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World Golf Championships

Cadillac Championship

Trump National Doral

Blue Monster

Doral, Fla.


Blue Monster

Yards: 7,481 per the scorecard

Par: 72 (36-36)

Greens: Bermudagass; 6,600 square feet on average

Rough: Bermudagrass and ryegrass at 3”

Stimpmeter: 12

Course Architect: Dick Wilson (1961); Jim McLean (2000); PGA TOUR/Doral (2006); Gil Hanse (2013)

Purse: $9,000,000

Winner’s Share: $1,530,000

FexExCup Points: 550 to the winner

Defending Champion: Tiger Woods beat Steve Stricker by two shots to win here for his seventh victory in 13 events in this event (multiple courses). He also won for the fourth time on Doral’s Blue Monster.

Dates:  March 6-9

Format: Stroke play; 69 players will not be cut.

Notes: As of Monday afternoon, the top 50 players in the OWGR are scheduled to play. This is the first time since the 2012 PGA Championship that all 50 are healthy/entered.

Recent History Lessons

After winning 31 of 40 tournaments in 2013, the USA has now won the first 14 of 15 events of 2013-14. Harris English, Jimmy Walker (THREE), Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore, Dustin Johnson, Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson, Patrick Reed, Scott Stallings, Kevin Stadler, Bubba Watson and Russell Henley have collected the hardware this year for the stars and stripes. Jason Day is representing the rest of the world as the Australian won the WGC-Match Play last week.

Jimmy Walker and Kevin Stadler remain the only first-time winners this season. There were 12 first-timers in 40 events last year. First-time winners in WGC Events just ain’t happening, gamers.

Young Guns versus Prime Time versus Old Guys

Jimmy Walker (34) started the season out on the right foot for the Prime Time guys and was joined by Ryan Moore (30) in Malaysia and Zach Johnson (37) at Kapalua now Kevin Stadler (33), at WMPO and Bubba Watson, 35, joined them at Riviera.  Walker has now added TWO more victories to the guys currently in their prime!

Scott Stallings (28), Patrick Reed (23), Chris Kirk (28), Webb Simpson (28), Dustin Johnson (29), Harris English (24), Jason Day (26) and now Russell Henley, 24, are the twenty-somethings on the board. With Henley’s victory, the Young Guns now have eight wins to the Prime Timers seven.

The Old Guys are playing like old guys as they have zero wins this season. Stuart Appleby, 42, began the day four shots behind and settled for a T8 finish.

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Horse-for-course fans remember any data prior to 2007 is sketchy because the events were not at Doral.

Gil Hanse and his group have also recently redone TPC Boston, host of the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedExCup Playoffs. Hanse is also designing the 2016 Olympic course is Rio de Janeiro.

Since the WGC started in 1999, Kevin Sutherland is the only winner that has NOT represented his country in a Presidents or Ryder Cup.

In 51 events, only 11 winners have not won a major championship, including the last two, Dustin Johnson at the HSBC Champions and Jason Day in Match Play. I’ll bet those two win a major down the road!

Only Tiger Woods has won this event twice at Doral (2007, 2013).

There has never been a repeat champion since moving to South Florida.

Past Champions in the Field

2013 Tiger Woods -19

2012 Justin Rose -16

2011 Nick Watney -16

2010 Ernie Els -18

2009 Phil Mickelson -19

2007 Tiger Woods -10

Inside the Ropes

The Blue Monster at Trump Doral has always been one of the easier courses on TOUR and has been the home to the WGC-Cadillac Championship since 2007. The average winning score was just over 16-under-par until Tiger Woods, 19-under, took it even lower last season. The Blue Monster, a resort course which plays to par-72, has been destroyed by the elite in world golf year after year. The length of the course wasn’t long enough; the bunkers and water hardly come into play. Tiger Woods made 27 birdies here last year, one off his career best of 28.

Enter Donald Trump.

Trump’s golf group bought Doral last year and The Donald sunk a ton of cash into upgrading not only the entire resort but the Blue Monster as well. To help him in his quest to bring Doral back bigger and better than ever, Trump hired Gil Hanse to reconstruct, redesign and redevelop this old Dick Wilson classic so it fits in the modern era. Hanse, with Trump’s blessing and bankroll, has lengthened holes, tilted fairways, moved tee boxes, expanded water hazards and created more difficult putting surfaces to put the “monster” back into Blue Monster. Every green has been rebuilt. Every bunker has be shifted, shimmied and redesigned.

