No. 18 last and only line of defense for easy Doral


This week, the Blue Monster is imaginary for the field at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. In field of 73 players, 51 are under par for the week through 54 holes.

Without wind to defend it the last two days, Doral is not difficult. 

In the third round, just four holes played over par by more than a few hundredths of a stroke. Even in easier scoring conditions, the 18th hole played a half-stroke over par – by far the toughest hole on the course.

As Donald Trump takes over the property and charges Gil Hanse with renovating the luster and the fear in the Miami track, the case has been made this week for lengthening the course to nearly 7,600 yards.

When Raymond Floyd redid the course in 1996, he positioned the bunkering in the course to challenge players who hit 280-yard tee shots. In today's distance, that would rank approximately 150th on the PGA Tour.