WGC-Cadillac Championship Tournament Notes - 2014

imageDates: March 5-9, 2014
Where: The Blue Monster at Trump National Doral; Doral, Fla.
Par/Yards: 36-36–72/7,481
Field: Currently 67 players with potential to grow following the week’s event. All 67 who have qualified are committed to
· Top 50 from the Official World Golf Ranking as of February 24 and again on March 3
· Top 30 from the final 2013 PGA TOUR FedExCup standings
· Top 10 from the 2013-2014 PGA TOUR FedExCup standings as of March 3
· Top 20 from the final 2013 European Tour Race to Dubai
· Top 10 from the 2014 European Tour Race to Dubai standings as of February 24
· Top two players from:
o 2013 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit
o 2013 Australasian Tour Order of Merit
o 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Format: 72 holes, stroke-play competition,
Defending Champion: Tiger Woods (USA)
Purse: $9,000,000; Winner’s Share: $1.53 million
Twitter: @CadillacChamp
Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/CadillacChampionship

How the Cadillac Championship was won by Tiger Woods in 2013

  • At 19-under 269, Tiger Woods (71) finished two strokes clear of Steve Stricker to win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
  • The victory was his 76th career PGA TOUR win at the time and his seventh career victory at the Cadillac Championship.
  • Woods finished with 27 birdies this week, just one shy of a career-high 28 at the 2007 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola and 2006 Buick Open.
  • Woods’ final round at a glance: fairways hit in regulation (8/14), greens hit in regulation (10/18), putts (26). For the week: fairways hit in regulation (30/56), greens hit in regulation (50/72), putts (100).More on Tiger Woods
  • The World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship represents the fourth PGA TOUR event Woods has won at least seven times. The others are the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational (8), Arnold Palmer Invitational (8) and Farmers Insurance Open (7).
  • Woods has won four times at the Blue Monster at Trump National Doral: 2007 & 2013 Cadillac Championship, 2005 & 2006 Ford Championship at Doral.
  • Woods has 18 victories in the World Golf Championships series in 42 career starts:
    • Cadillac Championship – 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013
    • Bridgestone Invitational – 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013
    • Accenture Match Play Championship – -2003, 2004, 2008
    • Woods has seven victories (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2013) in 13 career starts at the Cadillac
  • Woods currently has 79 career PGA TOUR victories, three shy of Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82.

    A new Blue Monster and Trump National Doral

  • With Donald J. Trump and renowned architect Gil Hanse at the helm, the historic Blue Monster Course has undergone a complete redesign.
  • The 7,481-yard course features a series of strategically placed bunkers, long fairways, undulating greens, deep Bermuda rough and a unique assortment of water hazards. Fairways and new mounds for spectator viewing were built.
  • Tee boxes and greens were also moved to improve the fan experience. Most noticeable changes include;
    • The lengthening of the 1st hole – 2013 scorecard yardage – 529 vs. 2014 yardage – 572. There is also water in
      play to the right of the first green.
    • The par 3, 9th hole has a number of new tee boxes including a back tee that can have it play as long as 200 yards. The green itself has moved closer to the 18th green which has created a new amphitheater of grandstands surrounding both the 18th and 9th greens.
    • The 10th tee has moved significantly to players’ left as part of the expansion of the new driving range. This makes
      for a much different tee shot to carry over water on the 10th tee. Additionally, the 10th green was moved back to lengthen the hole to 614 yards.
    • Some of the most exciting changes have happened on the finishing stretch. The par 3, 15th green for instance was a mostly non-descript 175-yard par 3. It is now a shorter hole at 153 yards, but much more water is in play with a peninsula green as part of the design.
    • The 16th hole was also shortened from 372 yards to 341. Players have a better view of the green with a number of trees removed, but water now comes closer to the green making this a true risk-reward hole.
    • Select player notes
      Justin Rose – England

      • Winner of the 2012 Cadillac Championship, Justin Rose, played well enough in his title defense to finish T8 at last year’s
      • Rose kicked off his 2013-14 PGA TOUR season at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions and finished solo fifth.
      • This will be Rose’s fourth start of the season, after an appearance at the Northern Trust Open where he finished T45 and then a T17 finish at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championships where he beat Scott Piercy in the opening round before losing to Ernie Els in the second round.
      • Rose won the first major of his career at last year’s U.S. Open.
      • Rose withdrew from the Honda Classic to rest tendinitis in his shoulder but will return to play at Trump National Doral.
      • Rose is currently ranked No. 5 in the OWGR.
      • Rose shot in the 60s just five times in his first five times playing the Cadillac Championship but has matched that total in his last eight rounds at the event.

        Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

      • Rory McIlory has finished in the top 10 in each of the last three years at the Cadillac Championship (2011-T10, 2012-3rd,
      • These finishes include a final-round 65 at last year’s event. McIlroy looks to enter the Cadillac Championship in good form as he currently holds the lead through two rounds at the Honda Classic.
      • In 20 career World Golf Championships events, McIlroy has 12 top-10 finishes, his best a runner-up at the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship.Jason Day, Australia
      • In his 11th World Golf Championships start, Jason Day took home his first World Golf Championships win at the Accenture Match Play Championship last week. It was Day’s second PGA TOUR win of his career.
      • With his win, Day joined Geoff Ogilvy as the only Australians to win the Accenture Match Play Championship and became the youngest winner in the history of the event at 26 years, 3 months and 11 days old.
      • Making his fourth trip to the Cadillac Championship, Jason Day’s best finish at the event is T20 in 2012.
        Cadillac Championship finishes: 2013 – T33; 2012 – T20; 2011 – T33Phil Mickelson, United States
      • Phil Mickleson is one of only three Americans, along with Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan, to capture multiple World Golf Championships titles (2009 Cadillac Championship, 2009 HSBC Champions).
      • He returns to a familiar venue in the Blue Monster where he won in 2009 and finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2005 in a memorable Sunday duel.
      • With victories at the Cadillac Championship and HSBC Champions in 2009, Mickelson and Tiger Woods (1999, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007) are the only players to capture multiple World Golf Championships titles in the same season.
      • In addition to Mickelson’s victory at the 2009 Cadillac Championship, Mickelson also finished T3 in last year’s event.
      • Of Mickelson’s 42 career victories, only three have come in the state of Florida. In addition to capturing the 2009 Cadillac Championship, Mickelson also won the 1997 Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard and the 2007 PLAYERS Championship.Jimmy Walker
        Jimmy Walker
      • Just five months ago, Jimmy Walker began his eighth season on the PGA Tour with no wins in 187 attempts.
      • With three victories in his first eight starts of 2013-14 at the Frys.com Open, Sony Open in Hawaii and AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am,
      • Walker became just the fourth different player in the last 20 years to win three times in his first eight starts, joining Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and David Duval. Walker has cooled as of late, but still holds a 624-point first-place lead over Dustin Johnson in the FedExCup standings. Walker is playing in the Cadillac Championship for the first time in his career.Additional field notes
      • The top 50 players in the world are all currently committed to the Cadillac Championship. Pending changes in the field after this weekend’s play or any late withdraws, this would be the first time since the 2012 PGA Championship that all 50 of the top 50 in the world have teed it up in the same event.
      • Of the 69 players, 31 are from the United States. The next largest contingent comes from South Africa with eight players teeing it up. Australia and England each have four players. The following countries round out the field – Spain (3), Italy (2), South Korea (2), Northern Ireland (2), Sweden (2), Thailand (2), Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Scotland, Wales and Zimbabwe.
      • Defending champion Tiger Woods is one of five past champions in the field at the Cadillac Championship. Woods withdrew from the Honda Classic during the fourth round citing back pain but remains committed to play in the Cadillac Championship.
      • Past champions of the Cadillac Championship:
        • Tiger Woods (2013, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 1999)
        • Justin Rose (2012)
        • Nick Watney (2011)
        • Ernie Els (2010, 2004)
        • Phi Mickelson (2009)
      • There are 21 players making their first-career Cadillac Championship start. They are Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Jonas Blixt, Roberto Castro, Brendon de Jonge, Graham DeLaet, Victor Dubuisson, Harris English, Darren Fichardt, Scott Hend, Billy Horschel, Jin Jeong, Hyung-Sung Kim, Chris Kirk, Joost Luiten, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Brett Rumford, Jordan Spieth, Peter Uihlein, Dawie van der Walt and Jimmy Walker.
      • Castro, de Jonge and van der Walt are playing in their first-ever World Golf Championships event

        Outside the Ropes at the Cadillac Championship

      • This year’s Cadillac Championship will be transformed into a world-class Miami social event, bringing together the worlds of sports, fashion, music and entertainment. Cadillac Championship week will include a post-competition fashion show on Friday, March 7, featuring world-known designer Carolina Herrera and hosted by Ivanka Trump. The fashion show will anchor the tournament’s larger ‘Fashion Friday’ programming that will include fan contests, social media engagement and additional appearances by Ivanka Trump as well as the reigning Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler, and select cast members from Bravo’s Real Housewives series. Additionally, before and after the fashion show, fans will be entertained with music by DJ Irie of the Miami Heat.
      • On Saturday, March 8, Gym Class Heroes’ frontman and solo star Travie McCoy will headline a concert, also set to take place in the Blue Monster Village, following the completion of the tournament’s third round.
      • Performing prior to Travie McCoy will be international pop star Emin, who recently kicked off a worldwide promotional tour for his new CD, AMOR, with a live TV performance on NBC’s Today Show on February 19 from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
      • Following EMIN’s performance, Mack on the Radio from Miami’s Y100 will continue the party with energizing music that will lead up to Travie McCoy’s performance.
      • Access to both the Carolina Herrera fashion show and Travie McCoy concert is complimentary to all Friday and Saturday tournament ticket holders, respectively, with additional VIP opportunities available for purchase.
      • The TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION™ purchased Miami’s iconic Doral Golf Resort & Spa in June 2012 and will be facilitating a $250 million renovation to restore Doral to its former grandeur, and well beyond.
      • Situated on nearly 800 acres, Trump National Doral will feature eight newly redesigned villas; five championship golf courses, including the legendary Blue Monster and more.
      • The resort has been host to the PGA TOUR for over 50 years and serves as home of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
      • More information can be found at http://www.TrumpNationalDoral.com.
      • For tickets and more information on the Cadillac Championship, go to http://www.CadillacChampionship.com.

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