WGC Cadillac Tournament Preview

So we’re still in Florida and off to the revamped and re-toothed Blue Monster course at Doral. It will hopefully be a week where great golf makes the headlines rather than the course itself which has been redeveloped by designers Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner under the guidance of the man himself, Donald Trump. Doral has given us some amazing finishes down the years and this year promises the very same entertainment, especially as the new layout could well see the previous local knowledge going right out the window! If the finish on Sunday at the Blue Monster is anything like the 2 previous weeks at the WGC Matchplay and at the Honda then we are in for a treat.

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John has run the rule on the possible winners this week and his picks are as follows:

Adam Scott
Adam Scott

There’s a lot on the line this week for Scott. With a win and a Woods finish outside the top 7, the Aussie would move to No. 1 in the World. That ranking is a driving force for many golfers and Scott would become only the second Australian to be top dog in golf, joining Greg Norman. That’s the motivation for the Aussie and Scott’s previous form at Doral has been strong, which comes on the heels of four top-10s this season and a T-12 at the Honda Classic. Scott finished T3 last year, T13 in ’12 and T6 in ’11. He also has a top-10 from 2008. I’d be surprised if he doesn’t contend all week. He has SW on the bag to drive him into the winners enclosure. Scotty is 12/1 pretty much across the board, a decent price for somebody who tends to finish in the places at the Blue Monster.
Rory McIlroy
Aside from his struggles in the final round of the Honda Classic, McIlroy has been shooting the lights out on most courses he’s walked this year. He knows his game is in good shape so I doubt one bad Sunday round in which nearly everyone struggled will be enough to derail him. He’ll be hungry. Even with all the struggles he had last year including THAT withdrawal from the Honda, he walked in and grabbed a Tied 8th finish. The year before was solo third, and he has a top-10 and top-20 previously. Rors is favourite at the WGC Cadillac with best price being 15/2 with Paddy Power and CORAL.
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson
It’s easy to be fairly envious of Dustin Johnson, I don’t think we need to go into specifics here!! DJ’s season started with a win and before being bumped in the WGC Accenture Matchplay and he has also put together two second-place results at Pebble and the Northern Trust Open. He was just off the pace last year, shooting 9-under par to finish T-12. He was solo second in ’11. With his length off the tee, he’s going to reach a lot of par-5s in two and give himself easy irons into the redesigned greens. And since he leads the Tour in greens in regulation, he’ll be putting a lot for birdies. Johnson is available at 18s best price with Bet365, totesport, BetFred and BetVictor.
So that’s John two cents on the WGC Cadillac! As usual you can give John feedback via Twitter on @johnalandeasy ! Prices accurate as of 1pm on 05/03/2014 via Oddschecker.com

LD Golf – Rising Stars Programme

County Kerry based LD Golf is offering your school an opportunity to take part in a comprehensive introduction to the game of golf through their Rising Stars Programme.


A bit about LD Golf

Liam Duggan is a PGA Advanced professional and head professional at LDgolf. Liam turned Professional in 2003 and graduated in 2006, with distinction, with a degree in the P.G.A. Programme. During this training Liam excelled, finishing 3rd, 1st and 2nd overall in Great Britain & Ireland across the 3 years of the program. Since turning Professional in 2002, Liam has worked at a number of prestigious 5 star resorts such as Doonbeg Golf Club and The Kiawah Island Club in Charleston, South Carolina.

Liam’s tried and tested holistic approach to coaching has help quite a number of young golfers achieve their goals with many representing their provinces, representing Ireland and in some cases turning professional. Liam places great emphasis in furthering his understanding of his craft. In 2011, he completed the P.G.A. golf psychology certificate and in 2012 Liam completed the P.G.A. advanced diploma. Subsequently, In January 2013, Liam was awarded the title of P.G.A Advanced professional by the P.G.A of Great Britain & Ireland and is one of only a handful of professionals in Munster to hold this title. In June 2013, he became a T.P.I certified level 1 instructor, which focuses on the area of injury prevention and screening for biomechanical deficiencies and is a K-VEST level 2 certified instructor.

Rising Stars Programme-Golf made simple

The Rising Stars Programme gives a fun introduction to the game, from using modified equipment, games and activities, suitable to both indoor and outdoor use in a fun, safe manner to using full equipment with safe limited distance balls.. The emphasis of the instruction is “simplicity” through a games based approach to ensure lots of fun. the programme is about much more than the skills of golf and includes:

an introduction to the basic skills of the game including putting, chipping, pitching & full swing

emphasis on the development of fundamental movement skills

using guided discovery tasks to face and overcome specific golf related tasks


The real beauty of the programme is that it offers the opportunity for the development of a curriculum that reflects the schools needs.

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The Programme

The Rising Stars Programme is built around four constants-the coach, the curriculum, equipment and progression:

LD Golf Rising Stars Coaches: ALL our coaches are P.G.A Professionals As members of the Professional Golfers Association our coaches have as a minimum requirement of a degree in Professional golf from the University of Birmingham. All our coaches have Garda Vetting, Public liability, First Aid and child protection certification.

the curriculum has been specifically developed by Liam, after over 10 years as a golf professional and having introduced over 13, 000 children to the game in that time.

LDgolf uses a range of golf equipment to help maximise the quality of learning. From cutting edge technology such as the Foresight GC2 golf simulator or IPads to traditional golf clubs. We ensure that everything utilised is age appropriate and ensures a fun learning environment.

Progression: We believe that it is key to ensure that there is a structured pathway in place to allow all participants the opportunity to move on to the game of golf. In all areas we provide instruction we develop school club links so we can give everyone the opportunity to move on to the game of golf.

At present LDgolf has a team of P.G.A Professionals offering programmes across Munster-they are constantly looking to add suitable coaches so if you are interested, drop Liam a line at info@LDgolf.ie