The newly revamped TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral plays host this week to a loaded WGC field, as Tiger Woods, bad back and all, will try and defend his title at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship.
2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship Fact Sheet
- Course: TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral
- Location: Doral, Florida
- Yardage: 7,481 yards, par 72
- Defending Champion: Tiger Woods
- Five Consensus Favourites: Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia
- Thursday – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET (Golf Channel)
- Friday – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET (Golf Channel)
- Saturday – 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET (Golf Channel) & 2:00 to 6:00 PM ET (NBC)
- Sunday – 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM ET (Golf Channel) & 3:00 to 7:00 PM ET (NBC)
Russell Henley was able to outlast Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer on Sunday at PGA National to win the 2014 Honda Classic.
Rory McIlroy came into Sunday with a two-shot lead over Russell Henley and all day it just seemed like Rory didn’t have it all together. The lead got to three shots at certain points, but it never got any larger than that and towards the end of the back nine, Rory just couldn’t close it out. Fortunately for him, none of the main contenders seemed to be doing much of anything to distance themselves either. Russell Knox appeared to take himself out first:
As we’ve talked about before, golf is a niche sport with a desperate need for superstars to generate anything resembling mainstream attention. This is even more prevalent in women’s golf, where, let’s be honest, not even the golf media pays enough attention to the women’s game, at least when compared to the men’s side. Paula Creamer, despite not winning a tournament since the 2010 U.S. Open, is one of those superstars.
Playing at the LPGA’s HSBC Women’s Champions event this week in Singapore, Creamer found herself in a playoff with Spain’s Azahara Munoz. After squaring the first hole, Creamer had a 75-footer to win the tournament on the second playoff hole. No chance, right?
I guess when you haven’t won in almost four years, and that’s the way you do it, that’s the kind of reaction that it’s going to produce. Awesome stuff.
CBS got lucky on Sunday at Dove Mountain, as did the PGA Tour and the other governing bodies around the World Golf Championships.
Tiger Woods wasn’t in the field, neither was Phil Mickelson or Adam Scott. With three of golf’s biggest names sitting on the sidelines for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that they find the host course to be absolutely atrocious, there was a serious lack of star power at the event.
Enter Victor Dubuisson.
So, that was pretty fun, right? In case you missed it, check out the recap of the WGC-Match Play from yesterday where even though Jason Day won, the story was the crazy shot making performance of France’s Victor Dubuisson. The best moments from the week is listed below, in photos, GIFs and videos.
Jason Day was able to take out Rickie Fowler and Victor Dubuisson on Sunday at Dove Mountain to win the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play.
To be honest, not a whole lot of note happened on the final day until the very end. Day and Fowler had a spirited match in the semis, while Ernie Els couldn’t hang on to an early lead on Dubuisson, eventually giving it up on the 18th when he made bogey.
In the finals, Day jumped out to an early lead as Dubuisson just couldn’t seem to get going, much like the semis, where the Frenchman admitted that playing against one of his golfing heroes in Els got to him. Dubuisson started to settle in a little bit throughout the match, but Day didn’t relent until the final two holes. Dubuisson cut the lead to just one on the 17th, but Day had a chance to close it out on 18 when he had a nine foot putt for par.
No matter where he goes or what he does, Sergio Garcia seems to makes headlines. In case you missed what happened yesterday, here’s a quick recap.
On the sixth hole of his match against Rickie Fowler, Garcia needed to call an official over for a ruling because there was a beehive right beside his ball near the sixth green, which is considered a “dangerous situation” under the Rules of Golf. The ruling took longer than it probably should have, and Garcia felt bad about that. So, on the next hole, Garcia had about six feet left for his par, while Fowler had to make one from about seventeen feet to avoid bogey. Garcia, still feeling bad about the length of the ruling on the previous hole, suggested to Fowler that they give it the “good-good” treatment and walk off the green, heading to the next tee. A video of the event is below:
Sixty-four of the world’s best players are in attendance this week at Dove Mountain in Arizona for golf’s yearly match play event, and the first WGC of 2014, the WGC-Accenture Match Play.
2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Fact Sheet
- Course: Dove Mountain
- Location: Marana, Arizona
- Yardage: 7,791 yards, par 72
- Defending Champion: Matt Kuchar
- Five Consensus Favourites: Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Hunter Mahan
- Wednesday – 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET (Golf Channel)
- Thursday – 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET (Golf Channel)
- Friday – 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM ET (Golf Channel)
- Saturday – 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM ET (Golf Channel) & 2:00 to 6:00 PM ET (CBS)
- Sunday – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET (Golf Channel) & 2:00 to 6:00 PM ET (CBS)
With the WGC-Accenture Match Play set to go this week at Dove Mountain, I took a look at the match play records for each player across all forms of professional match play. Each player is shown below with their records in the following areas:
- WGC-Accenture Match Play (2009-2013): This shows their record at Dove Mountain, the host course since 2009.
- WGC-Accenture Match Play (1999-2008): This shows their record at all previous courses to host the event, dating back to 1999.
- Presidents Cup: Singles records only from the Presidents Cup.
- Ryder Cup: Singles records only from the Ryder Cup.
- Other: The Cisco/Volvo World Match Play on the European Tour, as well as the Seve Trophy. Again, singles records only. Note that this doesn’t include the 1994, 1995 or 1996 Cisco Match Play, which were all won by Ernie Els. There just isn’t enough reliable data available online to include the information, but if anyone has access to it, let me know and I’ll add them in.
In addition to the table below, each player that has played in at least one match play event is clickable. Clicking on them will take you to their expanded record, showing each individual match with the event, course, opponent and final score.
As always, if you see any mistakes, let me know in the comments and I’ll adjust.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to watching much of the other tournaments this week, but the Northern Trust Open was entertaining as always thanks to Bubba Watson and the always immaculate Riviera. Here’s the best of the week from the event in GIFs and videos.