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Five Players to Watch: WGC-Cadillac Championship

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Remember last year at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, where “Bombers rule” was the theme?

The top five last year looked like this: Dustin Johnson, J.B. Holmes, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson. Short hitters could have taken the week off.


Well, the Tour is back at Doral this week where some edge-softening tweaks have been made to the course and where its owner is expected to make an appearance/campaign stop.

As for how the tournament plays out, expect familiar names on the leaderboard starting with:

5. Dustin Johnson: The defending champion obviously likes Doral, which fits his game nicely. It wouldn’t be a shock if he goes back-to-back.

4. Rickie Fowler: What’s the takeaway from his weekend fizzle at the Honda Classic? Let’s take the approach that it was just a blip. Expect him to bounce back quickly.

3. Adam Scott: He was runner-up at Riviera and won at PGA National so what’s not to like about Scott’s game? He’s shown us he can putt just fine with a conventional-length putter and he’s full of confidence.

2. Bubba Watson: He took a week off after the Northern Trust Open but there’s no reason to expect any drop off in his play. He could have won at Doral last year and figures to be in the mix this year.

1. Sergio García: He’s been playing well since late last year and pushed Scott at the Honda Classic last week. It’s going on four years since García last won on Tour so he’s past due. This could be his week.

 

Players in the field (19) listed in the top 20 of the OWGR:

No. 1 Jordan Spieth

No. 2 Jason Day

No. 3 Rory McIlroy

No. 4 Watson

No. 5 Fowler

No. 6 Henrik Stenson

No. 7 Justin Rose

No. 8 D. Johnson

No. 9 Scott

No. 10 Patrick Reed

No. 11 Branden Grace

No. 12 García

No. 13 Hideki Matsuyama

No. 15 Danny Willett

No. 16 Brandt Snedeker

No. 17 Zach Johnson

No. 18 Brooks Koepka

No. 19 Louis Oosthuizen

No. 20 Kevin Kisner

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