2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship
Tournament information
Dates March 10–13, 2011
Location Doral, Florida, U.S.
Course(s) Doral Golf Resort & Spa
Tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Statistics
Par 72
Length 7,266 yards (6,644 m)
Field 66 players
Cut None
Prize fund $8,500,000
5,984,757
Winner's share $1,400,000
€999,572
Champion
Nick Watney
272 (–16)
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The 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship was a golf tournament held March 10–13 at Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida, a suburb west of Miami. It was the 12th WGC-Cadillac Championship tournament, and the second of four World Golf Championships events staged in 2011. Cadillac replaced CA Technologies as the title sponsor.[1]

Nick Watney shot a final round 67 (–5) to win his first WGC event, two strokes ahead of runner-up Dustin Johnson.[2][3]

Field

The field consisted of players from the top of the Official World Golf Ranking and the money lists/Order of Merit from the six main professional golf tours. Each player is classified according to the first category in which he qualified, but other categories are shown in parentheses.

Initially, all 69 players who qualified for the tournament were scheduled to play.[4]

1. The top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of February 28, 2011[5]
Robert Allenby (2,3), Paul Casey (2,3,5,6), K. J. Choi (2,3), Jason Day (2,3), Luke Donald (2,3,4,5,6), Ernie Els (2,3,5), Ross Fisher (2,5), Rickie Fowler (2), Jim Furyk (2,3), Retief Goosen (2,3), Bill Haas (2), Peter Hanson (2,5), Pádraig Harrington (2,5), Yuta Ikeda (2), Ryo Ishikawa (2), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (2,5,6), Dustin Johnson (2,3), Zach Johnson (2,3), Robert Karlsson (2,5), Martin Kaymer (2,5,6), Anthony Kim (2), Kim Kyung-Tae (2,7), Matt Kuchar (2,3,4), Martin Laird (2,3), Hunter Mahan (2,3), Graeme McDowell (2,5), Rory McIlroy (2,5,6), Phil Mickelson (2,3), Edoardo Molinari (2,5), Francesco Molinari (2,5), Ryan Moore (2,3), Geoff Ogilvy (2,3,8), Louis Oosthuizen (2,5), Ian Poulter (2,5), Álvaro Quirós (2,5,6), Justin Rose (2,3), Charl Schwartzel (2,5,6,9), Adam Scott (2,3), Vijay Singh (4), Steve Stricker (2,3), Bo Van Pelt (2,3), Camilo Villegas (2,3), Nick Watney (2,3), Lee Westwood (2,5), Mark Wilson (2,4), Tiger Woods (2), Y.E. Yang (2)

Three golfers withdrew from the tournament shortly before it started: Tim Clark (2,3) (elbow), Ben Crane (2,3) (back), and Bubba Watson (2,3,4) (flu).[6]

2. The top 50 players from the Official World Golf Ranking, as of March 7, 2011[7]
Hiroyuki Fujita (7)

3. The top 30 players from the final 2010 FedExCup Points List
Charley Hoffman, Kevin Na, Jeff Overton, Ryan Palmer, Kevin Streelman

4. The top 10 players from the 2011 FedExCup Points List, as of March 7, 2011[8]
Aaron Baddeley, Jonathan Byrd, D. A. Points, Rory Sabbatini, Jhonattan Vegas

5. The top 20 players from the final 2010 European Tour Order of Merit
Rhys Davies, Anders Hansen

6. The top 10 players from the European Tour Order of Merit, as of February 28, 2011[9]
Thomas Aiken (9), Thomas Bjørn, Shiv Chowrasia

7. The top 2 players from the final 2010 Japan Golf Tour Order of Merit

8. The top 2 players from the final 2010 PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit
Peter Senior

9. The top 2 players from the final 2010 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit

10. The top 2 players from the final 2010 Asian Tour Order of Merit
Marcus Fraser, Noh Seung-yul

Past champions in the field

Player Country Year(s) won R1 R2 R3 R4 Total To par Place
Tiger Woods  United States 1999, 2002, 2003,
2005, 2006, 2007
70 74 70 66 280 –8 T10
Ernie Els  South Africa 2004, 2010 69 70 73 69 281 –7 T15
Geoff Ogilvy  Australia 2008 76 73 72 70 291 +3 T49
Phil Mickelson  United States 2009 73 71 72 76 292 +4 T55

Round summaries

First round

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011

The first round was significantly delayed when a storm blew in shortly after play began on Thursday. Play was resumed in the afternoon, but almost all players were still on the course when darkness fell. At this point, Hunter Mahan led the field at 7-under-par through his first 11 holes, and held on to the lead when the first round was concluded on Friday morning. Teenager Ryo Ishikawa was one shot back in second, while new world number one Martin Kaymer was third; several players including Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar had reached the 6-under mark in their rounds, then dropped back.[10]

