This week sees the second WGC tournament of the year pitch up in West Miami at the Doral resorts Blue Monster course. The resorts name Doral comes from a combination of the original owners names. Doris and Alfred Kaskel purchased 2,500 acres of swampland back in 1959 and by 1962 the resort was open to golfers, with two 18-hole golf courses, the Blue and Red and a par 3 course.
Dick Wilson designed the Blue Monster in 1961 and in 1993 KSl Recreation Corporation purchased the resort and renamed it the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. A $30 million investment including a redesign by Raymond Floyd, takes the yardage up from its original 6,939 yards to today’s 7,266 yards on the Blue Monster, where the course now incorporates 110 bunkers and has eleven water hazards.
I am away this week on press trip taken in the Tunisia Festival of Golf so look for out for the review, I will also be testing equipment, from Mizuno, Adams Golf and John Letters, so also look out for those.
I had obviously done the research coming into this week and if you look at Tigers 14/1 record –7 times winner including 3-in-a-row from 2005-07 – on this track its his title to lose.
No doubt the professional gamblers out there among you will be backing him no matter what the odds.
As for the rest of us bet for fun types, I will look elsewhere to see if we can get some value. Below are the records of this weeks picks in the WGC Cadillac event at Doral Resort
My tips to win:
Rory McIlroy 8/1 2013-8th, 2012-3rd, 2011-10th, 2010-65th, 2009-20th
At the time I was doing the research for this event, I did think Tiger Woods 14/1 odds would be a lot lower than this and as I stated, with his record in this event these really do represent great value.
Charl Schwartzel 33/1 2013-16th, 2012-4th, 2011-24th, 2010-2nd,
My each-way tips:
Graeme McDowell 33/1 2013-3rd, 2012-13th, 2011-42nd, 2010-6th, 2009-66th, 2008-48th,
Steve Striker 45/1 2013-2nd, 2012-8th, 2011-18th, 2010-16th, 2009-13th, 2008-6th
My outside tip:
Francesco Molinari 80/1 2010-14th, 2011-3rd, 2012-13th, 2013-28th
For updated betting odds during the tournament go to planetgolfreview.com