Tournament: World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship
Date: March 6-9, 2014
Course: Doral Country Club (Trump National), Miami FL
TV: Golf Channel Thurs.-Sun.
by Tim, PGA Golf Handicapper, Predictem.com
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Update: Despite back spasms, Tiger Woods is expected to compete in the tournament.
Well, just a quick trip down I-95 and the Tour Boyz will let it fly at the Cadillac ChampionWorld Golf thingytournament for Professional Golfers! Doralthe Blue Monsteruntil quaffed egoist and part-time entertainer Donald Trump parked his vision of personal grandeur (Resort) inside the once elegant confines of Miamis picturesque backdrop! Yep, Old Donald outdid himself by chopping up the course and redoing the facilities in Marie Antoinette style. The Tour Boyz come in from the Honda Classic in Palm Beach with a Soap Opera of stories guaranteed to titillate and tickle everyones fancy. Slap-stick comedy was flying around Palm Beach as the cream of the Tour Boyz crop slammed home one of the most wacky, goofy, and suspenseful finishes sincewellTiger got long-ironed a few years back! Lets take a look inside the ropes and get a feel for this years contenders at the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship (which is it? Only the Sponsors know) played at Doral!
Tiger pulled out early, Rory couldnt stick it in, and Russell Henley ended up with the happy ending while the rest of us enjoyed a great climax last weekend at the Honda! Tiger is Number 1 in the World and showed Rory how a Number 1 (who is 5 Over on his round) quits like a Pro. Tiger took quitting to the next level by offering up another un-diagnosable ailment (backache) showing the Northern Ireland toothache upstart How the Pros do it. Always the competitor, Rory showed Tiger a thing or two about quitting while still playing shooting 74 and tanking a 2-shot lead suggesting McIlroy had one Danish too many before teeing it up Sunday (see: Caroline Wozniacki). Question: Didnt Tiger win the US Open in 2008 with a broken leg and torn ACL? Hmmmmaybe it was the 5 Over that did him in?? Jus sayin. By far the greatest moment for viewers had to be Rorys completely out of character Cmon, Lets Go! show of orchestrated emotion after Rory hit his approach tight at Number 18. It was almost like McIlroys Handlers pulled Big Mac aside and chirped in Rorys ear, Dude, youre going to be on ESPNs 30 for 30 someday and we need some commercial footage of somethingyou gotta give us somethinganger, determination, grityou know, some real PASSION! Right now, most put your name with the image of guy bouncing down the fairway like a loose ball in an NFL game. Give us some passion Rory! Its a Win-Win, At the end of the day, Not drinking the Kool-Aid, Spot on, perfect ROI, and Next Gen synergy thing to doWe need to put a face to the name, Rory Baby, its a perfect storm opportunity! We arent asking for you to strip; just show us a little cleavage once in awhile. I laughed so hard I am almost coughed up 2 pounds of BW 3s Wing Dingers all over my rented furniture! To make matters even better, when McIlroy chopped it up and lost in a Playoff, I sat down for the first time and contemplated the color yellow, called an ex-girlfriend and said I was sorry calling her Fat, and vowed never to get pissy at WalMart because I have to walk the length equivalent to an International Airports main runway just to grab some milk (I save 2 cents at WalMart; this I give to you! HA!). Oh it was a glorious ending! Lets see what the Trump-a-dump-dump has in store for us this week!
