Category: WGC-Cadillac Championship


March 14, 2013

Ivanka Trump stalker posed as reporter at Doral

Posted at 10:20 AM by Mike Walker

Trump_200Homeless stalker or golf journalist? Sometimes it's so hard to tell.

John Enabnit was arrested after being kicked out of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral for using a forged press pass. Police later realized that Enabit, a New Yorker, was prohibited from the grounds of the resort for allegedly stalking Ivanka Trump. Ivanka's father, Donald Trump, owns the Doral resort in Miami and both Trumps attended the golf tournament. The New York Post has the details:

Ivanka Trump’s homeless stalker traveled to Florida and conned his way into the VIP area of the famed “Blue Monster” golf course by pretending to be a reporter, cops said.

John Enabnit — who was busted in New York last month for allegedly stalking the Trump heiress — was picked up more than 1,000 miles away at her family’s Trump Doral Golf Resort & Spa after he was kicked out of a golf tournament Saturday while wearing a forged press pass.

Enabnit, 32, told cops he was dead-set on making Trump see his point of view.

“He said he was in love with her and he was going to continue to do this so they can work it out. Once she talks to him, she will see it his way [and fall in love with him],” said Doral Police Chief Richard Blom.

According to police, Enabit is being held at the Miami-Dade Pre-Trial Detention Center and could face felony criminal contempt charges in New York.

Enabnit was arrested last month for stalking and harassment after crashing Ivanka’s perfume launch.

“You’re going to need an order of protection against me!” he screamed as he was hauled away.

Photo: Ivanka Trump and Tiger Woods at Doral on Sunday (Getty Images).

March 13, 2013

Report: Tiger and Lindsey Vonn spent Doral weekend on yacht

Posted at 12:35 PM by Mike Walker

Lindsey_hedTiger Woods's name for his yacht -- "Privacy" --  has proved ironic.

According to the Daily Mail, Woods and Lindsey Vonn [right)] spent the weekend of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on "Privacy," where photographers snapped them at a Miami-area marina, though not together.

Tiger Woods celebrated his big win on Sunday with new love US Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn.

The famous athletes sailed the Florida seas on Tiger's massive yacht named Privacy, after a full week of nesting on his ocean vessel while the sportsman played the Cadillac Championship Golf Tournament.

Tiger_hedCelebrity media outlets have linked Woods and Vonn since they were both in Vail in November, although Vonn told the Denver Post that she and Woods were just friends and that her brother was giving Woods's children skiing lessons. Vonn tore her ACL and MCL and had small fractures of her femur and tibia in a terrible crash at the Alpine world championships in Austria on Feb 5. Vonn, who is rehabbing to compete in the Winter Olympics next year, would not confirm the relationship in a recent Sports Illustrated profile:

"I'd like to keep my personal life private," she said in Vail. "In reality, I know that's not possible. In the present, I'm trying to pretend it's possible." She is not humorless on this subject; asked if she noticed Rory McIlroy's withdrawal from the Honda Classic that day, she laughed and said, "Yes, I did."

Woods has repeatedly declined to discuss his personal life. Both Woods, 37, and Vonn, 28, are divorced.

Photos: Lindsey Vonn (James Macari/Sports Illustrated), Tiger Woods (Getty Images).

March 11, 2013

Tiger's win gets best TV ratings for Doral since 2006, ties NASCAR

Posted at 4:40 PM by Coleman McDowell

Tiger_doral_tv_300Everyone loves to watch a winner. And, according to the latest overnight TV ratings, everyone still loves to watch Tiger Woods.

NBC Sports' broadcast of Woods' wire-to-wire victory at Doral Sunday recorded a 4.4 overnight rating, the best overnight for the event since -- surprise -- Tiger won in 2006. Television ratings represent the percent of televisions in use that are tuned into the broadcast, so a 4.4 rating means 4.4 percent of televisions in use were watching the golf tournament, or about 5 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

This year's rating was 42 percent increase from last year's WGC-Cadillac, in which Justin Rose overtook Bubba Watson on the final day to win by one stroke. 

