The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral will test some of the best golfers in the world this weekend at the World Golf Championships Cadillac Open in Miami (Doral), Florida. The course is one of the longest on the tour, and its 7,500-yard track isn’t the only thing that will test the golfers. The trees and bunkers will cause trouble for any golfer who hits a lackluster shot off the tee.
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This is a star-studded field, and the world’s best will challenge the Blue Monster head-on. Rory McIlroy, the world’s number one golfer, will hit the links again, and he’ll obviously be considered a favorite to take the tournament. McIlroy will look to right the ship after he missed the cut at the Honda Classic. However, McIlroy has had some strong performances this season in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Good ‘ol Phil Mickelson will be taking the course in Miami. The fan-favorite will have to drive the ball extremely well if he hopes to take the tournament. Fans will also be very interested to see the performance of Patrick Reed. Reed is the defending champion at the Cadillac Classic, and had a very strong performance at the Honda Classic. Reed could definitely be one to watch this weekend in Miami, as he hopes to avenge his late-tournament gaff at the Honda Classic.
This course plays right into Dustin Johnson’s hands. The extremely long track plays well for big hitters. Dustin Johnson leads the PGA in average yards per drive off the tee, averaging 313.7 yards per drive. Johnson has been playing excellent golf in 2014, finishing fourth at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and second in the Northern Trust Open.
You can never count out a player of Jason Day’s caliber. He has three top-five finishes so far this season. He’s also hit the most greens in regulation out of any player on tour so far this season. Especially at a course like the Blue Monster, this will be extremely important as Day hopes to avoid the bunkers.
Regardless of who wins, the top names in golf are starting to come out and prepare for the Masters. This tournament could serve as a springboard for future positive play, and will obviously come with a huge purse for the winner, over $9 million.