba Watson. The Englishman had a two-stroke lead after making a 5-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole, but he made bogey on the final hole and was on the practice range in case of a playoff when Watson missed a 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Last year as defending champion, Rose posted bookend 68s and finished in a tie for eighth. He also played twice in the old Ford Championship at Doral, shooting 73-71--144 to miss the cut by four strokes in 2004. He tied for 41st the previous year, when he shot 67-67 in the middle rounds but also had bookend 1-over-par 73s. ... Rose has played only twice this year, tying for 45th in the Northern Trust Open before being eliminated by Ernie Els in round three of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He still has plenty of time to get his game sharp for his U.S. Open title defense at Pinehurst No. 2. However, he needs to get going to be ready for the Masters next month.

9. Dustin Johnson, United States -- It probably wasn't too difficult for DJ to shake off his latest first-round exit in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, his fifth in six years, because he finished second in each of his last two stroke-play events -- the Northern Trust Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. In fact, he has quite a 2013-14 season going, finishing in the top six in all four of his stroke-play events, including his eighth PGA Tour victory in the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in November. That put him second in the FedEx Cup standings last week. ... Johnson is playing this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the sixth time. His best finish was second in 2011, when he held a two-stroke lead heading into the final round, but he closed with a 1-under-par 71 to finish two shots behind Nick Watney. His only other top-20 finish on the old Blue Monster was a tie for 12th last year, when he opened with 68-69 but played the weekend in 70-72. ... Johnson's numbers tell how well he is playing this year. As of last week, he was in the top 10 in several key statistical categories. He ranked eighth in driving distance with an average of 303.3 yards, and he also led in scoring average at 68.766, birdie average at 5.38 per 18 holes, and in the all-around ranking, a compilation of eight major statistical categories. DJ also was second three other categories -- greens in regulation at 76.74 percent, birdies on par-5 holes at 63.33 percent, and in ball-striking, a combination of total driving and greens in regulation.

10. Matt Kuchar, United States -- Since he played only three rounds in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, being eliminated in his title defense by Jordan Spieth one step short of the quarterfinals, Kooch will be well-rested if nothing else when he shows up this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He took a month off with his family after playing in the first two events of the season in Hawaii, then missed the cut in the Northern Trust Open, so like the rest of the big names, he must begin honing his game for the Masters next month. ... Kuchar is playing in the WGC event at Doral for the fifth time, and other than a tie for 35th last year, when he didn't break the par of 72 until closing with a 71, he has finished high on the leaderboard. He closed with 67-68 in 2010 to tie for third, his best finish on the Blue Monster, although he was seven strokes behind champion Ernie Els. In 2011, he was two shots back in a tie for second entering the final round, but he closed with a 71 to finish solo fifth. Two years ago, Kooch shot 67-66 in the middle rounds but had bookend scores of 72 to tie for eighth. He played in the Ford Championship at Doral once, shooting 75-76--151 to miss the cut by six strokes in 2004. ... By winning twice in the Accenture, Kuchar finished in a tie for ninth, his fourth top-10 finish in five events during the 2013-14 season. The only time he missed came when he failed to reach the weekend at Riviera following his four-week break. He leads the PGA Tour with 51 top-10 finishes since 2008.

11. Brandt Snedeker, United States -- At least Sneds is playing after being sidelined at this time last season because of a strained intercostal muscle. He hasn't played up to his standards, or even close to the way he was going early last season, when he was the best player on the West Coast Swing. It is time for him to get his game together with the Masters a little more than a month away. ... Snedeker missed the WGC-Cadillac Championship a year ago because of his injury. He will be playing in the tournament for only the third time, and he has yet to play well at Doral. He tied for 48th in his first appearance in 2008 and tied for 45th when he played the TPC Blue Monster again in 2012, breaking 70 on the course only when he shot 3-under-par 69 in the second round two years ago. And the new version of the Blue Monster is supposed to be much more difficult than the old one. ... Snedeker's best finish in seven starts in the 2013-14 season was a tie for 11th in the WGC-HSBC Champions in November. He missed the cut in the Farmers Insurance Open and in his title defense at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. He got to the third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship before losing to finish in a tie for 17th. Last year on the West Coast Swing, he wound up in the top three in four of his five events, including his victory at Pebble Beach and runner-up finishes in the Farmers and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

12. Jason Dufner, United States -- For the second straight year, Duf is off to a bit of a slow start, but if the year ends up like 2013, that would be OK. He wound up winning his first major title at the PGA Championship last August at Oak Hill. Dufner might play the next three weeks in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, so he has plenty of time to get his game sharp before heading to the Masters. ... Dufner is playing this week in the Cadillac for the fourth time. He recorded his best finish on the TPC Blue Monster a year ago when he opened with three straight 3-under-par 69s before closing with a 72 to tie for 12th. He also tied for 18th in his first appearance at Doral in 2010, when he shot 65 in the final round, and he tied for 29th in 2012, when he started with a 66 but could not break par the rest of the way. ... Dufner actually seemed to be headed for a fast start this year when he tied for fifth in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and he was on his way to another high finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii. However, he came down with pneumonia and bronchitis at Waialae, and after posting three scores of 68 or better, he closed with a 70 and slid to a tie for 20th. He felt well enough to fly off the to the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, where he tied for 72nd, before returning to tie for 65th in the Northern Trust Open. Dufner seemed to be regaining his form in a tie for ninth in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, where Ernie Els beat him with a birdie on the last hole in round three.

