WGC Cadillac Championship Picks and Sleepers
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The first World Golf Championship event takes place this week as the best players in the World head to Doral to take on the ‘Blue Monster’. This event has a much smaller field than a usual PGA tour event, with currently 70 entries (this may change after the conclusion of the Honda Classic which finishes later today). Here are the qualification criteria for this event:
The top 50 in the World Rankings (both 1 and 2 weeks prior to the event)
The top 30 from the 2014 Fedex Cup (also top 10 from the 2015 list)
The top 20 from the Race to Dubai (also top 10 from 2015 list two weeks ago)
The top 2 from the Asian Golf Tour, the Japan Golf Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Sunshine Tour.
This obviously makes for a very strong field, but there is one notable omission. Tiger Woods would probably not have played anyway this week due to injury, but he won’t have the chance as he doesn’t fit into any of the above categories.
WGC Cadillac Picks and Sleepers
Dustin Johnson – It couldn’t have gone any better for Johnson since his 6 month layoff. Two top 5 finishes in his first four events have seen the world number 15 make it look like he had never been away. He missed the cut last week at heavily weather affected Honda Classic, but this might actually be to his advantage as he won’t have to play Monday and have more time to prepare at Doral. 4th and 12th place finishes here in the last two years show a player who enjoys the course.
Patrick Reed – This was an interesting tournament for Reed in more ways than one last year. He won the tournament and then famously stated that he was ‘a top 5 player in the world’ despite the win lifting him to 20th in the world. To be fair to the 24 year old, his ranking is still on the rise and the top 5 slot wouldn’t be a shock come the end of the year, him being 15th right now. At time of writing he is bang in contention at the Honda Classic as they head into Monday, so heads to Doral in good shape, having already won this season as well.
Jason Day – The world number four is a man showing great form this year, his four starts so far resulting in a 3rd place, 17th place, a win and a 4th place. If anyone is going to challenge Rory McIlroy for the world number one slot this year, Day could be the one. Day only played 16 events in the whole of last year due to injury, but now being fully fit he can win any tournament he enters.
Jimmy Walker – It wasn’t so long ago that Jimmy Walker would have been watching an event like this from the sidelines, much of his golfing career being as something of a journeyman on the tour. This has changed dramatically in the last two years and now he not only plays in these events, but he is expected to contend. Walker has had a great start to 2015 with a win and a runner up spot already and will head to Doral hoping to claim the biggest win of his career.
Paul Casey – As of writing, Paul Casey is not actually in the field (*edit during publication he is indeed in and is a pick!), him needing to be either in the top 50 in the world or top 10 in the Fedex Cup at the end of the Honda Classic. He will achieve both with a win at the Honda Classic and it would be impossible to leave him out of the reckoning on current form. Two weeks ago he was involved in a 3 way playoff at the Northern Open and he currently sits as joint leader at Honda Classic with just nine holes to play. If you want a player on form, then look no further.
Martin Kaymer – If it hadn’t been for the late season heroics of an Irishman named Rory, Kaymer would have been the obvious choice for player of the year in 2014. Having won the Players Championship by a stroke he went on to win the US Open by an amazing 8 strokes. There is a worry about his course form here, last year finishing 58th out of the 68 players, but he went in last year on the back of a poor run of form. Kaymer is clearly back to his best and has form this year with two top 5 finishes in his
starts this year. !
Shane Lowry (sleeper) – Lowry is one of the most consistent players in golf right now and has made a good start to the season, finishing 7th and 21st on his two PGA tour starts in 2015. Lowry famously won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009 and his career has steadily been on the rise since. He is a player who knows how to rise to the big occasion, finishing in the top ten in the Open Championship last year and runner up to Rory McIlroy at the BMW PGA Championship last year, Europe’s biggest event outside the Majors.
Joost Luiten (sleeper) – Luiten is a four time winner on the European Tour and qualifies for this event due to being ranked 34th in the world. His ranking has been rising steadily in the last couple of years and his first start on the PGA tour in 2015 sees him inside the top 10 at the Honda Classic with just four holes to play on Monday. Another week like that and Luiten will look great value.
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