Golf Rankings for World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
Each of the four World Golf Championship events bring out the best golfers from around the globe. The 74-man field this week is no different. In fact, everyone in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings will be competing at the TPC Blue Monster in Doral, Fla this week. This is a no-cut event, but fantasy managers will need to go all out with so many big names in the mix, sleepers will indeed be hard to find.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #1
After winning last week at The Honda Classic, McIlroy now sits atop the OWGR chart and the golf world (for the time being). Dating back to last September, the 22-year-old Irishman has finished no worse than 11th in 11 worldwide starts with two wins, four runner-up performances and 10 top-fives. Last year, McIlroy was working on a top-five finish at Doral until finishing T10 after a round of 2-over 74 on Sunday.
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Following three strong rounds at Pebble Beach, Woods struggled in the final round of his Tour debut prior to an early exit in match play two weeks later. Last week, Tiger shot up the leaderboard and finished tied for second thanks to a Sunday best round of 8-under 62. In 11 career starts in this event, Tiger has never finished worse than 10th and has won six times, including the first held at Doral.
Phil Mickelson [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #10
In his first three starts of the season, Mickelson missed one cut and was left without a top-25 finish. Lefty quickly recovered to win at Pebble and tie for second at Riviera. He won at Doral in 2009, finished T14 in 2010 but struggled at the site last year. Mickelson currently sits 10th in strokes gained – putting, 12th in both birdie average and scoring average, and is 14th in All-Around Ranking.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #11
This will be Westwood’s third straight stateside start following fourth-place results in match play and again last week at the Honda. He’s played at Doral on four occasions with two straight top-30 finishes, including a career-best T18 last year. Westwood is among the most consistent international players, but plays a short American schedule typically limited to WGC events and majors. Take advantage when you can.
In his last three starts of 2012, Johnson owns a pair of top-five finishes and is coming off a T9 in match play. DJ nearly won this event last year but stumbled in the final round to finish as the runner-up. Johnson places sixth in driving distance and 18th in All-Around Ranking.
Luke Donald [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #3
After a T56 at Riviera and a first round upset defeat in match play, Donald has lost his No. 1 OWGR position. He’s never finished worse than 26th in five starts at Doral, with three top-20s and a career-best T6 last year. After a stellar 2011 campaign, including PGA Player of the Year honors, Donald has yet to record a top-30 finish this season. He’s simply too good to continue this slide.
Martin Kaymer [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #28
Dating back to last October, Kaymer owns one win, five top-10s and seven finishes of 13th or better in nine worldwide starts. The German was tied for second last year at Doral, but struggled over the weekend and finished T24. This week marks Kaymer’s fourth career start in this event, highlighted by a T3 in 2010.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #16
Over his last four worldwide starts this season, Schwartzel owns a pair of top-fives, including a T5 last week at the Honda. The South African was the runner-up at Doral in 2010 and finished T24 a year ago. Schwartzel ended 2011 with six straight top-10s in international events with four top-fives and shows no signs of slowing down.
Hunter Mahan [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #22
Last year, Mahan owned the lead following each of the first two rounds at Doral, but eventually finished with a solo ninth. Following three straight top-25 finishes, including a top-10 and two top-15s, Mahan won last week’s match play tournament. He now ranks 10th in scoring average, 13th in total driving, 15th in birdie average and 23rd in All-Around Ranking.
Webb Simpson [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #19
While Simpson disappointed in match play, he owns a top-five and two top-10s in three stroke play events this season. Simpson is a first timer at Doral, but was a force last year finishing third in the FedExCup standings and placing first in All-Around Ranking. He’s currently first in greens in regulation percentage, sixth in birdie average and 13th in scoring average.
Nick Watney [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #23
It has been a slow start to the season for Watney, which is very disappointing given his stout resume at Doral. He is the defending champion of this event and was the runner-up in 2009. After finishing as the leader in regular season FedExCup points last year, Watney is only good for 97th in All-Around Ranking right now.
You can never go wrong with Stricker. He’s made 45 consecutive cuts -- more than double the nearest player. At Doral, Stricker owns one top-10 and has not finished outside of the top-20 in four starts. Stricker opened the year with a victory at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, but struggled in the final round of the Sony Open to finish T38.