Woods wasn't the only star in contention this weekend at Donald Trump's Blue Monster. The top-heavy leaderboard included the likes of Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy for the majority of the weekend. But it certainly was Tiger's opening rounds of 66-65 that helped push the Golf Channel's second round coverage to the event's highest-rated Friday telecast ever.

The tournament's Sunday rating was matched only by Fox's coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup from Las Vegas, which recorded a 4.4 overnight as well.

ABC's NBA double-header of the Thunder–Celtics and Bulls–Lakers garnered ratings of 2.7 and 3.5, respectively, while the only Sunday event with end-game suspense, a 72-71 Indiana victory against Michigan for the Big 10 title, earned a 2.2 rating.

Photo: Tiger Woods at Doral on Sunday (Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated).

March 08, 2013

Rory McIlroy playing his way out of slump at Doral

Posted at 7:21 PM by Cameron Morfit

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DORAL, Fla. -- Rory McIlroy spotted his mother, Rosie, on the back nine of his second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday, and was in such a good mood he decided to poke some fun at himself.

"I'm in red numbers!" he said, as if he were shooting under par for the first time.

In fact he was: McIlroy's second-round 69, which left him at 2 under for the tournament, 11 strokes behind playing partner Tiger Woods, was the young Irishman's first under-par score of 2013. That's hard to believe considering McIlroy, 23, is the number one player in the world, but he's had a rough start to the year, consisting of a missed cut, a first-round loss at the Match Play, and a WD at the Honda Classic last week.

Friday was different: One day after he hit only three of 14 fairways in round one, leading to a 1-over 73, McIlroy -- buoyed by a late range session after the round -- hit eight of 14 fairways in round two.

"I had a couple three-putts," McIlroy said, "but that's not what I'm focused on right now. It's about the ball-striking, and that part is getting there."

(Related Photos: Rory McIlroy Life in Pictures)

McIlroy took only 28 putts Friday but three-putted the fourth and 18th greens. Even that final hiccup, on his last hole, couldn't sour his mood after the round. Asked if he worried about jinxing himself by noting his under-par status mid-round, he joked that since he was 3 under he figured he was probably safe.

"Rory played all right today," Woods said. "He made some nice swings and holed a few putts. Certainly he's trying to work his way through making some changes in his swing. It's not easy, especially at this level on difficult courses. It's tough. But he's put in some time this past weekend, this past week, and you know, from what I can see, it certainly is improving. He still has got a lot of time until Augusta, so he's on the right track."

"I'm pleased with today," McIlroy said. 

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

Live Coverage of the 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship - Round 2 Live Blog

Posted at 10:18 AM by Kevin Cunningham

Golf.com will be live blogging the second round of the 2013 Cadillac Championship, including the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy-Luke Donald group.

Mobile users can follow along here:  http://bit.ly/14CSyKD

Leaderboard | Photos: Round 1 at Doral | Photos: Tiger vs. Rory

March 07, 2013

Video: Watch Phil Mickelson make birdie from cart path

Posted at 8:29 PM by Mike Walker

Don't try this at home.

Phil Mickelson displayed his short-game wizardry on the par-4 17th hole of the Doral Blue Monster course the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday. After hitting his drive way right, Mickelson had about a 50-yard wedge shot from the cart path.

See how he played it (video from PGATour.com):

Then hear how he did it, in Mickelson's own words:

Phil Mickelson checks out changes to 14th green at Augusta National

Posted at 9:14 AM by Mike Walker

Mickelson_augusta_2012_300Phil Mickelson and his pal and Ryder Cup partner Keegan Bradley snuck up to Augusta National on Tuesday for a pre-Masters practice round, and Mickelson came back to Doral on Wednesday with a full report on the new changes to the 14th green at Augusta.