13. Jason Day, Australia -- As he showed by winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship two weeks ago, Day enjoys playing in the big events against strong fields, and he gets that opportunity again this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral. He has four top-10 finishes in the World Golf Championships in his career and six in the majors, including three last year, so the Aussie is turning into one of golf's big-game players. ... Day is making his fourth appearance in the WGC event at Doral, but his best finish is only a tie for 20th two years ago, when he bounced back from an opening 73 with 67-70-71. He also tied for 45th in 2011, when he could not break 70 in any of his four rounds, and he tied for 33rd a year ago, when he posted his best score on the TPC Blue Monster, a 6-under-par 66 in the second round. The new Blue Monster is supposed to be a more difficult test, and the Aussie has shown that he plays the tough courses well. ... Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters last year, but it just as easily might have been Day. Day finished third at Augusta last year and tied for second three years ago, but he was forced to withdraw because of an ankle injury in 2012. The way he is playing, with two victories in his last five tournaments, including the individual title in the World Cup of Golf in December, he again will be a player to watch next month at Augusta National.

14. Jordan Spieth, United States -- If there were any doubt, Spieth already showed in the first several months of the 2013-14 season that his Rookie of the Year campaign a year ago was no fluke. The 20-year-old has three top-10 finishes in seven starts, and his missed cut in the Sony Open in Hawaii was the only time he failed to place in the top 20. He finished second in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, and it seems only a matter of time before he claims his second victory on the PGA Tour. He won the John Deere Classic last year, beating defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn in a playoff. ... Spieth is playing this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the first time and is making only his third appearance in the World Golf Championships. He finished 17th in the WGC-HSBC Champions last November in China and tied for fifth two weeks ago in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships, winning his first three matches before Ernie Els beat him, 4 and 2, in the quarterfinals. ... Spieth played in 23 events on the PGA Tour last year as a rookie, and two more on the Web.com Tour before earning playing privileges on the big circuit, and he figures to play close to that number again this season. He is going to be busy leading up to his first appearance in the Masters next month because the native Texan said last week that he will play in the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio and the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston before heading to Augusta National.

15. Webb Simpson, United States -- Simpson is off to a strong start in the 2013-14 season, with five top-10 finishes in his seven outings, including a victory to start things off in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October. Last week, he ranked sixth in the FedEx Cup standings and eighth in the United States Ryder Cup standings for the matches in September at Gleneagles Resort. He figures to be a player captain Tom Watson is keeping his eye on. ... Webb is playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship for only the third time, which might be a good thing because he doesn't have so much information to forget since the TPC Blue Monster is almost a completely new course. He tied for 35th in 2012, shooting 66-66 in the middle rounds, but he opened with a 3-over-par 75 and finished with a 77. Last year, he tied for 20th, posting a much more consistent 72-67-71-72. ... As often happens to young players who get an early victory in one of the Grand Slam events, it seemed to take Simpson a while to get comfortable with the idea of being a major champion after he captured the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He didn't play badly, but it took him until last fall to win again on the PGA Tour, and now it seems that he is ready to contend again on a regular basis. Simpson showed that he was coming around when he lost in a playoff to Graeme McDowell in the RBC Heritage, and his consistency this season seems to indicate he is heading for a big year.

16. Bubba Watson, United States -- Finally playing Bubba Golf again after a bit of a drought following his major breakthrough at the 2012 Masters, Watson finished in the top 10 in each of his past three tournaments, including his fifth victory on the PGA Tour in the Northern Trust Open. He was ranked fourth in the FedEx Cup standings last week and was sixth in the United States Ryder Cup standings, and he really wants to make the team after being left off the U.S. team for the Presidents Cup a year ago. ... Bubba is playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the fourth time. He had a great result, a good one and a poor one in his outings on the old TPC Blue Monster. In 2009, he failed to break 70 and played the weekend in 74-75 to finish 72nd, beating only seven players in the no-cut event. In 2012, Bubba played the middle rounds in 62-67 to take a three-stroke lead in the final round, but he closed with a 2-over-par 74 to wind up one stroke behind winner Justin Rose after missing a 9-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole. Last year, he was tied for the first-round lead with a 66, but he finished with 69-71-75 to wind up in a tie for 18th. ... Watson lives in the Orlando area, so he might play in the last two events of the Florida Swing, the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Valspar Classic, because they are close to home. Those probably would be his last two events before the Masters. The Tavistock Cup, in which he usually plays in March, will not be held this year.

17. Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland -- Playing his best golf only when he shot 3-under-par 67 in the second round, McDowell finished in a tie for 46th in the Honda Classic. That broke his streak of three consecutive top-10 finishes on the Champion Course at PGA National, but it was a good week anyway because his wife, Kristin, is expecting, and they learned that their first child is a girl. ... G-Mac will tee it up this week in what is now the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the ninth time, and he recorded his best finish last year, a tie for third. He opened with 66-67-69 but shot even-par 72 on Sunday to finish five strokes behind champion Tiger Woods. His only other top-10 finishes in the event were two ties for sixth, in 2010 when he closed with a 66 at Doral, and in 2005 when the tournament was played at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, where he shot 68-68 on the weekend. He made one start in the Ford Championship at Doral, shooting 73-69--142 to miss the cut by two strokes in 2006. ... Even McDowell's second-round 67 in the Honda could have been better because the Bear Trap got him, as he hit his tee shot in to the water on the 15th hole and carded a double-bogey 5. He also had a double bogey on the fifth hole a day earlier, the only blemish on his card in an opening 70. McDowell made bogeys on the last two holes to finish at 72 on Saturday, but after carding four consecutive bogeys through No. 7 in the final round, he had four birdies the rest of the way to salvage a 71 and head to Doral with a little momentum.

18. Patrick Reed, United States -- Reed played some solid but unspectacular golf last week in his second appearance in the Honda Classic, finishing in a tie for 24th. About all he could say for the result was that it was better than his first outing on the Champion Course at PGA National last year, a tie for 58th. ... Reed, 23, will be playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship for the first time, and it will be only his second appearance in the World Golf Championships. He made a credible start in the WGC events two weeks ago when he beat Graham DeLaet of Canada in the first round before it took George Coetzee of South Africa 21 holes to eliminate him in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Reed was No. 44 in the World Golf Rankings last week. If he can stay there, or climb higher, he would play in all four majors and all four WGC events for the first time this year. ... Reed opened with a 1-over-par 71 last week in the Honda before shooting his best round of the week the following day, a 67, to make the cut by three strokes. He played the weekend in 70-69, making his performance almost the opposite of his results at PGA National last year, when he opened with a 67 before going 73-75-73. After making three bogeys in the first six holes of the final round last week, he played some of his best golf of the week, touring the last 12 holes in a bogey-free 4 under. Reed has shown that he has the game, and he figures to get better on the tougher courses on the PGA Tour the more he plays them.

19. Sergio Garcia, Spain -- Garcia had to birdie the last two holes in the second round to make the cut on the number at 72-68--140 in the Honda Classic, and then he played the weekend at PGA National in 68-67 and climbed to a tie for eighth. He got his year off to a strong start on the Middle East Swing of the European Tour, including a victory in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, after winning the Thailand Golf Championship late in 2013, so he could be primed for a big season. ... Sergio will try to keep it going this week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which he will play for the 14th time. Last year, he equaled his best finish since the tournament went to Doral in 2007 by tying for third with three rounds in the 60s, finishing five strokes behind winner Tiger Woods after sharing the first-round lead with a 6-under-par 66. He also went 71-70-71-70 to tie for third in 2007, six shots behind champion Woods. Garcia tied for third in 2005 when the tournament was played as the WGC-American Express Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, carding four rounds in the 60s and finishing two shots out of the playoff in which Woods beat John Daly. ... Garcia hit the flagstick with his tee shot on the 17th hole in round two last week at PGA National and holed the 7-foot birdie putt, then chipped to within a foot of the hole at No. 18 to make the birdie that put him through to the weekend. Sergio made only one bogey on Sunday, at No. 3, and he missed a chance to climb into the top five when he could not hole an 8-foot birdie putt at No. 18.

20. Keegan Bradley, United States -- Bradley was in position to contend if he could shoot a low round on the final day of the Honda Classic, but he closed with a 2-over-par 73 and skidded to a tie for 12th. About the only positive he could take out of it was that he finished in the top 20 for the sixth time in the seven stroke-play events he has played in the 2013-14 season, the exception being when he missed the cut in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. ... Keegan will be making only his third start in the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and he might be sorry to see the old TPC Blue Monster go because he has finished in the top 10 in each of his two appearances at Doral. In 2012, he started with 69-67-66 and began the final round in second, three strokes behind Bubba Watson. He closed with a 3-over-par 75 to slide to a tie for eighth. Last year, he started 68-68-69 and finished with a 71 to wind up solo seventh, seven shots behind winner Tiger Woods. He claimed his only title in the World Golf Championships by holding off veterans Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker in the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. ... Bradley opened with 69-68-66 last week on the Champion Course at PGA National, where he tied for fourth a year ago, and entered the final round five shots behind leader Rory McIlroy in a tie for fifth. He started the final round the same way, with birdies on two of his first four holes, before making bogeys on the next three.

Others receiving consideration: Ernie Els, South Africa; Jim Furyk, United States; Lee Westwood, England; Luke Donald, England; Bill Haas, United States; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Hunter Mahan, United States; Ryan Moore, United States; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Harris English, United States; Ian Poulter, England; Scott Stallings, United States; Graham DeLaet, Canada; Kevin Stadler, United States; Russell Henley, United States.
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