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PGA, European - WGC-Cadillac Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 10th through Sunday, March 13th
SITE: TPC Blue Monster at Doral, 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: 7,334
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 529 Yds10 - Par 5 551 Yds
2 - Par 4 418 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 4 454 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 3,640 Yds36 3,694 Yds
 
Annual:  12th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30 pm-12:30 am (et) - replay,
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 2-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Ernie Els
Runner-Up:  Charl Schwartzel
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 - $1,400,000; 2nd Place - $820,000; 3rd Place - $470,000
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Ernie Els270Paul Casey278
Charl Schwartzel274Bill Haas278
Martin Kaymer277Graeme McDowell278
Matt Kuchar277Alistair Presnell278
Padraig Harrington277Alvaro Quiros278
 
Past WGC-Cadillac Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010Ernie Els (270) -- Charl Schwartzel
(TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida)
2009Phil Mickelson (269) -- Nick Watney
(TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida)
2008Geoff Ogilvy (271) -- Jim Furyk, Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh
(TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida)
2007Tiger Woods (278) -- Brett Wetterich
(TPC Blue Monster at Doral, 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);
WGC-CA Championship (2007-10).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player200220032004200520062007200820092010
Ernie ElsT-23T-12Won---5thT-1175thT-20Won
Charl Schwartzel---------T-18T-41T-35------2nd
Padraig Harrington21stT-6T-667thT-17T-19---T-20T-3
Martin Kaymer------------------T-57T-35T-3
Matt Kuchar------------------------T-3
Alvaro Quiros---------------------T-13T-6
Paul Casey---T-8T-21---T-56T-9T-51T-31T-6
Graeme McDowell------T-43T-6------T-48T-66T-6
Bill Haas------------------------T-6
Robert AllenbyT-31T-21T-54---T-26T-3T-20T-28T-11
Vijay Singh3rdT-2---T-6T-56T-11T-2T-53T-11
Phil MickelsonT-23T-38---T-29---T-23T-20WonT-14
Francesco Molinari------------------------T-14
Camilo Villegas------------------T-26T-5T-16
Steve Stricker---------------T-35T-6T-13T-16
Anthony Kim---------------------58thT-22
Nick Watney---------------------2ndT-26
Luke Donald------T-11T-11T-6T-26T-20T-20T-26
Hunter Mahan------------------T-44T-53T-30
Lee Westwood---T-35T-13T-51T-32---T-34T-61T-30
Y.E. Yang---------------T-65---74thT-30
Jim FurykT-33T-12T-36T-154thT-35T-23rdT-37
Ian Poulter---T-44---T-18T-2T-16T-57T-13T-37
Zach Johnson------10thT-43T-45T-9T-9T-53T-37
Geoff Ogilvy---------------T-3WonT-40T-45
Adam ScottT-39T-40T-36T-29T-2T-61T-9T-66T-50
Dustin Johnson---------------------T-35T-56
Retief Goosen2ndT-8T-6---T-45T-58T-2T-66T-56
Robert Karlsson------------21stT-11T-30T-3162nd
Rory McIlroy---------------------T-20T-65
Tiger WoodsWonWon9thWonWonWon5thT-9---
Rory Sabbatini------T-21---T-41T-35T-70T-53---
Bubba Watson---------------------72nd---
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Y.E. Yang
Darkhorse - Ryan Moore
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Ben Crane) - Not in final field
Last Week's Darkhorse (Jimmy Walker) - Finished tied for 43rd
 
NOTES:
A stellar field is on hand this week for the second installment of the World Golf Championships events, the Cadillac Championship. The top-53 players in the world are competing this week for the $1.4 million first prize. Martin Kaymer will be playing in his first tournament as the No. 1 player in the world.

This event features players in the top-50 from the Official World Golf Rankings, any remaining top-30 players from the 2010 FedExCup Points List, any remaining top-20 players from the 2010 European Tour Order of Merit, and any remaining top-two players from the 2010 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 Race to Dubai standings.

Last year, Ernie Els fired a bogey-free, six-under 66 in the final round to beat fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. Els, who earned his second WGC title, completed the event at 18-under-par 270. The win for Els was his 17th on the PGA Tour and 25th on the European Tour. Schwartzel had a share of the lead several times during the final round, but two late bogeys cost him his first PGA Tour win. He closed with a two-under 70 at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral to take second at minus-14.

In 2009, Phil Mickelson overcame dehydration and exhaustion in the final round to earn his first World Golf Championships title. Mickelson edged out his fellow overnight co-leader Nick Watney thanks to a three-under 69. It was enough for Mickelson to get the victory at 19-under 269 and defeat Watney by a single stroke. The win was well-earned by Mickelson, who was treated with IVs in a medical facility Saturday night. Mickelson held at least a share of the lead after every round. He carded rounds of 65-66-69-69. Mickelson matched the best putting performance of his career with 99 putts over four rounds. He also had 99 putts at the 1998 MCI Classic at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Geoff Ogilvy opened with a first-round 65 in 2008 and held at least a share of the lead after every round as he captured this event. 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 for his only bogey of the tournament. He had gone 60 holes to that point without recording a bogey.

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

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. Woods has captured 16 World Golf Championship events in 34 starts. His total earnings for these events is over $22 million.

This is the fifth straight year that the event will be held at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. 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 tournament 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 canceled due to the tragedies of 9/11.

The TPC Blue Monster at Doral, which has played host to PGA TOUR tournaments since 1962, became part of the TPC Network in November 2009. The course's 18th hole is traditionally one of the most-difficult finishing holes in golf. In 2008, the 18th played as the most-difficult hole on the PGA TOUR. In 2009, it ranked No. 2, with an average score of almost a half-stroke over par.

Cadillac became the new title sponsor for the event this year. The tournament was previously known as the American Express Championship and CA Championship. 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 69. Last year, 68 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. Luke Donald captured that title, defeating Kaymer in the championship match. The third World Golf Championships event of 2011, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, will be held August 4-7 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, where Hunter Mahan won the event in 2010.

The PGA Tour remains in Florida next week, moving to the west coast for the Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, where Jim Furyk captured his first PGA Tour event since 2007 last year. The European Tour travels to Italy next week for the inaugural Sicilian Open.

03/08 14:46:01 ET

As of March 8, 2011, at 02:46 PM ET