Lowdown: The world’s greatest golfers are in Florida this week for the second WGC occasion of 2010. Phil Mickelson defends the CA Championship across the “Blue Monster” at Doral. The European siege on the highest of the World Rankings seems set to proceed this week. Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Henrik Stenson all at the moment reside within the top-10 on the Rating, threatening the American trio of Woods, Mickelson and Stricker on the prime of the tree. Following Poulter’s success on the Accenture Match Play Championship, a European clean-sweep of the WGC occasions remains to be on the playing cards. Designed by Dick Wilson and revamped by Ray Floyd “The Blue Monster” is famed as a troublesome observe though the scoring in recent times would counsel in any other case. In 2009, 58 of the 80 starters broke par for the 4 rounds. In that occasion, Phil Mickelson collected his first ever WGC title, edging out Nick Watney in a see-saw last spherical battle. Of these exempt to play within the CA Championship solely two usually are not competing however their causes for absence might hardly be extra completely different. Tiger Woods continues to avoid the aggressive sport following his public admission of infidelity. Ryo Ishikawa, then again, won’t be at Doral as a result of he is graduating from Excessive Faculty. Venue: Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Florida Date: Mar 11-14 Course stats: par 72, 7,266 yards Purse: $8,500,000 Winner: $1,400,000 Defending Champion: Phil Mickelson (-19)
TV Protection: Thursday 11 – Dwell on Sky Sports activities 2 from 7pm Friday 12 – Dwell on Sky Sports activities 2 from 7pm Saturday 13 – Dwell on Sky Sports activities 2 from 7pm Sunday 14 – Dwell on Sky Sports activities 2 from 7pm Participant Watch: Steve Stricker – The World quantity two gained on his final outing in a strokeplay occasion (Riviera). He has a strong document on this match and the course fits his constant type of play. Paul Casey – He sneaked into the top-four ultimately week’s Honda Traditional with a high quality closing spherical. He is nearly again to the shape he confirmed previous to final 12 months’s damage. When he will get again to that degree, he’ll be robust to beat. Phil Mickleson – The defending champion might be seeking to elevate his sport after a gradual begin to 2010. This occasion could possibly be the place we see “Lefty” shift up a gear. Key gap: 18th. At 467 yards, this notorious par four usually ranks amongst the very hardest on the PGA Tour. The green is difficult to seek out from the tee – simply 25 yards broad at its narrowest level, then the strategy requires nerves of metal. The inexperienced is lengthy and skinny with water down the left facet. It takes a courageous man to fireside on the again left pin place on Sunday afternoon. Expertise required: Making birdies. Given current rainfall, the greens appear to be being receptive on “The Blue Monster,” so count on to see strategy photographs peppering the pins. It’s going to be the person who can convert the possibilities most successfully who’ll stroll off with the $1.four million first prize.