2015 WGC-Cadillac Championship Picks + Predictions, Plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Following the windy, wet, sloppy and SLOW-PLAYING Honda Classic (hit the ball already Padraig! #SlowdraigHarrington), the Tour heads to Miami for the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.  Last year the revamped par 72 track averaged nearly 74 strokes per round (73.85 to be exact), which made it the hardest course to host a non-major since the 2013 season.  In the end, it was Patrick “Top 5” Reed bringing home the hardware with “only” a 4-under score.  New/revamped courses have a tendency to play more difficult in their first go-round, as with firm greens and some unknowns in play, players struggle to find red numbers.  Expect that with another season in the books and what looks to be better conditions (low winds and warm temps), that scoring will be lower this year.

A so-so weeks for my picks last week at the Honda Classic, as Graham DeLaet and Chris Stroud were disappointing; however I continued my major heater with the my Hosel-Rocket BUST pick as I spot on nailed previously hot Keegan Bradley to miss the cut.  My Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week on Luke Donald also came through nicely as he kicked his previous ice cold drought to the tune of a t-7th finish.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: DeLaet MC, Rickie t-41st)

Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama
– Hideki “Withdrawayama” kept up with his WD quota by pulling out of last week’s Honda Classic early in the week with a sore wrist.  From the sounds of it, it was just an overly precautionary withdrawal, as it’s the same wrist that has been nagging him on and off for the past 18 months or so.  That alone will keep most from picking him this week, which just makes me love this pick even more.  Hideki finished t-4th at Riviera in his last start, and two starts prior he notched a t-2nd in Phoenix.  Playing some sizzling golf at the moment and bound to win again sooner than later.  A Top 10 Lockzilla this week to be sure.

Jamie Donaldson
Jamie Donaldson
– You know, just because he’s from Wales and Yahoo keeps him flagless (what do you have against Wales you biased Yahoo gooses?!) doesn’t mean that you should overlook him too.  Well, somehow the Welshman comes in under-the-radar again this week, despite his solo 6th place finish last week at the Honda and his t-2nd here last year.  Not expecting a win, but anything outside the top 15 would be really surprising given current form + success here last year.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Stroud MC)

Justin Rose
Justin Rose
– Normally a player of his caliber would land in my Lockzillas, but coming off of back-to-back missed cuts “Rosey” seems totally out of form.  Well, a no-cut top-tier event to the rescue, as this WGC-Cadillac Championship couldn’t be anymore well-timed for the 34-year-old Englishman.  He’s a past champ here, which yes happened before the course overhaul (2012), but hey, it’ll brew confidence nonetheless.  Flat out guaranteeing a top 10 from Rosey this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last Week: Keegan MC)

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– Picking a bust in a limited no-cut field is anticlimactic, in fact I’ve even thought about removing this pick during these weeks; however, I’m on a helluva roll of late with these Hosel-Rockets so hey, let’s keep rolling with it.  Jimmy Walker might be the best player for our beloved red, white and blue, but after Torrey Pines, something stopped clicking.  He faded to a t-21st and Pebble and t-41st at Riviera in his last two starts (yes, “fading” is relative, as those aren’t necessarily bad weeks for some, but for Jimmy his standards are high).  He will get things turned around sooner than later, but it’s not going to be this week.  For a player of his caliber, anything outside a top 25 in a limited field like this is a bust of a week, and that’s precisely what I’m calling for from Jimmy this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Donald t-7th)

Joost Luiten
Joost Luiten
– The man whose name sounds more like a foo-foo drink than of a PGA Tour player notched his personal best t-11th last week at Honda and will ride that momentum into this week at Doral, where he finished t-13th last year.  I can already hear Johnny Miller botching his name multiple times on the telecast this weekend while he’s in contention.  Think Johnny saying something like, “I don’t know what they serve over there in the Netherlands, but Joost is eating it right up,” or you know, something similar that doesn’t really make much sense.  Anyway, Joost Luiten is your Driver-off-the-Deck BOLD play of the week!

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

P.S. For another opinion on golf picks for this week, check out Steve’s picks at GolfPicks.net!

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