We have another World Golf Championship tournament this week which means all the best players in the world will be competing. 74 players from all across the world will battle it out for this prized Championship. A group of 14 past major winners will be competing and looking to sharpen their skills before The Masters. It should be an excellent 4 days of golf and I look forward to some of the groups over the 1st two days.
A 7266 yard Par 72 course will be the host this week, and it is nicknamed The Blue Monster for a reason. The 11 water hazards will suck up plenty of balls this week, due to difficult tee shots and well placed pins. While players are worrying about the ‘blue’ on the course, they might find a little too much beach. Dick Wilson is the original designer and Raymond Floyd was the man who restored the course in 1986. They both did an excellent job of placing bunkers in common shot areas. There are 110 bunkers across the course forcing players to be accurate with their drives and irons.
Hole 4 is easily one of the most difficult Par 3’s in the world. At 236 yards in length and water on the right, many players are forced to aim well left. The problem with doing that is there are two very deep green side bunkers. If any wind picks up this hole will give the players fits.
The 18th on the famous Blue Monster could be where the tournament is won or lost. Last year the 467 yard Par 4 played as the most difficult hole on the course. With water protecting the left side of green, players tend to bail out to the right. The green offers plenty of undulation and difficult breaks, forcing many difficult two putts. It played to an average of 4.311 last year, and if the wind escalates, that number could increase this year.
We have a star studded field this week and the organizers have done a great job with the tee times. I love what the PGA Tour has done by matching up viewer friendly groups. The first group people will be watching will be Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and the defending champion Nick Watney. Woods has won this event 6 times and looks to build momentum heading into the years first Major. Sergio and Watney will both embrace the spotlight and will enjoy playing with Tiger for the first two rounds.
The other American in this field that fans cannot get enough of is Phil Mickelson. Phil won this tournament in 2009 and will look to build on a solid start to the year. He will be playing in a group alongside Adam Scott and the winner of the year’s first WGC event Hunter Mahan.
Another group that has my attention has the Top 3 players in the world playing together. Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will have the pleasure of playing in an all European group for the 1st and 2nd rounds. Rory just became world number 1 last week and will have plenty of fans following him.
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One interesting aspect this week is that there is no cut. All 74 players competing will play on Sunday, and this can change some player’s strategy for the week. We will be going with players who possess 3 attributes (Past success here, driving accuracy and putting). A key this weekend, as rain is a possibility, will be keeping the ball in the fairway. The rough is very difficult and when you combine that with wet and windy conditions, The Blue Monster could play very difficult.
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RICKIE FOWLER 45 TO 1 – I actually feel that Rory becoming world number one last week will help Rickie Fowler. These two players have been talked about for many years and only one has been able to achieve his high potential. Rickie has yet to win on Tour but this may be his week. Rickie ranks 19th in Driving Accuracy this year and 5th in Total Driving. He is 7th on Tour in Par 3 performance, showing that he is hitting his irons very well. Rickie finished 8th here last year in his first ever appearance and I look for him to build off this previous result.
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