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Golf Australia Express : Issue 26
March 8-11 What’s happening on the PGA Tour this week PEEK THE SEVENTY OF the world’s best golfers head to the notorious TPC Blue Monster at Doral in pursuit of the season’s second WGC title. It’ll be the sixth consecutive staging of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the storied course —one that’s hosted a PGA Tour event for more than 45 years. Deep Bermuda rough, brutally long fairways, undulating greens and plenty of water mean both length and accuracy are crucial to scoring well. Oh, and successfully navigating the infamous final hole is a must. This par 4, 467-yard 18th was ranked the most difficult finishing hole on the PGA Tour in 2004 and is widely regarded as one of the world’s most demanding finishing holes. American Nick Watney returns as the defending champ after his two-shot victory over Dustin Johnson in 2011. So who’s going to get lucky at the event’s 13th staging? OTG TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Florida, USA Purse US$8,500,000 Defending Champ: Nick Watney (USA) THE EVENT THE DEFENDER BEING THE defending champion should not automatically make you a favourite for an event. Reigning WGC-Cadillac champion Nick Watney is the exception to the rule. The 30-year-old Californian is as likely to be around the top of the leaderboard this week as any other. If it’s cool, calm and understated excitement you’re looking for, this fella’s got it all. Watney’s $1.4 million win here in 2012 could have been his second event title if not for an overly stubborn Phil Mickelson in 2009. Watney form’s superb at Doral, and we expect it to continue this week.