Donald Trump and course designer Gil Hanse wanted to add some difficulty to the aging Trump International Blue Monster at Doral Golf Course for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and I think they got what they wanted. I’m not sure the field of professional golfers like it, but they are going to have to live with it if they want a share of the $9 Million Dollar purse, and 550 FedEx Cup points that are up for grabs.
I don’t know about you, but when you get 50 of the best players in the world at one tournament, I think they need a degree of difficulty. They need to bring their A Games to an event like this if they want a trophy on Sunday Afternoon.
Players who finished their first round on Thursday before it got too dark to play, had a decided advantage. The South Florida wind came up over night and at 18 miles per hour, gusting 30 at times has made the new design almost unplayable. Scores through the afternoon have taken a real hit.
The greens are firm but true, and players are having a large degree of difficulty holding their approach shots on the putting surface. The customary hop and stop is not on the agenda this weekend. I’m sure that will change when the greens mature a bit, but this weekend they will not hold.
At this writing, with most of the field finishing up their second rounds, there are only seven players at, or under par. Sound like a US Open to you? Does for me!
Three of those players are actually under par, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, and Patrick Reed. That’s it folks. The top guns, ie…your number one, two and three players are struggling. Tiger Woods made a 91 foot put, and is five over par along with 2013 Masters Champ Adam Scott. Henrick Stenson is at seven over par.
Sergio Garcia made a nine….yeah, he was four over on the par five 10th hole, and has it to a six over par total. It’s been a heck-of-a-day for the entire field.
We know that Dustin Johnson has the length to play these windy condition. He won the Hurricane Bowl last year in Maui at the wind delayed Hyundai Championship. Hunter Mahan is a scrappy player with some pedigree that can play these conditions, but the surprise is Patrick Reed.
Reed was one of the lucky ones who finished round one on Thursday, and avoided the wind early this morning while the rest of the field was finishing their first rounds. He has played well today however, and has a chance to get in the clubhouse under par for his round today. He is playing 18 as we speak, and started on the front where he was one over.
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