Gil Hanse brought his dozers, chainsaws, and posthole diggers to Trumps brand new Gotham City South. Trump has snatched yet another opportunity to corner the golf market—-ala Palmer/Eastwood with Pebble Beach—-in Trumps effort to remain relevant. Doral is a spectacular course but, like most courses built before Callaway Golf changed the game, Doral The Blue Monster morphed into an itsy bitsy translucent squid beneath golf balls and clubs capable of non-human performance and priced accordingly! I offer this: A NEW Pro Golf Tour should erupt where only Real Woods (made of persimmon), Real Fairway Woods, and only fully forged irons are allowed to be played; along with a Titleist-type 384 pure Balata ball. Golf is not at all like the game it was intended to be. When McIlroy can hit a 370 yard drive—or average 320-ish off the tee—then the game has gone backwardsin my humble opinion. Anyway, enough of my gibberish about The State of the GameI pretty much quit playing golf when Green Fees for Munis went to $60 per on a weekday! Also, the creeps have virtually taken over golf. Check out The Golf Channel sometimestinkin Brandel Chamblee believes hes always on the cusp of delivering a State of the Union Address or remit to me The resolution of my beloved to his/her final resting place(Funeral Director), Charlie Rymer who always seems to be closing me on a lightly driven Chrysler Lebaron /Selling me a watch on Saturday night in an alley off Canal Street NYC, Dude! Take it to the bank. My wife needs this operationthis Rolex could be yours for 40 bones, G! Okay, how about 35?, or peeing down my back and telling me its raining! AND lets not get started on Jimmy Roberts; Holy Lord! Shoot, if it wasn’t for Erik Kuselias poppin Holly Sonders after the lights went out (Kuselias gone to NBC shortly after), Id have to agree there exists a concentrated effort to make Baptists or Mormons out of all of usand, The Man Exists. Pick a Winner
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Russell Henley brought it home last week and is playing at Doral. Great pick because Henley is a Grinder. As I gaze down the list of entrants for the Cadillac, World Golf deal, There he is! My Boy Jordan Spieth is playing this week! Poulter looks like hes trying to get his Masters Game Face onno chance here. Leader of the FedEx Cup end of the year ho-down Jimmy Walker is entered and, like I suggested, The Greatness Stage is too big for Mr. Jimbo Walker! Walker will be an also-ran for much of the 2014 season—too much heat! Justin Rose is entered and he is a true Competitor but hes hurt (shoulder) and that could flare up anytime (ask Tiger!). Rory McIlroy is also entered but doubtful he will contendhe probably feels like a kid in 6th grade that gets jacked-up for cheating on his spelling test. Of the remaining entrants, we have former WBC World Heavyweight Title Holder George Coetzee, Cant Catch a Butterfly Twice Ernie Els, short map-long hole Zach Johnson, Always a brides maid, never a bride Lee Westwood, Just cant stop believing Steve Strickerall with No-Shot. Heres the breakdown: Its Ryan Moore for the lead and Sergio tucked in at the first rail. Settling into the middle of the pack is Henley, Billy Horschel, Miguel Jimenez, and Hunter Mahan. Midway through the backstretch it is still Ryan Moore by two, early morning favorite Tiger Woods is fading fast, while Dufner, English and Keegan Bradley trade jabs at the back of the pack. At the top of the final turn its Ryan Moore maintaining the lead by 3, Dufner and English gaining ground inside, and on the outside it is Jordan Spieth with a huge move 3-wide. Coming out of the final turn its Jason Dufner for the lead, followed quickly by Bradley, Jimenez looks poised for a big move but becomes distracted (should have worn blinkers), And Down the Stretch They Come! Dufner has the lead by a head followed inside by Bradley, Ryan Moore, Matt Kuchar, and Peter Uihlein! On the move outside is Jordan Spieth challenging for the lead while it looks like Tiger Woods has thrown a shoe?! At the wire it appears Spieth, Moore, Jason Day, Bradley, and Mahan are all in a photo finish! Hold all tickets please
Short Favorite: Jordan Spieth (22 Odds to 1 to Win)
A BEAST! Pure and simply put; knows how to win, wants to win, and will win a lot more on tour.
Middle of the Road: Hunter Mahan (40 Odds to 1 to Win)
Mahan is a Great Player with a steady head—hard to find in a Player. Mahan, most of the time, spends his Sundays in the Top 10 eating lots of chedda!.
Longshot: Ryan Moore (66 Odds to 1 to Win)
Moore has a horrible fashion sense but hes a very good ball-striker and Player. Moore doesnt make mistakes and the only reason he hasnt won yet is because of the flat-stickI say he makes putts this weekeven if he sorta looks like a Sandinista Rebel on shore leave.
Head to Head Matches *Picks to win based on final score after all four rounds. Check out your favorite online betting site for single round matches and a variety of prop bets.
Tiger Woods vs. Anyone (our pick to win: Anyone)
I watched Tiger on the range for his entire warm-up and his game is not right. Hes fisting the ball at impact (getting tied up and punching thru), he has no rythmn, his direction is horrid, and hes snatching the club from the top. Can ya fix that in a weekI mean, will his back get better? I say No way, Tiger is a bad Player right now and yes, he may throw a few 70-69s in there every now and again. But his golf swing is absolutely a shadow of what he once hadironically; so is his life.
Rory McIlroy vs. Adam Scott (our pick to win: Rory McIlroy)
Frankly, both of these Players bring rain to my rooftop. This matchup of Pretenders (unlike Nicklaus, Tiger when he was younger, Palmer, Trevino) is Julia Roberts (Adam Scott) vs Leif Garrett. Both are being sold as Superstars and I wouldnt want either in my foursome. Scott is a steady top 25 but not much better; Period! Rory is searching for who he isas soon as he finds out; he may quit golf altogether. Of the two, Ill take McIlroy because of his 1st,2nd, and 3rd round scoresbut no way to winhis head is messed up.