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

Hole No. 1: Used to be one of, if not THE, easiest hole on TOUR is now 572 yards long and has water in play on the approach. Risk or reward is back on the table for this par five.

Hole No. 9: Another benign par three now has extra tee boxes that can stretch the hole back to 200 yards.

Hole No. 10: Now plays over 600 yards because of a new teeing area which will bring water into play and the green has been moved back as well to add that distance.

Hole No. 15: Once a straight-forward par-three at 170 yards has been shortened to 150 yards but is now a peninsula green. It’s not The Bear Trap but with water on three sides and any kind of wind, players will have to hold their nerve on Sunday.

Hole No. 18: Now with trees up the right with the traditional water remaining to the left, there is even less room to bail out from the tee box. No. 18 is one of the hardest, non-major holes on TOUR annually and it might climb that list after this year!

Luke Donald remarked via Twitter (@LukeDonald) that “course definitely has a very different feel about it. Aesthetically it is much better. Greens are bigger and angles off the tees aren’t as awkward. A few holes are much tougher but players will hit more fairways and greens so scoring will stay similar to previous years IMO (in my opinion). Overall, it’s definitely an improvement.”

Doral has been a haven for ball-strikers and with the lengthened par fives, it sounds like again it will set up for the power players. The new green complexes should be interesting and will give the putters hope. The thicker rough will help those with tremendous short games. It sounds like a little something for everyone! Everyone that is a premium player, that is!

The Chalk

The players who should be atop the leaderboard come Sunday sunset; Yahoo! group in ( )

Rory McIlroy (B): He was No. 1 on this list last week and he’s No. 1 again this week. His 74 on Sunday was rubbish but the way he handled the media afterwards told me all that I needed to know moving forward. He admitted he didn’t play well enough to win. He knows he threw away a chance to win with a four-OVER round on Sunday. A handful of bad holes on a Sunday and he still had the cajones to knock a five wood to 11 feet from 240 yards on the final hole to give him a chance to win. He’s opened the last two years with 73 and finished T8 and third so don’t panic if he gets off to a slow start. He’s fired 65 in each of the last two years. Oh, and he was T10 three years ago.

Sergio Garcia (C): After opening with two-over 72 last week at Honda, the Spaniard played the final three rounds in seven-under without any doubles or worse. If the new Doral favors ball-strikers even more, I have no problem looking in this direction. He has a pair of T3s in six starts on the “old” course as well.

Adam Scott (A): If he’s in the field, he’s in this column. All he does is split fairways and punish GIR. He has four finishes of T13 or better in seven starts at Doral including T6, T13 and T3 in his last three. Adding distance and difficulty, if that is the case, off the tee and into the greens will just enhance his chances this week.

Jason Day (B): Fresh off his first WGC title, Match Play, the Aussie is beaming with confidence and winning back-to-back events is not out of the question. The reason Day will be a popular pick this week is he’s massive off the tee and his short game is world class. Wait, that’s the reason he’s on this list EVERY week he’s entered. No point in overthinking this one, folks.

Dustin Johnson (B): He backed up his solo second in 2011 with T35 in 2012 and T12 last season. This season he’s teed it up four times in stroke play and has won, finished T6, T2 and second. Shall I go on? Gamers, if his Match Play early exit brings worry, don’t let it. He’s been knocked out in the first round six of the last seven years. All is well in the Johnson camp and the results are telling!

Keegan Bradley (B): Knock. Knock. Knock. His T18, T16, T20 and T12 are his stroke play finishes this season (MC at WMPO). Knock. Knock. Knock. In two trips to Doral, six of his eight rounds are in the 60s; the other two were 75 and 71 on Sundays. Those resulted in T8 and solo seventh the last, and only, two years he’s played. It’s time to kick that door open as he hasn’t won since the 2012 WGC-BI.

Webb Simpson (B): With five top 10s in seven starts this season that includes a win and a T3, Simpson is well on his way to another monster. He’s currently second in total putting, seventh in scrambling and 11th in ball-striking. After a quiet year, by his standards, off of his 2012 U.S. Open title, it looks like Simpson is trending in the proper direction for gamers.

