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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

48 of the Top 50 at the Blue Monster

Well, politics aside, the show will go on at the WGC Cadillac Championship this week.  For the first time this year, all the big guns will assemble in Miami at Doral, and we will see who's who, and who's ready to head to Augusta.

After a super start to the year for Spieth and Fowler, Jordan seems to have temporarily lost the magic on the greens, and Rickie fell flat on the weekend after a great start at the Honda Classic.  We've seen very little of Jason Day; and what we have seen has not been suggestive of a big year for him.  

As for Rory, forget about it. Yes, he has looked buffed and muscular, but his work in the gym, other than added distance off the tee, hasn't translated into much touch around the greens. His missed cut this past week and his refusal to speak to the Press afterwards suggests he's not feeling very serene about things.  This has not been the start to the season he had likely envisioned for himself.

This week should provide a pretty good indication of whether we are going to be treated to another great year from the Fab Four, or whether we might have got a bit carried away with their success last year.  I think we will see good stuff from Spieth and Fowler.  Day is a bit of an unknown quantity given his limited schedule so far.  As for Rory, I hope for the best but fear the worst.  I have long been saying the same thing Brandel Chamblee said recently.  He needs to cool his jets in the gym and get back to working on his golf.  His putting is terrible.

Nice to see Bubba, Adam Scott, and Louis Oosthuizen in such great form.  One would not be far wrong to put a few bucks on them making another run at a green jacket this year.  We know what Bubba can do when his head's in the right place and his putter is cooperating, especially at Augusta National.  Adam Scott is swinging it about as well as anyone could conceivably swing it, and his putting stroke with the short wand looks smooth as silk.  Louis looked completely in charge in Perth this past week, hitting fairways and greens, and swinging so beautifully and within himself.  

With 48 of the top 50 in the field this week, anyone could win it.  As for me, I must admit that I wouldn't mind seeing Rickie Fowler make a birdie run down the stretch at the Blue Monster, like he did at the Players last year.  With a recent playoff loss, and a disappointing weekend at the Honda, perhaps he's due to finish the job this week.  I'm becoming a big Fowler fan.  I like everything about this kid.

Let's just hope this week's coverage plays up the Blue Monster and the great field, and doesn't focus too much on it's owner.  That's about as political as I want to get about it.