Although it was amazing that only three players finished The Cadillac Championship with red numbers on Sunday afternoon at The Trump International Doral golf course, but big name golfers with double-digit endings was equally amazing. Twenty-five players finished at 10 over par or worse on the new Gil Hanse design. This wasn’t a US Open, but if you look at the leaderboard, it had some similarities.
In fact, no less than five of the players who got into double-digit scores were former major champions. 2012 US Open Champ Webb Simpson was at 10 over par along with last week’s Honda Classic Champ, Russell Henley.
2011 PGA Champ Keegan Bradley finished at 11 over while four-time major Champion, Ernie Els carded a 12 over score. 2012 PGA Champ, Martin Kaymer came in at 15 over par, and 2003 US Open Champion, Jim Furyk carded a whopping 18 over par. If that isn’t a testament to a tough layout, noting is.
A couple of years maturity on the greens at Doral will soften the course some, but owner, Donald Trump is already talking about bringing more water into play around the course. I think a few of the greens were just totally unfair, and some of the players such as Justin Rose’s shot into the ninth green on Saturday that trickled into the water was something they need to fix.
When a player hits a good shot to a center of a green with stop and hop action, it should never trickle into the water like that. Justin should have been rewarded with a birdie putt instead of having to scramble for a bogey. Rose finished at six over par, and finished T 34 for the tournament.
Some big numbers that made scorecards around the field on Sunday included a 78 from Tiger Woods on a day after he played himself back on the leaderboard, and the world’s number one player can attribute his problems on Sunday to his back, as well as the tough layout. Tiger spent a lot of the day wincing in pain after taking shots from around the course. This is the second week in a row that a Sunday backache has derailed a good finish.
74 to 78 was a popular finish on Sunday, and was had by many of the world’s best players. After two weeks on the Florida Swing, players have been subjected to US Open set ups, and I’m guessing, they are looking forward to Tampa, Innsbrook, and the Snake Pit. It can’t get much worse as they ramp up to the Masters. Can it?
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