Steve Stricker (B): He’ll probably be the most scrutinized HEALTHY player this week who is not named Phil Mickelson…Gamers, remember a couple of things. One, he made this schedule to optimize his game. Two, his brother had a successful liver transplant before Match Play and Stricker played in that event. Stricker has enjoyed Doral over the years as he has six of seven finishes T18 or better and that includes T8 in 2012 and solo second last season.

Bubba Watson (A): He backed up his disappointing T2 in Phoenix with a victory his next time out at Riviera. A very solid showing at Match Play (T9) followed and it looks like Watson is back to normal after a whirlwind 2012-2013. Gamers, there is no book on how players will respond after winning their first major. Most gamers saw that, especially in season-long salary cap games, Watson was a steal and he’s already paid dividends. He’s looking to bury some round four demons at the new Doral as he fell to Justin Rose in 2012 with a 74 in the final group on Sunday and his 75 last year on Sunday knocked him out of the top 10. I’m excited to see New Bubba at New Doral!

Jordan Spieth (B): If gamers are STILL looking for reasons to write him off, then it’s time to get the ol’ eyes checked. I’m not saying he needs to be on the frontline each week but there is no doubt he’s a top lieutenant. He’s coming off a three-week break so he should be refreshed and ready to go! He has seven, top-five since he broke on the scene last January. That’s tied for the most on TOUR. #2legit2quithim

Matt Kuchar (A): He’s posted T3, fifth and T8 in three of the last four years at Doral and does not have a finish worse than T9 in 2013-14. Sure he MC at Riviera breaking his 30-event streak, but he jumped back on the horse at Match Play and was beaten in the Sweet 16. I suggested to gamers that I was leaving Kuchar out at Riviera because I KNOW I’ll find 10 starts for him down the road at courses where he’s had more successes. This is one of those places!

Luke Donald (A): His horse-for-course-ness last week at Honda jump-started his 2013 as he posted his first top 10 since November in Dubai. Donald’s horse-for-course-ness shows again this week as he was T6 in 2012 and 2011. Remember, shorter hitters also enjoy four par-fives as well as their wedge games are usually ace. Donald only made five bogeys last week at a very trying Florida course!

Graeme McDowell (C): His hot start to 2014 fizzled on the weekend at Honda but he’s very fond of the Blue Monster. In his last two trips, he’s posted six of eight rounds in the 60s and has finished T13 in 2012 and T3 last year. His T6 in 2010 isn’t hurting his case either! He’ll hit all the fairways and he can chip with the best of them.

Zach Johnson (B): After back-to-back T9s the first two years of this event, ZJ hasn’t finished better than T17 in the last five years. He’s first in fairways and third in greens so far in 2014. He’s also won the HTOC, T8 at Sony and T3 at Humana. I’ll stretch for him.

Phil Mickelson (A): I mean, I don’t know. Does anyone? He smoked the field here to the tune of 19-under in 2009 and popped a T3 last year. His took almost a month off before teeing it up last weekend at The Honda and MC. He had a very similar start to 2013 before just making five bogeys here last year. Sadly, three of them were on Sunday as he couldn’t catch Woods. He only made one bogey, but two doubles, last week as he just missed playing the weekend. #confusement

Form Players:

There are the players who barely missed out on the group above but who are definitely worth a look this week.

Jimmy Walker (C): He’s been on fire but he hasn’t played in one of these before. Heck, he’s only played in three majors in his career. Well, that’s all going to change now! I’ll let him get his feet wet first before I go cramming him into my lineups but I have NO PROBLEM endorsing him this week if he’s paired with a traditional big gunner.

Harris English (C): In his last four stroke-play events, he’s finished fourth, T33, ninth and T10. He was also T9 in Match Play so he’s hardly intimidated playing against these fields.

Chris Kirk (B): After a cooling off after his solo second in Hawaii, Kirk backed up finishes of 76, T61 and a first-round KO in match play with three rounds in the 60s last week at a very difficult Honda Classic. His 68 on Sunday was excellent and he’ll enjoy fast, Bermudagrass greens this week. First-timers around these events, like English and Walker, are great supporting pieces this week.

Rickie Fowler (A): His solo third at Match Play was parlayed into a very decent T24 at Honda as all four rounds were par or better. He was perched in the top 20 last year at Doral before a final round 78 knocked him back to T35. He was eighth in 2011 and T45 in 2012 so he’s been here, done that. His new found form has piqued my interest. Or maybe it’s his new haircut. Whatever. PAY ATTENTION.

