2016 Cadillac Championship Golf Preview and Picks
The Florida swing continues on the PGA TOUR this week with a stop in Miami for the 2016 PGA Cadillac Championship (WGC) at Trump National Doral, specifically TPC Blue Monster which is widely considered one of the best annual stops for the world’s best.
2016 PGA Cadillac Championship WGC
When: March 3 – 6, 2016
Location: Trump National Doral, Miami, FL
Purse: $9,000,000 / Winner Share: $1,530,000
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
The Blue Monster measures 7,543 yards and is a par 72 – one of the longest tracks on TOUR. Obviously length off the tee is crucial here but hitting fairways and greens is also essential and notoriously tough to do.
Trump National Doral certainly offers the pros a good test.
With that in mind who should we be keeping an eye on this week?
2016 PGA Cadillac Championship WGC Favorites:
Rory McIlroy +800
Always the threat but enters this year in what is a bit of a slump in McIlroy terms. He finished T9 last year and enters having missed the cut last week.
It could be a prime bounce back spot for Rory or an extension of a poor stretch – your guess is as good as mine.
Jordan Spieth +1000
Is another player that is a tad tough to figure out ahead of this week but wouldn’t shock anyone to see him being the last man standing on Sunday.
He finished T17 here last year and leads the TOUR in par 4 scoring and putts per round – good stats for this track.
Jason Day +1400
Has three starts this season – a T1, a T11 and a missed cut! Hard to believe. Still he’s finished outside the top 12 just once in his last 12 starts – pretty darn consistent.
Day’s game is perfectly suited for Doral – I expect to see him on the leaderboards this week.
2016 PGA Cadillac Championship WGC Contenders:
Adam Scott +1100
Finally broke through with his first win in what seems to be a lifetime last week. It followed a T2 the week before. Scott’s record here has been good – he has never been outside the top 25 since the redesign and he was T4 last year.
There is not hotter or confident player on the TOUR right now – his new putter is scorching and his form is second-to-none.
Dustin Johnson +1100
The defending champion (he finished T4 here in 2014) is a tad tough to figure out but this course obviously fits his eye. That said he did finish T41 at Pebble Beach on a track that he had traditionally owned.
He did finish solo fourth at Riviera a couple of weeks ago so we shouldn’t worry too much about his form. On a track in which driving is essential and GIR stats are crucial DJ absolutely has to be on the radar again.
Bubba Watson +1200
Won at Riviera a couple of weeks ago and arrives at a course that he’s finished inside the top 3 in both years since the redesign – T2 in 2014 and a solo third last year.
He has been inside the top 16 in six of his last seven starts overall and looks to be ramping up for his third Masters title in five years.
Watson’s game is perfectly suited for this track – he looks to keep his run going while serving notice that he will be a factor at the Masters in a month’s time.
Rickie Fowler +1400
Has finished inside the top 5 in five of his last six starts overall – impressive indeed. He was T12 here last year – by far his best result. His present form is definitely impressive – too bad about his track history.
Henrik Stenson +2500
Will be after his first win since 2014 – hard to believe. He has been good lately however – top 6 finishes in four of his last five starts overall. He had a T4 here last year and was 16th in 2014.
Stenson’s distance may not add up to the rest but his accuracy could make him a dangerous entry this week.
J.B. Holmes +2800
Is the best driver of the golf ball in the field outside of Bubba and DJ and will be back to avenge a disappointing solo second place finish here from last year after a meltdown on Sunday.
He has finished in the top 11 in seven of his last eight starts overall – two T6s and a pair of T11s in his last four starts. Holmes is good value at +2800 and is due for a big win this week.
2016 Cadillac World Golf Championship Sleepers (+5000 or higher):
Justin Thomas +5000
Was under par in every round of the Honda – the only golfer to accomplish that en route to a T3 finish.
He isn’t the biggest guy but somehow sits top 30 on TOUR in driving distance, birdie average, eagle average, approaches from beyond 200 yards, Par 5 birdies or better, and strokes gained: Tee-to-Green.
His stats line up very well on this track making him a very intriguing +5000.
Bill Haas +7000
Has gone T6-T7 in the last two editions of this tournament and has two top 10s on TOUR this year at Pebble Beach and at PGA West. Track history and present form point to a good week.
2016 PGA Cadillac Championship WGC Picks:
The pick this week is Dustin Johnson at +1100. I just can’t ignore his length off the tee and his affinity for this track makes him an obvious choice to me.
Add in his present form and take DJ to repeat!
My Sleeper is Justin Thomas at +5000. His stats line up very well here and his effort at the Honda was certainly eye-opening. He’s due.
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