Justin Rose is the first European WGC Cadillac Champion, and on Sunday he played like a champion. Coming from behind, and quietly at first took the lead, and then stayed atop the leader board when others were quickly falling from the top. Rose shot 2 under par on Sunday with four birdies and two bogies, with a bogey on 18 (but it is the 18th at Doral, so we can all understand that). I do want to mention that if Justin Rose did par the last hole he would have finished 17 under par for the tournament, which is the same number that was on his hat. Man TaylorMade would have really loved that, and we would have gotten the same hat re-branded as the Justin Rose double 17.
I must apologize for my picking Bubba as the winner on Sunday. It seems to me that whomever I pick, seems to falter when in the lead. I swear I am not trying to pull any kind of weird voodoo or jinxes on the PGA Tour, it just keeps happening. Bubba did stumble early in his round, but when the day was over he had a very make-able putt on 18 to force a playoff, and really make for great television. I was really hoping he could pull it out, and I hate to say what comeback that would have been (considering he was the 54 hole leader by 2), but man what a come back that would have been to birdie the last hole the way he would have. But alas no playoff and no Bubba fireworks.
Fireworks you say??? What about our world #1 Mr. Rory McIlroy. He had some fireworks on Sunday. Rory eagled the par 5 12th hole after holeing out from the bunker to pull within one of the lead. He couldn’t make any more magic happen, but what a finish from Rory. Has a rough day one, but really showed his stuff again (and another top 5) by the end of the weekend, and basically told the world of Golf that he is not giving up his seat at the top anytime soon.
Great week of PGA Tour golf at Doral, and I very much look froward to what the Donald is going to have in store for us next year. After paying $150 million for the resort, he promised to give the course a face lift and plans a $200 million dollar renovation that we are hoping will be ready for next year. I think a revamp and the signature Trump style will look great for Doral.