Golf Rankings for WGC-Cadillac Championship
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Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3
McIlroy is coming off a blown opportunity to win last week's Honda Classic but heads to a course where he has finished T8, solo third and T10 over the last three seasons. Last year, McIlroy entered the final round of play back in 30th, but jumped more than 20 positions by matching a career-best round of 7-under 65 at Doral. McIlroy has competed in three stroke play events worldwide so far in 2014, placing T2 twice with another top-10.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14
Scott has also enjoyed Doral the last three seasons -- placing T3, T13 and T6. Last year, he closed the tournament with an 8-under 64 to mark the lowest score of the event. Scott is coming off a T12 in last week's Honda Classic, giving him eight consecutive finishes inside the top 15 dating back to last year.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #40
Watson opened last year's event at Doral with a share of the lead, but slid round by round to finish T18. In 2012, Bubba held the outright lead after the second and third rounds, but would lose by a single stroke after a round of 3-over 75 on Sunday. This could be the year Watson closes things out at Doral, or suffers yet another heart break. He won at Riviera in his most recent stroke play event, two weeks after giving away a wire-to-wire win at TPC Scottsdale.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #120
Bradley has only played Doral twice but left with a finish inside the top 10 each time. If not for some stumbles in the final round of each tournament Bradley might own a pair of top-fives. In his five stroke play events of 2014, Bradley has only missed one cut while recording a top-20 in the other four. Last week, he blew a chance for a top-five on Sunday, but left with a solid T12.
Dustin Johnson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
Johnson has played Doral each of the last five years, highlighted by a runner-up performance from 2011. D.J. placed T12 last season but finished outside of the top 30 in his three other appearances. Johnson was a dud his last time out in the Match Play Championship, but was the runner-up in his last two stroke play events.
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #15
Prior to last year's T35, Kuchar placed inside the top 10 (with a pair of top-fives) in three consecutive Doral appearances. Kuchar opened 2014 with a pair of top-10s in Hawaii before missing the cut at Riviera. Most recently, Kuchar had a decent showing in match play and should be back on track for another solid Doral effort.
Steve Stricker [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #78
Stricker was the solo runner-up at Doral last year and has placed inside the top 20 in six consecutive appearances at the site. The last time he shot a round over par was in the final frame of 2011. Stricker will come in very much under the radar as this is his first stroke play appearance of 2014.
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class C]
Woods is the defending champ at Doral and won here back in 2007. If not for a leg injury late in the 2012 tournament, Tiger would likely own six straight top-10s at the site. However, Woods withdrew from last week's Honda Classic with back pain and struggled in his two other starts of 2014. Until Tiger proves he's healthy, fantasy managers are taking a large risk by deploying him as a starter.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #5
Since winning an event in Qatar, Garcia got to the third round in match play and placed T8 last week at the Honda. Sergio has played Doral six times since 2007, most recently finishing T3 last year for his first top-15 at the site since 2008. Garcia has been locked in for a while now as his streak of 11 straight top-20s worldwide dates back to last year.
Jordan Spieth [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #6
Spieth is a first timer at Doral, but is coming off an impressive showing in his match play debut. That capped an impressive February that also featured a T4 showing at Pebble Beach and a T12 at Riviera. Spieth has shown time and time again that inexperience doesn't phase him. The 20-year-old Texan is playing well enough to trust anywhere.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #92
McDowell is heading to Doral for the sixth time. He placed a career-best T3 last year after a T13 in 2012, but has also finished outside of the top 40 on three occasions. G-McD began the year with a T7 at Pebble Beach and a strong run in match play, but only managed a T46 at the Honda.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #19
Schwartzel is playing Doral for the fifth straight year after accumulating a pair of top-fives and has yet to place outside of the top 25. Last week, in his first stateside appearance in a 2014 stroke play event, Schwartzel missed the cut at the Honda.
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