Weekend Preview – World Golf Championships – WGC-Cadillac Championship– Trump National Doral – Miami, Florida –
The resurgence of Australia’s Adam Scott is in full bloom.
After finishing runner-up in Riviera to finish off the West Coast Swing three weeks, he capped off a victory last week to tee of the Florida Swing at The Honda Classic. Now, he sits atop the leader board through 36 holes at 10-under at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.
The former World No. 1 and Masters champion, now with 12 PGA Tour career wins, has plenty of high-profile, big hitters in his rearview mirror including former World No. 1 Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson.
Both Rory and DJ are 8-under after posting low rounds Friday. Rory was 65, while DJ lit up Doral with a 64. Danny Willett is alone in fourth at 7-under, while Bubba Watson and Charley Hoffman enter Saturday’s Moving Day at 6-under and T-5.
Bubba, a winner two weeks ago at the Northern Trust Open, could be the lurking threat in round third to make a move. He finished T-2 here in 2014 and third last year.
Difficult conditions and a non-cut format allow for plenty of movement on the leader board. Look for more drama all weekend in Miami as the top players in the world duel it out.
A former champion at Doral, Phil Mickelson (T-7) is a half dozen shots back, while early-season winners Jason Dufner (late January at PGA West) and Charl Schwartzel (two victories on the European Tour) are inside the Top 10.
World No. 1 Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, who nearly won in Phoenix and did capture the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, are both T-12 through two rounds.
Scott is comfortable at Trump National Doral finishing T-3 in 2013 and holding the 36-hole lead here in 2015. But, three straight weeks in the thick of competition might eventually wore on the Aussie.
At Stations Casinos in Las Vegas, McIlroy was the outright betting favorite at 6-to-1 odds followed by Spieth (8-1), Scott (10-1) and Johnson (11-1).
Other Golf news:
- Ha Na Jang (12-under) leads the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore by a single shot through 54 holes. She captured the Coates Golf Championship title in Florida in February. Pornanong Phatlum (11-under), Amy Yang and Mirim Lee (both 10-under) are the closest competitors.
- Opening-round leaders Marcus Fraser and Scott Piercy plummeted down the leader board in round two shooting 77s. Fraser is coming off a win two weeks ago on the European Tour at the Maybank Championship.
- Look for a someone out of group at T-5 and 8-under four back at the LPGA Tour’s HSBC Women’s Champions to make a move Sunday in the final round. That group features Stacy Lewis, Suzann Pettersen, Brooke Henderson and Na-Yeon Choi. Lydia Ko (T-20) and defending champion Inbee Park (T-38) failed to make a charge at the title this week.
- Scott, now third in the FedEx Cup standings this season, struggled much of last season finishing 70th in the PGA Tour Money List and 106th in the FedEx Cup standings.