US World Golf Championship tees off at the TPC Blue Monster Golf Course at Doral in Florida this week, and seven Aussies are in the field.
The WGC golf events are now second only to the majors in terms of importance. Each event brings with it the very best golfers on the planet, and for the first time in a long time, the top-50 golfers will all be at the Blue Monster in Florida for the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Seven Australians are in the field for the event.
Jason Day is back after a few weeks off to not only try and win, but get a few tournaments under his belt before the US Masters. Adam Scott has only played one event this year, the WGC Accenture Matchplay. One would expect his tournament form to be a little rusty, but he does like these events and finished in a tie for sixth last year, five shots behind winner Nick Watney.
Geoff Ogilvy is a previous winner of this event. He won here in 2008 but has had a rough time of it since then, failing to finish inside the top-40 in his past three events. Aaron Baddeley hasn’t fared that much better since a good finish in 2007. His form has been patchy this year and it’s hard to predict what Badds is going to do next.
Australia’s golden boy at the moment is John Senden. He was the pick of the Aussies at not just the Accenture Matchplay event but nearly every other event he’s played over the past six months. He must have confidence arriving at Doral. His only other appearance at Doral was in 2010, where he finished in a tie for 11th place.
If you’re looking for form, consider Greg Chalmers. He finished 12th last week at the Honda Classic despite a few bogey’s on he card each day. He hasn’t played this event before, but that shouldn’t worry Chalmers who can get up-and-down from anywhere.
Marcus Fraser is one of the more unlikely starters at the event. He and Chalmers qualified thanks to their top-2 places in the 2011 Australasian Order of Merit. Fraser did play this event last year though. A nasty second round 78 all but ruined his chances of a good finish. He finished top-5 at the Avantha Masters a few weeks ago so don’t rule him out completely.