Date: March 07, 2013
Author: Bruce Young /

Aussies prepare for WGC-Cadillac tilt

The second of two World Golf Championship events in three weeks will be played this week at the famed or perhaps more accurately infamous Blue Monster layout at the Doral Resort and Spa near Miami in Florida. The event brings together an eclectic mix of 65 of the world s leading players headed in terms of ranking by Rory McIlory and Tiger Woods with Justin Rose defending the title he won last year. Five Australians and one New Zealander have made the field namely Adam Scott, Jason Day, John Senden, Marcus Fraser and Mike Hendry who last week won his own national PGA Championship. Peter Senior was eligible to play the event having finished on top of the 2012 PGA Tour of Australasia s money list but has decided to forgo the opportunity to play. McIlory gets yet another chance to get his season back on track after a missed cut in Abu Dhabi, a first round loss at the Accenture and a withdrawal from last week s Honda Classic. It would be difficult to be confident about his chances but he has shown previously he can quickly prove doubters wrong. McIlory finished 3rd in the event last year Tiger Woods was only average at last week s Honda Championship but he has a phenomenal record in this event having won on six occasions and been inside the top five on two others. His win at Torrey Pines several weeks ago is perhaps a better guide to his chances than his more recent form. Charl Schwartzel has been in sensational from in recent times and has been runner-up and 4th in two of his last three starts in this event. His chances look very good. Matt Kuchar did not play last week but of course won the Accenture two weeks ago and has been in generally good form this season. He has not been outside the top ten in three starts in this event so his chances appear very good. In his few events this season the defending champion Justin Rose has played well and a successful defence would not surprise. Keegan Bradley finished 8th in his only start in this event last year and that was despite a last round of 75. Following a good tournament last week when 4th at the Honda then he can be expected to go well. Adam Scott heads the Australians in terms of his place in golf. He has played only two events this season finishing an impressive 10th at the Northern Trust Open followed by a first round loss at the Accenture. It is hard to get a feel for where he is at with his game right now but he has recorded a couple of good finishes in the event including when runner-up in 2006. Jason Day s third place finish at the Accenture and two other top tens this season suggest he is getting back to the sort of form he was in in his great season in 2011. He has played this event well enough for that form to continue this week. John Senden has been only average this season but has a good record in this event having finished 6th and 11th in his only two starts. Geoff Ogilvy gave an indication last week that is long run of indifferent form has come to an end. He played this tournament well earlier in his career including when winning in 2008 and when 3rd the previous year. New Zealander Mike Hendry gets the chance to play in the biggest event of his career and while it is perhaps a bit much for him to contend at this stage he is a player very much on the way up. His effort will be watched with interest.