Victor Dubuisson (C): If nothing else, this mention is a sign of respect for his play in the Match Play final against Jason Day. But, once the numbers have been dug up, The Doobie Brother has been smokin’ as of late. In his last five events since November, the Frenchman has posted a win, a third, T20, T5 and a second. He’s 23. He has no fear.

Injury/Fade Report

Keep reading. It’s an All-Star lineup this week!

Tiger Woods (A): He limped off on No. 13 on Sunday with back problems similar to the ones he had at The Barclays last year during the Playoffs. Woods began the day at five-under but shot 40 on the front to knock him out of contention. Do you think he would have had a different attitude if he knew eight-under was good for a playoff at the end of the day? Anyhow, he said through a spokesman that he’ll be getting treatment up until his tee time on Thursday. He had no problem walking off last week. He had no problem walking off here in 2012 with a bad Achilles. I know he’s won on this course four times and seven times overall in this event. Usually, I would throw caution to the wind but with only nine starts left, I don’t see myself AS OF MONDAY going down this road.

Justin Rose (B): Another premium player who pulled out of The Honda Classic Wednesday morning with a lingering shoulder issue. Shoulders and backs in the world of golf are terrifying. Luckily for gamers, this field is as loaded as it gets so chancing it isn’t an option that has to be used. In his last 11 rounds on this course he’s par or better. He won in 2012 and was T8 last year. His 2014 has been quiet because of the shoulder so I’m going to wait until he’s healthier. I’d make fun of his puppet in the Taylor Made commercials but I think they are funny. Puppets make me laugh. Maybe because I’m a muppet. Shut up.

Hideki Matsuyama (B): A lingering wrist issue, we assume, is keeping the young Japanese lad on the fence for this week as he WD from last week’s Honda as well. This is not the first time he’s had an issue with this wrist and he’s played himself through it before. His last two WDs have come AFTER his first round, not before it! Again, each Yahoo! group is loaded this week so this decision is an easy one for me.

Louis Oosthuizen (C): After struggling during Match Play with a sore back, the 2010 Open champ WD early last week from the Honda. This is the second week in a row he’s on the injured/fade list. His best finish in this event is T18 so this wasn’t a tremendously complicated decision.

Henrik Stenson (A): Speaking of wrist issues, it’s still there and it’s not helping anything. After his MC last week, make it four consecutive stroke-play tournaments without a top 25. I’ll let my competitors take a chance on him as he was NINE-over last week. Pass.

Brandt Snedeker (A): He’s finished T58, MC, T61 and MC in his four, full-field, stroke-play events in 2014. In two visits to the WGC-CC, he’s finished T48 and T45. No form and no course history in loaded field is not what I’m stretching for this week. Snedeker is impossible not to like but gamers can’t win with their hearts making decisions.

Ian Poulter (B): His world ranking will bring plenty of eyes his way this week but one round of 10 in 2014 in the 60s won’t bode well around Doral this week if 16 and change is the average winning score. Only seven of 28 career rounds on this track have been in the 60s.

Miguel Angel Jimenez (C): He’s posted just three rounds of 20 at Doral in the 60s. He’s a lovely watch warming up, but I’m not stretching for him this week. Did you see what I did there? Well, I never…

The Man with His Own Section

Jason Dufner (C): He’s played this event three of the last four years and has racked up T18, T29 and T12 finishes. He had a nice rebound on Sunday at Riviera with 68 and that buoyed him to Sweet 16 appearance at Match Play. Does he carry that momentum into this week or should I even bother? It’s too deep of field to have to be “guessing” on what might be happening. Play the healthy chalk and don’t look back. Dufner, as I have mentioned and truly believe, will heat up with the weather. Be patient.

Puerto Rico Open

Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

Trump International Golf Club

Yards: 7,506 per the scorecard

Par: 72 (36-36)

Greens: Seadwarf Paspalum

Stimpmeter: 11’

Bunkers: 62

Water Hazards: 18

Course Architect: Purse: $3,500,000

Winner’s Share: $630,000

FexExCup Points: 300 to the winner

Defending Champion: Scott Brown birdied the final hole to be Jordan Spieth and Fabian Gomez by one shot for his first TOUR victory.

