The Tshwane Open provided another South African winner and a first European title for Dawie Van der Walt who finished two clear of fellow South African Darren Fichardt who won two weeks ago in the Africa Open. That brings a close to six visits to South Africa in which five of the winners were South African, proving local knowledge is a key to success there.
This week sees the second WGC event of the season, The Cadillac Championship being played over the Blue Monster at Doral in Florida. Just as the Accenture Match play, there is another limited field of around 70 players who will compete over four rounds with no cut.
The event was first played in 1999 and has been played in both America and Europe before settling at Doral in 2007 were it has been played each season since. Tiger Woods dominated the early editions of the event winning 6 of the first 8. His last win came in 2007 as well as his multiple wins he also many tournament records including lowest 72 hole score and lowest 72 holes score relative to par and the biggest margin of victory of 8 shots which he shot in 2006.
In 1959, Doris and Alfred Kaskel used 2,400 acres of swampland in West Miami to create the Doral Hotel and Country Club as a place for family and friends to enjoy the South Florida sunshine. The name Doral came from a combination of the Kaskels names.
The resort opened in 1962, with three courses, the Blue, Red and a Par 3 course. That same year, the Kaskels hosted the Doral Golf Resort & Spa Open Invitational, Florida’s first PGA event, benefiting the American Cancer Society. The Kaskel family also enjoyed tennis and in 1970, they asked legendary tennis player Arthur Ashe to become the Director of Tennis. Keeping with the times, the Kaskel family added the Saturnia International Spa Resort as one of the resort’s amenities in 1987. The Spa became an overnight success and has since been consistently ranked one of the top spa destinations in the United States.
In 1993, the resort was acquired by KSl Recreation Corporation and renamed the Doral Golf Resort & Spa. A $30 million dollar transformation included redesign of the courses by Raymond Floyd. The Doral Golf Resort & Spa is now owned by Trump Hotels.
After making the permanent move to America, Lee Westwood is starting to show some form and could pick up his first WGC title not far from his new Florida home or could Rory McIlroy battle through the pain of toothache which forced his withdrawal from his defence of last weeks Honda Classic on the PGA Tour to win this week.