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DATES: Thursday, March 12th through Sunday, March 15th
SITE: Doral Golf Resort and Spa (Blue Course), Doral, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Dick Wilson and Robert Von Hagge (1962), Raymond Floyd and
         Ted McAnlis (1996), Jim McLean (2000), PGA Tour/Doral (2006)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,266
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 529 Yds10 - Par 5 551 Yds
2 - Par 4 376 Yds11 - Par 4 402 Yds
3 - Par 4 438 Yds12 - Par 5 603 Yds
4 - Par 3 236 Yds13 - Par 3 245 Yds
5 - Par 4 394 Yds14 - Par 4 460 Yds
6 - Par 4 442 Yds15 - Par 3 175 Yds
7 - Par 4 428 Yds16 - Par 4 372 Yds
8 - Par 5 560 Yds17 - Par 4 419 Yds
9 - Par 3 169 Yds18 - Par 4 467 Yds
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36 3,572 Yds36 3,694 Yds
 
Annual:  10th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  Thursday/Friday -- 8:30 p.m.-12:30 am (et) -
  replay,
  NBC - Saturday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  Sunday -- 3-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Geoff Ogilvy
Runner-Up:  Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh
Tournament Record:  261 (Tiger Woods, 2006)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Tiger Woods, 2006)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Tiger Woods, 2006)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Retief Goosen, Sergio Garcia, 2002 - Mt Juliet, Ireland)
Course Record:  61 (Stephen Ames, 2000 - Doral-Ryder Open)
Total Purse:  $8,500,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,434,375; 2nd Place - $850,000; 3rd Place - $478,125
 
2008 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Geoff Ogilvy271Steve Stricker275
Jim Furyk272Nick O'Hern275
Retief Goosen272Graeme Storm275
Vijay Singh272Zach Johnson276
Tiger Woods273Adam Scott276
 
Past WGC-CA Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2008Geoff Ogilvy (271) -- Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh
(Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Blue Course, Doral, Florida)
2007Tiger Woods (278) -- Brett Wetterich
(Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Blue Course, Doral, Florida)
2006Tiger Woods (261) -- Ian Poulter, Adam Scott
(The Grove, Hertfordshire, England)
2005*Tiger Woods (270) -- John Daly
(Harding Park Golf Course, San Francisco, California)
2004Ernie Els (270) -- Thomas Bjorn
(Mount Juliet Conrad, Kilkenny, Ireland)
2003Tiger Woods (274) -- Stuart Appleby, Tim Herron, Vijay Singh
(Capital City Club, Woodstock, Georgia)
2002Tiger Woods (263) -- Retief Goosen
(Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny, Ireland)
2001Not held due to the tragedies of September 11
2000Mike Weir (277) -- Lee Westwood
(Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande, Spain)
1999*Tiger Woods (278) -- Miguel Angel Jimenez
(Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande, Spain)

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called WGC-American Express Championship (1999-2006).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player199920002002200320042005200620072008
Geoff Ogilvy---------------------T-3Won
Vijay SinghT-16T-33rdT-2---T-6T-56T-11T-2
Jim FurykT-11---T-33T-12T-36T-154thT-35T-2
Retief GoosenT-25T-352ndT-8T-6---T-45T-58T-2
Tiger WoodsWonT-5WonWon9thWonWonWon5th
Steve Stricker---------------------T-35T-6
Zach Johnson------------10thT-43T-45T-9T-9
Adam Scott------T-39T-40T-36T-29T-2T-61T-9
K.J. Choi---------T-6T-57T-43T-32T-19T-12
Sergio GarciaT-7T-57thT-12T-4T-3T-32T-3T-15
Justin Rose------T-46T-28------------T-15
Robert Allenby---T-25T-31T-21T-54---T-26T-3T-20
Phil MickelsonT-40---T-23T-38---T-29---T-23T-20
Luke Donald------------T-11T-11T-6T-26T-20
John Rollins------T-43------------T-28T-20
Stewart CinkT-4---------T-23T-46T-13T-45T-20
Mike WeirT-30WonT-15T-28---T-18---T-50T-20
Camilo Villegas------------------------T-26
Robert KarlssonT-53---------------21stT-11T-30
Justin LeonardT-11T-25T-11---T-28T-46------T-34
Trevor Immelman------T-27T-44T-23---T-9T-35T-40
Paul Casey---------T-8T-21---T-56T-9T-51
Ian Poulter---------T-44---T-18T-2T-16T-57
Henrik Stenson---------------T-3T-13T-19T-57
Rory Sabbatini------------T-21---T-41T-35T-70
Ernie ElsT-40wdT-23T-12Won---5thT-1175th
Sean O'Hair---------------T-35T-54---wd
Padraig HarringtonT-30T-521stT-6T-667thT-17T-19---
Y.E. Yang---------------------T-65---
Kenny Perry------22ndT-28---T-32---------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Tiger Woods
Darkhorse - Paul Casey
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Rory McIlroy) - Finished tied for 13th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mark Calcavecchia) - Finished tied for 22nd
 
NOTES:
A stellar field is on hand this week for the second installment of the World Golf Championships events, the CA Championship. World No. 1 and six-time champion Tiger Woods, along with the rest of the top-50 players in the world rankings are competing this week for the $1.4 million first prize. The purse increased $500,000 this year to $8.5 million.