Dates:  March 6-9

Format: Stroke play; 132 players; top 70 and ties play the weekend

Notes: Players are WD left and right as of Monday afternoon, gamers.

The Chalk

Chris Stroud: He’s played five weekends in eight tournaments this season and has two thirds and three other top 20 finishes. He’s excelled on paspalum greens at Mayakoba (T5 and T3) and was T18 here last season.

Brooks Koepka: After pushing late at Frys.com and almost taking it late at Dubai, Koepka has a great shot of being the next youngster to jump up and take a big finish in Puerto Rico. Jordan Spieth and Ryo Ishikawa have been T2 the last two years and the former Seminole is rounding into form.

Brian Stuard: His 18-under last year was just two shots off Brown’s winning number of 20-under. The “knock” on Stuard is that he plays great in shallower fields on resort courses. This qualifies! #giddyup

George McNeill: After finishing fifth and winning in his two previous attempts, McNeill was knocking on the door for another top 10 before a final round 76 knocked him to T57. #Horseforcourse

Scott Brown: He’s played here twice and was fifth in 2012 and was the winner last year. I guess he’s going to fire 76 in the final round and post T57. After spying his 2014 form, that result wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

William McGirt: This is a make-or-break week for gamers who have been riding the McGirt wave. Out of relative nowhere, McGirt was the 54-hole leader at Riviera before 73 on Sunday. He followed that up with a great start at the Honda, six-under heading into Saturday before a 78 led to MDF. He’s close.

David Hearn: Sometimes you play the hot hand on a birdie track like this and Hearn fits that description after his co-Sunday low round of 67 at Honda. He’s also a combined 25-under in two events in Puerto Rico that were good for T14 in 2011 and T8 last year.

Andres Romero: He was 17-under and T6 last year and had a round of 75 on Saturday. He was T12 last week with 17 birdies so he’s ready to go.

Jhonattan Vegas: His T12 last week was his seventh weekend in a row. His shoulder is healthy. His last top 10 was T4 at the 2012 AT&T National. #longshot

Martin Flores: His T12 last week was preceded by three MCs and T70 so I’m trying to catch a guy on the UP. His only round here last year under par was 64. #longshotII

Jordan Spieth of the Week Last Week

The column was taken over and thrashed by the kid from Texas last year. Out of respect, I’m not changing the title of it for 2013-14. It will remind me just how good Spieth was in the last three months of the season. This year, we’ll still identify an up-and-coming player and/or rookie that fantasy players should have on their radar.

Frys.com: Hideki Matsuyama, T3; Brooks Koepka, T3; Max Homa, T9.

SHCO: Ryo Ishikawa is only 22, don’t forget, T2; Chesson Hadley, T5.

CIMB: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, 24, might have enough money after this week to earn Special Temporary Membership. Pay attention!

WGC-HSBC: Jordan Spieth was 17th. Tommy Fleetwood (T18) is only 22 and plays in Europe. Matsuyama WD with a bad back.

McGladrey: Scott Langley turned 24 last April and is in his second season on TOUR. He finished T22 last week and No. 124 last season. #slimpickinngsthisweek

OHL Mayakoba: Harris English turned 24 last July. He won.

HTOC:  Er, Jordan Spieth, solo second.

Sony: Hudson Swafford and Will Wilcox both finished T8. Both played on the Web.com Tour last year and are rookies on TOUR this season.

Humana: Patrick Reed won. He’s 23. You need to pay attention.

FIO: Ryo Ishikawa, 22, bagged another top 10 finish. That’s his sixth in his last 10 events on TOUR or the Web.com Tour. He’s an alternate this week as of Monday afternoon.

WMPO: Hideki Matsuyama is 21. In 11 events the last two years, he’s hit the top 25 in NINE of them, including T4 last week. #ALLRIGHTYTHEN

Pebble Beach: Er, Jordan Spieth, T4. Patrick Reed, 23, finished T13 and he’s won twice since August. Golf is good hands, again.

Riviera: Harris English won’t be 25 until July. He was T10; Spieth was T12.

WGC-Match Play: Victor Dubuisson is 23 and was second. Jordan Spieth was T5. #youthmovement

Honda: Russell Henley is now the fourth player on TOUR under 25 with two wins. He joins Patrick Reed, Harris English and Rory McIlroy in this very elite club of pups.

