DORAL, Fla. – Since 1962 it has been, simply, Doral. Or, if one wanted to be dramatic, The Blue Monster. But as players spent the last two days filtering into the south Florida enclave it seems the familiar is now new, at least on paper.
The course was renamed TPC Blue Monster at Doral this year, a business move more so than a strategic makeover, but the golf course has changed little since Jim McLean completed his nip/tuck of the layout in 2000.
The only architectural change of note this year is the par-4 second hole, which features a new tee box on the other side of a canal that has added more than 40 yards to a hole that used to be drivable for the Tour’s longest hitters.
“We were able to get it up there around the green before,” said Bobby Brown, long-hitting Dustin Johnson’s caddie. “Now we’re way back there.”
Other than that, however, the new TPC Blue Monster at Doral looks a lot like the old Doral, and that’s pretty good.