If you love golf like I do, this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster course at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Doral, Florida should be a lot of fun. The Cadillac Championship at Doral gets underway today, Thursday, March 8, 2012 and runs through Sunday, March 12, 2012.
Doral should be fun this year because Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are all in town to play in the tournament. Golf has been on a roll this year, and it's been on a roll without Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy all playing together.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods both played at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am played from February 9-12, 2012 at Pebble Beach, California. Mickelson won the tournament in spectacular fashion, coming from six strokes down to start on Sunday, to shoot a -8 under 64, and win Pebble Beach by two strokes. And he did it while paired with Tiger Woods in the final round.
Rory McIlroy did not play at Pebble Beach. The final round at Pebble Beach was the most watched non-major final round in five years.
Northern Trust Open
At the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, played from February 16-19, 2012, only Phil Mickelson showed up to play. And play he did. Mickelson sunk a long putt on the 18th green in the final round to force a three-way sudden death playoff.
Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, who also made a big putt on 18 on Sunday to join the playoff, lost to Bill Haas in the playoff. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy did not play the Northern Trust Open, but the tournament did big ratings.
Accenture Match Play Championship
At the Accenture Match Play Championship held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona, both Tiger Woods and Rory Mclroy showed up to play. McIlroy made it to the Championship Match, where he lost to Hunter Mahan. Phil Mickelson did not play in the Accenture Match Play Championship.
At the Honda Classic, held from March 1-4, 2012 at the PGA National Championship Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy showed up again to play. McIlroy went into the final round with a seven stroke lead over Tiger Woods, but Tiger fired a sizzling 62 in the final round.
That was Tiger's lowest ever final round score, and it came within two strokes of catching McIlroy, who shot -1 under final round to win the Honda Classic by two strokes. Phil Mickelson did not play the Honda Classic in 2012. The TV ratings for the Honda Classic were the best in a decade.
Over the last four weeks, the ratings for golf have been way up. And they have been way up without Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy all playing at the same event.
Doral Should Be Fun With Golf's Big Three Players All Playing
I've been a golfer and golf fan since I was kid in the 1970s, and I'm really looking forward to a great tournament at Doral this weekend with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy all playing.
- Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy
- Pebble Beach