One-and-Done

SEASON TOTAL: $2,531,446 in 14 events

Wins: One, Jimmy Walker (AT&T Pebble)

Seconds: One, Dustin Johnson (NTO)

Top 10s: Four

MC: One

Thermometer: Just like weather in the Midwest, ice cold the last two weeks…

Frys.com: Gary Woodland, MC. Well, at least I don’t have to worry about when I’m using GARY WOODLAND again!

SHFC Open: Hideki Matsuyama. Time to break through, son. Matsuyama WD with injury so he was replaced with Nick Watney. He finished T48 for $15,264

CIMB Classic: Let’s try this again: Hideki Matsuyama. There’s no cut. This pleases me. His T25 after 74 on Sunday does not please me. Oh well. Here’s $53,433 into the piggy bank.

WGC-HSBC: Martin Kaymer. There’s no other place I would consider using him and he’s the defending champ on this track. #hangsonfordearlife. Kaymer’s third round 62 dared me to dream but his T8 and $161,667 is a nice deposit.

The McGladrey Classic: David Toms. He’s finished T3 in 2010 and second last year. His recent form suggests he’s playing well and I don’t see another chance to burn him down the road. It was him or CH III. Well, BOTH of my selections finished T27. I should have listened to O…T27 was good for $39,050.

OHL Mayakoba: Brian Gay. When form meets course history…  Well, that was a nice theory but it resulted in T45 and $18,060. I’m glad 2013 is now over.

HTOC: Martin Laird. Since I’m off to a woeful start I see no reason to burn a premium player. Chris Kirk was my second choice but nobody wins in back-to-back starts plus he’s just had another child. Laird is the horse-for-course. The Scot finished T20 in a 30-man field for $87,000.

Sony: Charles Howell III. He plays great in the early part of the season and his record at Waialae has everything BUT a win. If you notice, I saved most of my heavy hitters for the latter part of 2013 last year and that strategy worked out. Hey, a top 10 and $119,000! Feels like a winner!

Humana: Webb Simpson has been on fire to get 2013-14 started and going low has never been a problem. It’s time to start firing at ‘em. Sigh. Another week brings another disappointing selection as I add a whopping $57,000 to my morbid total.

FIO: Same as last year, Rickie Fowler. He’s working with Butch Harmon to get to the next level and he’s played SoCal courses plenty in his young life. He finished up last week at Humana 67-66 and he’s finished T5, T20, T13 and T6 last year in four career starts. I’ll save Woods and Mickelson for down the road for bigger winner’s checks. Snedeker and Walker were also considered and are solid options for this week. Fowler was just as bad as the other four I had listed, save for Woods’ MDF cash. Tough week in OAD for most I’m guessing. MC $0.

WMPO: Ryan Palmer. He’s on fire, can really putt and was fifth here last year. His excellent 64 saw him make the cut but his 70-72 weekend resulted in T48 at $15,772. I finished strong last year because I had a stable full of studs from The Open Championship through the FedExCup Playoffs. I’m not panicking. Yet.

AT&T PEBBLE: Jimmy Walker is the pick this week. He’s a beast on the West Coast and he’s had time to recover from his illness after MC at Torrey Pines. BANG TRISCUITS. Winner, winner, chicken dinner and $1,188,000.

NTO: Dustin Johnson goes to bat this week for Team Glass. His form is excellent and the fact that he’s banged top 10s in half of his trips here doesn’t hurt either. Tacos for everyone! Johnson’s solo second adds $723,600 to the bank! #heatwave

WGC-Match Play: Ian Poulter will be my hedge this week. His recent starts hardly inspire but there’s no doubting his inner fortitude in Match Play. He is the 2010 champ and was fourth last year. I don’t see myself using him anywhere else this season. Hunter Mahan would be choice No. 2 but I don’t like his draw with the sizzling Zach Johnson. Don’t forget Mahan played in the last group in the U.S. Open and The Open in 2013. Ah, Poults…$48,000.

