GolfWRX is live from the newly redesigned TPC Blue Monster at Trump National Doral Miami for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, just an hour down the road from last week’s event in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The Blue Monster, a par-72 design measuring 7,481 yards, gets its name from the brutal closing hole that measures 470 yards with water down the left and a guarded bail out to the right.
Donald Trump and Gil Hanse, with the help of a $200 million renovation, made the course longer and more difficult, while breathing life back into the dated layout. The most notable changes appear on the closing stretch, where water now comes into play on the par-3 15th hole and the drivable par-4 16th hole.
Trump’s version of the Blue Monster will makes its PGA Tour debut by hosting each of the top-50 players in the Official World Golf Rankings. Barring any late withdrawals, this will be the first time since the PGA Championship in 2012 that the top-50 players will compete in the same field.
The most likely player to withdraw is defending champion Tiger Woods, who exited the Honda Classic mid-round on Sunday citing back spasms. He won last year by two strokes over Steve Stricker and will reportedly seek treatment in order to defend his title.
Check out our photos from this week’s event at the TPC Blue Monster in Miami, Fla.
2014 Cadillac Championship Photos: Tues. Pt. 1
2014 Cadillac Championship Photos: Tues. Pt. 2
2014 Cadillac Championship Photos: Tues. Pt. 3
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2014 Cadillac Championship Photos: Tues. Pt. 5