We have another World Golf Championship tournament this week which means all the best players in the world will be competing. 69 players from all across the world will battle it out for this prized Championship. It should be an excellent 4 days of golf and I look forward to some of the groups over the first two days.
A 7481 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.
Keys to Victory This Week
The course has been extended over recent years but they key to victory here is still a players ability to keep it in the fairway. The course is suppose to get hammered with rain prior to the tournament and possibly on Thursday. The rough at Doral is thick in areas and tends to force players into safe shots.
Length is a bonus this week but you will see some of the shorter hitters near the Top of the leaderboad alongside the bombers. You will see guys who get overzealous with the driver pay the price, as Donald Trump continues to alter the course to make it a challenging stop on Tour.
Experience is a huge key this week as it seems to be the same group of players near the top of the leaderboard for the past 5 years. The greens at Doral are absolutely perfect and players really enjoy putting on them. Course knowledge always benefits players but I find it to be extremely helpful here.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
One interesting aspect this week is that there is no cut. All 69 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, Total Driving and Greens in Regulation). A key this weekend, as conditions should be excellent (other than thursday), will be keeping the ball in the fairway.
Here is one of our picks, but you can receive all picks at http://www.GolfBanker.com
CHARL SCHWARTZEL 46 TO 1 – Charl is one of the ten best golfers in the world in my opinion (Currently 16th in official world golf rankings). He is the type of player who does absolutely everything well, and his game is perfect for Doral. The 29 year old South African should be excited about this week based on his previous results. Last season he was in contention here entering Sunday but unfortunately for Charl he struggled to a 75. Even with that poor final round Schwartzel still finished T16. In 2012 Charl played terrific golf all week at Doral and posted all four rounds at 70 or less en route to a T4 finish. In 2010 Charl finished runner up to fellow countryman Ernie Els. Look for Charl to attack the course, as he is one of the longer players in the field this week. He has in the past dominated on the greens at Doral and I can see this happening once again.