Honda Classic: Graeme McDowell is the choice this week. There has been no rust after his time off this winter and I’m encouraged after his result at Pebble and WGC-Match Play. I’m using Mickelson at Pinehurst so this is an easy play. He was three-under heading into the weekend. He was even when the weekend was over. Add $15,600 to the bank. That couldn’t cover Bolton’s Lear jet for the weekend…

WGC-CC: With a massive prize pool, I have no problem pulling the trigger on, as for reasons mentioned above, on an ultra-premium player. GO MCILROY GO!

Puerto Rico: My heart says Brooks Koepka but my wallet says Chris Stroud.

GolfChannel.com Fantasy Golf

WGC-Cadillac Championship Event I

Glass ($5,181,174; Rank: 6,782)

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Sergio Garcia

Group 3: Luke Donald

Group 4: Gary Woodland

Rob Bolton ($5,158,824; Rank: 6,918)

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Dustin Johnson

Group 3: Keegan Bradley

Group 4: Gary Woodland

Ryan O’ Sullivan ($5,318,781; Rank: 5,950)

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Dustin Johnson

Group 3: Keegan Bradley

Group 4: George Coetzee

Ned Brown ($7,624,796; Rank: 166)

Group 1: Rory McIlroy

Group 2: Dustin Johnson

Group 3: Keegan Bradley

Group 4: Patrick Reed

Puerto Rico Open Event II

Glass

Group 1: Chris Stroud

Group 2: Brian Stuard

Group 3: Fabian Gomez

Group 4: Hudson Swafford

Rob

Group 1: Chris Stroud

Group 2: Brian Stuard

Group 3: Robert Streb

Group 4: Matt Bettencourt

Ryan O’ Sullivan

Group 1: Chris Stroud

Group 2: Brian Stuard

Group 3: Jonathan Byrd

Group 4: Hudson Swafford

Ned Brown

Group 1: Chris Stroud

Group 2: George McNeill

Group 3: Fabian Gomez

Group 4: Hudson Swafford


Ned said, “…

Ned Brown is a long-time contributor for Rotoworld Golf.  He’s had documented success in Yahoo!’s game for years.  Even if you’re confident in your selections for that game, give his insight a read. 

Group A

Adam Scott-- He took a long break after playing in Hawaii and returned to play last week at the Honda Classic, where he finished T12, which was his worst showing since a T14 at the TOUR Championship. In other words, Scott is a top flight elite player that should be on your very short list each week. He does have a good record at Doral, but the total rebuild of Doral means that past records won't get as much weight as recent form.

Matt Kuchar-- Outside of a missed cut at the NTO, Kuchar has played well since last fall with top 10s in seven of his last eight starts. He does have a solid career record at Doral of top 10s in three of four starts. I do reserve the right to play Tiger Woods in this spot, but as of right now Tiger is still a question mark to play this week.

SUPER SUBS

Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson

Group B

Rory McIlroy-- Played great last week until the closing holes and was able to get in a playoff with a great approach to the final hole. Despite the P2 finish I don't see him fading on a course that he has finished in the top 10 his last three starts (T10 in '11, third in '12 and T8 last year.)

Dustin Johnson-- He hurt many brackets at the WGC-Match Play when he bowed out in the first round, but before that he was very hot with a T6 at the TOC, a T2 at the AT&T Pebble Beach and a T2 at the NTO. His best finish at Doral came in "11 when he finished in second place.

Jordan Spieth-- Normally, I would shy away from using first time players at Doral, but he has been performing well all season on courses that are new to him and the veterans won't have an edge in knowledge after the total rebuilding of Doral.

Keegan Bradley-- Usually, I would use Justin Rose in this spot, but he is coming off of a shoulder injury, so instead I'll go with Keegan Bradley. He looked good at the Honda, where he tied for 12th place, and he has a very good record at Doral of a T8 in '12 and a seventh place last year.

SUPER SUBS

Jason Day, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Graham DeLaet

Group C

Sergio Garcia -- He’s been playing well since last year with tops 10s in six of his last seven worldwide starts. His record at Doral is solid with his most recent top ten coming last year when he tied for third place.

Graeme McDowell-- Here is the tricky pick of the week. You can make arguments for McDowell, Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker or Harris English and they are all good picks. I was impressed with McDowell at the WGC-Match Play, where he tied for fifth place, and a lot of the players that went deep at the Match Play didn't do that well at the Honda.

SUPER SUBS

Charl Schwartzel, Harris English, Jimmy Walker

“Pure Spin”

Points: 1,362

Percentile: 94th

 

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