Tag Archives: TPC Blue Monster

Mar
9
2012

It's all about the pink, baby.

Bubba Watson battled (if you can even call it that) the TPC Blue Monster and brought it to its knees in the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Watson, who teed off No. 10, fired off five birdies on his first nine for a five-under 31, and backed it up with another five-under 31 on the front side, including an eagle on the par-5 8th, to post a 10-under 62, matching his career low score on Tour.

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Mar
13
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Nick Watney doesn’t have the best memories of the 18th hole at TPC Blue Monster. Just yesterday, he knocked a poor drive into the drink, spoiling a fantastic round with a double-bogey. Two years ago Watney needed to chip-in to force a playoff with Phil Mickelson and left it one roll short. On Sunday afternoon he got his redemption — bombing a drive down the middle, hitting his approach to 13 feet and pouring the putt in the center cup to throw a dagger in the hopes of Dustin Johnson, who was watching from the 18th fairway. Watney also secured the WGC-Cadillac Championship title.

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Mar
13
2011

Tiger Woods walked off TPC Blue Monster and out of the scoring tent in good spirits. He even wore a nice, big smile. Finishing his round while the leaders had yet to make the turn, Tiger finished strong with a six-under 66 in tough conditions on Sunday (though it wasn’t exactly a high-pressure situation) and crept in to place T10 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship — his first top-ten since the WGC-HSBC Champions last November in Shanghai where he finished T6 (unless you count exhibition events like the Chevron Challenge).

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Mar
12
2011

Dustin Johnson started the year with a few bumps along the road. After his fling with Natalie Gulbis went public at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, he withdrew from the Sony Open “to take care of some things at home.” Then at Riviera, DJ, who admittedly doesn’t check his own starting times, almost faced disqualification and incurred a two-shot penalty when he was late to the first tee.

Things have since settled down for DJ — he moved to a new home in Jupiter, FL. He’s back together with college girlfriend Amanda Caulder, who is with him this week at Doral. And he found his putting stroke, which had been the source of problems early in the season. With ideal scoring conditions on Saturday afternoon, Johnson fired a seven-under 65 at TPC Blue Monster to seize a two-stroke lead going into the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

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Mar
12
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Rory McIlroy didn’t have his best game on Saturday, but grinded out six birdies, including the last two, and three bogeys to post a 69 at Doral’s TPC Blue Monster. He’ll start the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship just three shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, who fired an impressive seven-under 65.

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Mar
12
2011
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Rickie Fowler in action during the second round

Some maths wiz (ie. person with time and a calculator) has crunched the numbers and come up with an interesting breakdown of the age profile of this week’s field. Apparently, with an average age of 31.86 years, this is the youngest field in Doral tournament history! At least, I think it’s Doral tournament history, not WGC Cadillac Championship history, as that would be a largely worthless stat.

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Mar
12
2011
By Conor Nagle under European PGA Tour

Kaymer: Playing like Number One

Since a couple of late bogeys from Hunter Mahan helped turn a comfortable four-shot lead into a narrow one-shot advantage, all eyes have turned to a chasing pack headed by none other than current World Number One Martin Kaymer. Strangely, given the German’s stature in world golf, he’s made it to the thirty-six hole mark largely under the radar, abandoned by a local media more interested in the travails of one Tiger Woods and, to a lesser extent, Mahan. 

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Mar
11
2011

No, that's not a Champions Tour player

When I saw Adam Scott using a long chest putter on the practice green at Doral on Thursday morning, I almost fell over. Then I made a double-take. I mean, I wasn’t aware there were any Champions Tour players in the field. I’ve seen plenty of young guys with belly putters, but never a chest one.

The change seems to be working well for the 30-year-old Australian, who broke it out for the first time at the Match Play Championship several weeks ago.

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Mar
11
2011
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

You think Tiger wasn't happy with that shot?

As if one terrible drive wasn’t enough. First, Tiger hit a 122-yard duck hook on the second hole at the TPC Blue Monster during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. On the 14th, he popped up a 3-wood to 188 yards, according to ShotLink — good news is that it ended up in the fairway and Tiger managed to get up-and-down for par. Surprisingly, his ballstriking wasn’t the primary culprit for the lackluster round.

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Mar
11
2011

During the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the gallery on the second hole at Doral became eerily quiet for a moment as they tried to process what they had just witnessed — Tiger Woods, attempting to knock the ball down below the wind, fatted his drive 122 yards — and then murmurs were heard from fans, saying, “I’ve never seen a pro hit such a poor shot.”

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