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