Q. Can I ask you about the 14th green at Augusta, you played yesterday; what is the change there?

PHIL MICKELSON: You honestly wouldn't even notice it, if you had not had years of knowing that green. But the difference is the pin position that I've holed out in 2010 in that little low section to the left, behind it, there's a backstop now whereas before, it would take the ball directly to the right behind the hole 12 feet. Now, it's pitched a little bit more back where it will bring it back to the hole. Which means that it's very possible that you might see more hole‑outs to that pin position. If you go long, though, I don't think you can get it close, because of the pitch from back to front now is more severe on those last four feet.

Mickelson won the Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010, but on Wednesday he sounded like he was going to have his hands full with Doral's Blue Monster this week. The rough on the course, Mickelson said, is thicker than he's ever seen here.

Q. How's your game, how are you feeling about Doral here?

PHIL MICKELSON: I'm a little unsure how it's going to go. I've had two weeks off. The first week I didn't touch a club and this last week I've been practicing pretty hard. And I've had some good rounds and I'm optimistic but just never know until you get in competition, and today at Doral, this is playing as tough as I've seen this golf course play. The rough is thicker and denser than I've seen, and longer, and it's going to have a premium on getting the ball in the fairway. In years past, we would get flyer lies out of the rough where you could advance it to the green but it would be difficult to get on the green, and now, it's thicker than it has been to where you can't always advance it down to the green.

Q. Almost like the U.S. Open?

PHIL MICKELSON: I wouldn't go that far. I wouldn't say it's that thick, but it's certainly tougher than we've had in years past.

Photo: Phil Mickelson at the 2012 Masters Tournament (Getty Images).

Tiger Woods: Nothing prepares you for pressure of No. 1 ranking

Posted at 9:03 AM by Mike Walker

Tiger_doral_300When Rory McIlroy talked Wednesday about the pressures of being the World No. 1, Tiger Woods understood. Woods first became the No. 1 player in the world on June 15, 1997. He traded the ranking back and forth with Greg Norman, Ernie Els and David Duval for the next couple years. Then, on Aug. 15, 1999, Woods began a run of 264 consecutive weeks at No. 1.

Asked about McIlroy's admission that he was putting a lot of pressure on himself, Woods said that he had to adjust to the pressures of being the world's top player.

Q. If you can go all the way back to when you first ascended to No. 1 Rory talked about the pressure he put on himself to try to back it up and how he found that essentially that resulted in what happened to a degree on Friday. What's the pressure on a newly‑crowned No. 1, what prepares you for that?

TIGER WOODS: Nothing. Nothing prepares you for that. It's just one of those things wherefore me, it happened at 21 years old and I was pretty young, just fresh out of college the year before. And it happened very quickly for me. I won some tournaments, won the Masters, had a pretty good season in'97. For me, it wasn't necessarily the pressure of being No. 1. It was more the scheduling. I had never played that much golf, playing around the world. We have our seasons in college, but we were only playing 12 events during an entire school year. Out here, we are playing 20‑plus events. That was a big, big change for me to be able to play that many tournaments. It didn't take me for‑‑ but probably until '99 that I may an adjustment on scheduling and finally got it right and had some pretty good years after that.

Q. When you got to No. 1 at such a young age, how long did it take for to you realize that everything that you were saying and doing was under an intense spotlight and how long did it take you to stop reading [what was written about you]?

TIGER WOODS: It wasn't when I was No. 1. It happened the first week I turned pro. That was‑‑ that week in Milwaukee was pretty hectic. The weeks subsequent, following that, they weren't exactly easy, because I was are trying to get my card at the time, too, and dealing with a whole new life. You know, I wasn't in college at the same time‑‑ well, could have been playing college golf; I'm playing professional golf and trying to get my card and dealing with a lot of things I've never dealt with before. So that part, when I was No. 1, even after winning the Masters, I think that when I first turned pro in '96 was a little bit more difficult.