Woods will be playing in his first stroke-play event since returning from knee surgery. The last stroke-play event he played was when he won the U.S. Open last June. Woods lost in the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship two weeks ago to Tim Clark in his first event back from injury.

This event features players in the top-50 from the Official World Golf Rankings, any remaining top-30 players from the 2008 FedExCup Points List, any remaining top-20 players from the 2008 European Tour Order of Merit, and any remaining top-three players from the 2008 Australasian Tour Order of Merit, Sunshine Tour Order of Merit, Asian Tour Order of Merit and Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit not already in the field. This event also features the top-10 players on the current PGA Tour FedExCup Points List and European Tour Order of Merit.

Stuart Appleby will be playing in his 31st career World Golf Championships event this week. He is the only player to compete in every WGC event since its inception in 1999.

Last year, Geoff Ogilvy opened with a first-round 65 and held at least a share of the lead after every round as he captured the WGC-CA Championship. Ogilvy parred nine straight holes in the final round to win the rain-delayed event on Monday morning. Ogilvy finished at 17-under-par 271 to win by one stroke over Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen and Vijay Singh. It was his first victory since winning the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Ogilvy bogeyed the seventh hole in the final round last year for his only bogey of the tournament. He had gone 60 holes to that point without recording a bogey.

With his win last year, Ogilvy joined Woods and Darren Clarke as the only players with multiple victories at World Golf Championships events. Woods has 15 wins, while Clarke has two. Ogilvy won his third WGC event two weeks ago at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

In 2007, Woods won the this title for the sixth time. Only Sam Snead has won more times at a single event, winning eight times in Greensboro, North Carolina. Woods has also won the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and Buick Invitational six times each.

In 2006, Woods cruised to an eight-stroke win. Woods opened with a course- record 63 at The Grove in England and finished with rounds of 64-67-67 to win in wire-to-wire fashion. He set a new tournament record of 261, breaking his own mark of 263 set in 2002. He also established new 36-hole and 54-hole records, once again breaking his own marks from 2002.

In 2005, in one of the most interesting and highly anticipated playoffs, Woods came out on top, but it was because of a miscue from John Daly. The second hole of the playoff was the 16th at Harding Park in San Francisco, a hole Daly drove in the second round. Woods was in the left first cut at 16, while Daly's drive came to rest right of the fairway in the trees. Woods hit his second onto the fringe 25 feet short of the flag, while Daly, who had a clear path to the green, stopped his 20 feet right of the hole. Woods played first and came up one roll short with his birdie putt. He tapped in for par and Daly missed his on the left side. Daly had three feet for par and the ball lipped out, handing Woods the victory.

Woods has captured 15 World Golf Championship events in 28 starts. His total earnings for these events is over $20 million. His worst showing was in the 2002 Match Play Championship when he finished tied for 33rd after losing in the first round.

This is the third straight year that the event will be held at Doral Golf Resort and Spa. In 2006, the event was held at The Grove in Hertfordshire, England. In 2005, the event was held at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Mount Juliet Estate in Ireland held the event two times (2002, 2004). The first two years of the CA Championship were held in Spain at Valderrama, while the 2003 event was staged at Capital City Club's Crabapple Course in Woodstock, Georgia. The 2001 event was to be played at storied Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri, but was cancelled due to the tragedies of 9/11.

CA became the new title sponsor for the event previously known as the American Express Championship in 2007. The Doral event transitioned into a World Golf Championships event for 2007.

The four-day, 72-hole event features no cut with a projected field of 80. Last year, 77 players competed in the tournament. The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the first in the series, was held at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona. Ogilvy captured that title, defeating Paul Casey in the championship match. The final World Golf Championships event of 2009, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will be held August 6-9 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, where Vijay Singh won the event in 2008.

The PGA Tour remains in Florida next week for the Transitions Championship, where Sean O'Hair captured his second PGA Tour title last year. The European Tour travels to Portugal next week for the Madeira Islands Open BPI, where Alistair Forsyth won last year.

03/10 13:33:20 ET

As of March 10, 2009, at 01:33 PM ET

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