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hunter Mahan  United States 64 –8
2 Ryo Ishikawa  Japan 65 –7
3 Martin Kaymer  Germany 66 –6
T4 Luke Donald  England 67 –5
Charley Hoffman  United States
Martin Laird  Scotland
Nick Watney  United States
T8 Thomas Aiken  South Africa 68 –4
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland
Matt Kuchar  United States
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland
Francesco Molinari  Italy
D. A. Points  United States
Adam Scott  Australia
Vijay Singh  Fiji
Kevin Streelman  United States
Steve Stricker  United States

Second round

Friday, March 11, 2011

Scoring proved more difficult in the second round as high winds returned to the Doral course. The low round of the day was Aaron Baddeley's 66. Hunter Mahan retained his one shot lead after a steady 71, with Martin Kaymer and Francesco Molinari a shot further back. This meant that the three leading players at the halfway stage were the World Number One, and the winners of the previous two stroke play-format WGC events. Ryo Ishikawa, who started the round in second place, shot a four-over-par 76 on the day his home nation of Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Hunter Mahan  United States 64-71=135 –9
T2 Martin Kaymer  Germany 66-70=136 –8
Francesco Molinari  Italy 68-68=136
T4 Matt Kuchar  United States 68-69=137 –7
Martin Laird  Scotland 67-70=137
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 68-69=137
Nick Watney  United States 67-70=137
T8 Aaron Baddeley  Australia 72-66=138 –6
Dustin Johnson  United States 69-69=138
Adam Scott  Australia 69-69=138

Third round

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Dustin Johnson was the big mover on Saturday, shooting a 65, the lowest round of the day, to open up a two-shot advantage. Behind him the leaderboard was more congested, with three shots covering twelve players. Luke Donald, Nick Watney and overnight leader Hunter Mahan all had chances to match Johnson's score before faltering over the closing holes, while Martin Kaymer, in the final group, fell away after a 74.

Place Player Country Score To par
1 Dustin Johnson  United States 69-69-65=203 –13
T2 Luke Donald  England 67-72-66=205 –11
Matt Kuchar  United States 68-69-68=205
Nick Watney  United States 67-70-68=205
T5 Hunter Mahan  United States 64-71-71=206 –10
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 68-69-69=206
Francesco Molinari  Italy 68-68-70=206
Adam Scott  Australia 68-70-68=206
T9 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68-71-68=207 –9
Martin Laird  Scotland 67-70-70=207

Final round

Sunday, March 13, 2011

The final round began strongly for the American challengers, with Nick Watney, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar all getting under par early, while the international players struggled. As the leaders reached the turn, Doral's famous back nine began to bite, with a number of the leading players making bogeys and double bogeys. This opened the tournament back up to the field; ahead of the leaders, Anders Hansen was going low, but missed makeable birdie putts on 16 and 17 to settle for a 67 and 13-under. Meanwhile Nick Watney holed long par putts at 13 and 15 to stay at 15-under, and shared the lead with Dustin Johnson going into the final stretch. But Johnson bogeyed 16, and when Watney birdied the tough 18 it left Johnson, in the final group, needing to hole his second shot to force a playoff; he hit it close, but eventually had to settle for a par, leaving Watney the winner by two. The low rounds on the final day were a pair of 66s by the young American Rickie Fowler, and former world number one Tiger Woods, a multiple winner of this event.

Place Player Country Score To par Money ($)
1 Nick Watney  United States 67-70-68-67=272 –16 1,400,000
2 Dustin Johnson  United States 69-69-65-71=274 –14 850,000
T3 Anders Hansen  Denmark 71-69-68-67=275 –13 465,000
Francesco Molinari  Italy 68-68-70-69=275
5 Matt Kuchar  United States 68-69-68-71=276 –12 350,000
T6 Luke Donald  England 67-72-66-72=277 –11 271,000
Adam Scott  Australia 68-70-68-71=277
8 Rickie Fowler  United States 71-73-68-66=278 –10 200,000
9 Hunter Mahan  United States 64-71-71-73=279 –9 175,000
T10 Jonathan Byrd  United States 70-74-68-68=280 –8 129,000
Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 68-71-68-73=279
Martin Laird  Scotland 67-70-70-73=279
Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 68-69-69-74=279
Tiger Woods  United States 70-74-70-66=279

References

  1. ^ Yasuda, Gene (November 29, 2010). "Cadillac to sponsor WGC event at Doral".  
  2. ^ "Nick Watney wins WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral". BBC Sport. March 13, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ Garside, Kevin (August 8, 2011). "Tiger Woods' ex-caddie Steve Williams uses victory with Adam Scott at Bridgestone to rub salt in former employer's wounds". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sabbatini's win gives him final spot in Cadillac Championship". PGA Tour. March 7, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking – February 27, 2011". 
  6. ^ "Bubba Watson among 3 withdrawals". ESPN. Associated Press. March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking – March 6, 2011". 
  8. ^ "FedEx Cup Standings – Week 10". GolfToday. 
  9. ^ "European Tour – This Week – 28 February 2011". 
  10. ^ "Martin Kaymer & Luke Donald in touch at WGC in Florida". BBC Sport. March 11, 2011. Archived from the original on March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 14, 2011. 

External links

  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site