Woods also said that he hadn't paid much attention to the hubbub surrounding McIlroy walking off mid-round at the Honda Classic last week, but that he suspected that the media gave it to McIlroy "pretty good."

Q. Following up on Rory, answered every question this morning from the media and took full responsibility and apologized; do you think that the scrutiny was too harsh on him for the reasons that he pulled out last week?

TIGER WOODS: I don't know. I really haven't read much. I've seen a couple things on the ticker, but I've been watching other sporting events. I know he's gotten a little bit, but to the extent that you're saying, I don't know how much. I'm sure that most of you guys have taken it to him pretty good.

Woods had his own mid-round withdrawal at Doral last year when he felt tightness in his left Achilles. On Wednesday, Woods said he feels healthy and he doesn't have to worry about my Achilles or my knee anymore."

Q. When you had to leave last year, was there any fear at the time, here we go again with the injury, were you scared?

TIGER WOODS: Yeah, it was a point that if I kept going, then, yeah, I could have pushed it to that point, just like when I came back and tried to play the Players. So I learned my lesson from the Players and I didn't do it, and consequently I was able to go on and win the next tournament I played in, which was Bay Hill.

Q. Have there been any issues since, or is it something that you have to keep in the back of your mind?

TIGER WOODS: No, I'm actually able to do everything. I don't have to worry about my Achilles or my knee anymore. I can now actually train instead of rehab. I've made some pretty significant gains in my strength, and it feels nice to be able to, as I said, be able to train and not go out there and do the little bitty knickknack rehab things.

Q. How much difference has that made in your game?

TIGER WOODS: That's one reason why I'm hitting it further. I have my legs underneath me and that's where our power is. It's nice to be able to have that and I'm moving the ball out there to where ‑‑ that I know I can again, which is nice.

Photo: Tiger Woods during a practice round at Doral on Wednesday (Getty Images).

 

March 06, 2013

Live Coverage of the 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship - Round 1 Live Blog

Posted at 5:32 PM by Golf.com

Golf.com is live blogging the opening round of the 2013 Cadillac Championship, including the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy-Luke Donald group.

Mobile users copy and paste this link in your browser, http://bit.ly/YPcUfU

Leaderboard | Photos: Round 1 at Doral | Photos: Tiger vs. Rory

February 12, 2013

MIA Tiger Woods to play three straight events starting at Match Play

Posted at 1:01 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger_smileHello, Florida.

Tiger Woods made it official that he would play in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship at Doral in Miami in a statement on his website Tuesday.

Woods disappeared from the PGA Tour after winning the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego last month, but he'll return at the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson next week. Then he'll begin a busy month in Florida, playing the Honda Classic, which begins Feb. 28, followed by Doral.

If he follows his normal schedule, Woods will have an off-week after Doral, when the Tour stops at Innisbrook near Tampa for the Transitions Championship, then he'll return at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, where he is defending champion, on March 24.

Woods doesn't vary his schedule often, but he added the Honda Classic last year. It proved to be a wise choice when Woods shot 62 in the final round -- the lowest final round of his career -- and almost caught winner Rory McIlroy. The Honda is also a home game for Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter Island on Florida's Atlantic coast. Last year, he said that he enjoyed commuting to the course from his home instead of a hotel:

"We travel quite a bit for our sport, and we spend a lot of time on the road. So it's always nice to have time to be able to play and stay at home at the same time. I think it's great to have an opportunity, because you can have your friends and family come out. We don't have that chance; we don't spend half the season at home like most professional teams do. We are always on the road. So it's nice to have them out and watching and supporting."

The Honda Classic tournament organizers liked having Woods as well. According to WPTV-News in West Palm Beach, ticket sales for the tournament increased 30 percent last year.

Related Photos: Classic Pictures of Tiger Woods

Related Photos: Rory McIlroy Life in Pictures

Photo: Tiger Woods smiles after making an eagle on the third hole during his final-round 62 at the 2012 Honda Classic (Getty Images).




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