Day, Scott head large Aussie contingent at Doral
The first staging of a World Golf Championship event of 2016 – the Cadillac Championship – takes place this week at the famed ‘Blue Monster’ layout at the Trump National Doral in Miami, Florida.
The US$9.25 million event also marks the first occasion that the so-called ‘Big Three’ of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day will appear in the same field this year.
Adam Scott (Credit: Anthony Powter)
On recent form however, there’s been call to extend the grouping to a ‘Big Four’, to include Rickie Fowler who has risen to world number four after his fast start to 2016.
The rejuvenated Adam Scott’s recent performances have also pushed his own candidacy to burst back into this upper echelon of the world’s highest ranked players.
On current form it is he, and not the higher ranked Day, who will lead an impressive field of Australians into action on the back of his triumph at the Honda Classic on Sunday and a runner-up finish the week before in Los Angeles.
The Australian contingent includes Day, Scott, Steven Bowditch, Marc Leishman, Scott Hend, Nathan Holman, Jordan Zunic and recent Maybank Championship winner Marcus Fraser, all of whom have won through via a variety of qualification criterion including the leaders of region-based Order of Merits in 2015.
Sunday’s Perth International champion Louis Oosthuizen will make his US debut for the year at Doral and, jetlag aside, would join Scott as one of the pre-tournament favourites based on his Lake Karrinyup form.
Scott’s conqueror two weeks ago in LA, Bubba Watson, is another with pedigree at the Blue Monster, as is defending champion Dustin Johnson who won by a stroke over J.B. Holmes last year. Former Cadillac champions Patrick Reed, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson have also qualified for another tilt at the title.
Watson and Holmes share the low score of 10-under 62 since the course began hosting the Cadillac Championship in 2007.