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PGA, European - WGC-Cadillac Championship Preview
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DATES: Thursday, March 7th through Sunday, March 10th
SITE: TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Miami, 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:  14th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 12-2 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday -- 2-6 p.m. (et),
  Golf Channel - Sunday -- 1-3 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Sunday -- 3-7 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Justin Rose
Runner-Up:  Bubba Watson
Tournament Record:  261 (Tiger Woods, 2006)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Tiger Woods, 2006)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Tiger Woods, 2006)
Course Record:  61 (Stephen Ames, 2000 - Doral-Ryder Open)
Total Purse:  $8,750,000
Shares:  1st Place - $1,575,000; 2nd Place - $869,853; 3rd Place - $531,176
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Justin Rose272Luke Donald276
Bubba Watson273John Senden276
Rory McIlroy274Four players at277
Peter Hanson275
Charl Schwartzel275
 
Past WGC-Cadillac Championship Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012(Justin Rose (272) -- Bubba Watson
(TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida)
2011Nick Watney (272) -- Dustin Johnson
(TPC Blue Monster at Doral, Doral, Florida)
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
Player2003200420052006200720082009201020112012
Justin RoseT-28------------T-15T-20---T-42Won
Bubba Watson------------------72nd------2nd
Rory McIlroy------------------T-20T-65T-103rd
Charl Schwartzel------T-18T-41T-35------2ndT-24T-4
Luke Donald---T-11T-11T-6T-26T-20T-20T-26T-6T-6
Matt Kuchar---------------------T-35thT-8
Steve Stricker------------T-35T-6T-13T-16T-18T-8
Keegan Bradley---------------------------T-8
Francesco Molinari---------------------T-14T-3T-13
Adam ScottT-40T-36T-29T-2T-61T-9T-66T-50T-6T-13
Graeme McDowell---T-43T-6------T-48T-66T-6T-42T-13
Nick Watney------------------2ndT-26WonT-17
Zach Johnson---10thT-43T-45T-9T-9T-53T-37T-24T-17
Martin Kaymer---------------T-57T-35T-3T-24T-20
Jason Day------------------------T-45T-20
Hunter Mahan---------------T-44T-53T-309thT-24
Lee WestwoodT-35T-13T-51T-32---T-34T-61T-30T-18T-29
Bill Haas---------------------T-6T-31T-29
Dustin Johnson------------------T-35T-562ndT-35
Webb Simpson---------------------------T-35
Phil MickelsonT-38---T-29---T-23T-20WonT-14T-55T-43
Geoff Ogilvy------------T-3WonT-40T-45T-49T-55
Louis Oosthuizen---------T-32T-50T-68T-20---T-18T-60
Ian PoulterT-44---T-18T-2T-16T-57T-13T-37T-45T-60
Tiger WoodsWon9thWonWonWon5thT-9---T-10wd
Ernie ElsT-12Won---5thT-1175thT-20WonT-15---
Michael Thompson------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Steve Stricker
Darkhorse - Jason Day
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - PGA Tour (Justin Rose) - Finished tied for 4th
Last Week's Darkhorse - PGA Tour (Ted Potter, Jr.) - Missed the cut
 
Last Week's Pick to Win - European Tour (Jaco Van Zyl) - Withdrew after 1st Rd
Last Week's Darkhorse - European Tour (Garth Mulroy) - Finished tied for 16th
 
NOTES:
A stellar field is on hand this week for the second installment of the World Golf Championships events, the Cadillac Championship. Forty-seven of the top 48 players in the world are competing for the $1.575 million first prize. World No. 4 Brandt Snedeker is not playing due to a rib injury. The purse increased $250,000 from last year to $8.75 million.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is in the field this week after withdrawing from the Honda Classic last week due to a sore wisdom tooth. McIlroy has struggled this year after a remarkable 2012 season. He has played in three events this year, in which he has one missed cut, a withdraw, and a first-round loss in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

World No. 2 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 and Farmers Insurance Open seven times each.

This event features players in the top-50 from the Official World Golf Rankings, any remaining top-30 players from the 2012 FedExCup Points List, any remaining top-20 players from the 2012 European Tour Order of Merit, and any remaining top-2 players from the 2012 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.

This is the seventh straight year that the event will be held at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. In 2006, the tournament 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 hosted 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 tournament 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.

Cadillac became the new title sponsor in 2011. The tournament was previously known as the American Express Championship and CA Championship. The Doral tournament transitioned into a World Golf Championships event for 2007.

The 4-day, 72-hole event features no cut with a field of 65. Last year, 74 players competed in the tournament. The WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, the first in the series, was held at the Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Arizona. Matt Kuchar captured that title, defeating Hunter Mahan in the championship match. The third World Golf Championships event of 2013, the WGC- Bridgestone Invitational, will be held August 1-4 at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio, where Keegan Bradley won in 2012.

Last year, Justin Rose came from behind on a wild Sunday at Doral to win. He posted rounds of 69-64-69-70 to finish at 16-under 272. That was good for a 1- shot victory over third-round leader Bubba Watson, who made things interesting on the famed 18th in the final round. After Rose bogeyed the 18th in the group ahead to sign for a 1-shot lead, Watson drove into the right rough. He pulled off an amazing approach by a tree that stopped nine feet from the hole. Watson needed to hole the putt to force a playoff and had to endure a long wait as Keegan Bradley butchered the 18th. Watson's putt never touched the hole and Rose earned his fourth PGA Tour title and fifth on the European Tour.

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 3-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 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

In 2006, Woods cruised to an 8-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 and his total earnings for these tournaments are over $22 million.

The PGA Tour remains in Florida next week, moving to the west coast side of the state for the Tampa Bay Championship in Palm Harbor, where Luke Donald captured the title last year. The European Tour travels to India for the Avantha Masters, where Jbe Kruger won the 2012 event.

03/05 13:10:10 ET

As of March 5, 2013, at 01:10 PM ET

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