Golf Rankings for World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
Matt Kuchar [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #6
After losing to the eventual winner in the quarterfinals of match play, Kuchar could be turning his season around at just the right time. While he’s failed to record a top-20 in three stroke play events thus far, Kuchar has finished fifth or better in each of his two career starts at Doral. Kuchar is typically a very consistent player and right now could be the time to buy back in.
Sergio Garcia [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #7
From 2007-10, Garcia saw his finish at Doral decline year after year from a T3 to a T15 to a pair of finishes outside of the top-30. He didn’t compete in this event last year, but has finished 12th or better (including two top-fives) in all three of his stroke play events of 2012. Last year was a big turnaround for Garcia, so the sliding performance at Doral can be overlooked.
Bill Haas [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #31
After picking up his first top-five of the season at Torrey Pines in late January, Haas won his most recent stroke play event. Last year’s FedExCup champ was bounced in the first round of last week’s match play tournament, but has only finished outside of the top 20 in one of his five stroke play events this season. After a T6 at Doral in 2010, Haas finished T31 last year.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #18
In seven starts this season Bradley has made all his cuts and has yet to finish worse than 22nd. Bradley is making his first career start at Doral, but is certainly playing well enough to trust. He’s currently sixth in scoring average and second in All-Around Ranking.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #35
In his first career start at Doral, Fowler finished with a solo eighth last year and matched Tiger Woods with a Sunday-best round of 66. He’s coming off a season-high T7 finish and currently ranks fifth in total driving.
Brandt Snedeker [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #20
In five starts this year, Snedeker has one victory and three top-10s in five starts. Snedeker’s only start at Doral is a T48 from 2008, but he’s been a much improved player over the last two seasons. Snedeker ranks seventh in both birdie average and scoring average and sits fourth in All-Around Ranking.
Bubba Watson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #4
In five starts this season, Watson owns one top-five and has finished all inside the top-20. Aside from a disastrous performance at Doral in 2009, Watson has never competed in this event. Watson is first in driving distance, second in greens in regulation percentage, 10th in total driving and eighth in All-Around Ranking.
Ben Crane [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #106
Crane’s only start at Doral was an uneven T37 performance from 2010. He’s recorded three top-10s (highlighted by a runner-up performance) in his first four starts prior to a T30 last week at the Honda. Crane ranks seventh in strokes gained – putting and third in All-Around Ranking.
Adam Scott [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Since 2007, Scott has two top-10s in five starts at Doral, but has also finished 50th or worse on three occasions. In his only stroke play event of the season, Scott finished T17 at Riviera. Given his strong play over the past year, the bar is set high for Scott, but his erratic history at this site makes one pause.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #11
In his last two stroke play events, Rose finished T13 at Riviera and T5 at the Honda. While he was a non-factor in this event last year, he finished T20 at Doral in 2009 and T15 in 2008. Rose is currently fourth in scoring average.
Aaron Baddeley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #200
Since 2007, Baddeley has two top-15s at Doral in four starts with three top-30 finishes. In his last two stroke play events, the Australian has finished solo fourth and T11.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #5
Despite being a top player on the OWGR chart, Day finished T45 last year at Doral in his first career start at the site. He struggled mightily at Riviera and only advanced beyond the first round last week in match play.