As the tours combine and get set to hit South Beach for some fun in the Florida sun, the Blue Monster awaits ready to swallow up the hopes dreams and Pro V1’s of the world’s best golfers. Doral is a stout challenge and there remains no shortage of storylines heading into the second WGC of the season.
Group Most Likely To Tell Jack Nicklaus To Go Fishing: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald
With the tour swinging through Florida the Golden Bear sure has had a lot to say regarding the state of the game telling Tiger to “get with it” in order to catch his record 18 majors and also talking to Rory about how a true artist never blames his tools. I wonder what Jack has to say about the Golf Boys last hit single ‘2.Oh”?
Group Most Likely To Appear In This Month’s Edition Of Tiger Beat: Rickie Fowler, Thorbjorn Olesen and Matteo Manassero
Following this group around the course will be a lot like attending a One Direction concert what with all the screaming teenage girls flocking to catch a glimpse of their favorite matinee idols. But unlike what happened to the popular British boy band hopefully an over exuberant fan doesn’t launch some piece of footwear towards Thorbjorn Olesen’s groin area.
Group Most Likely Auditioning For A Role In Peter Jackson’s Next Film: Robert Garrigus, Thaworn Wiratchant and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
These three guys sound like they’d be better off storming the Misty Mountains of Middle Earth rather than the Blue Monster of Doral. Who knows, if they’re lucky maybe Led Zeppelin will write a song about them too.
Group Most Likely To Spend An Evening With LeBron: Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Matt Kuchar
Poulter is an Orlando Magic season ticket holder and his team visits the Miami Heat, winners of 15 in a row, on Wednesday night. LeBron and company shouldn’t face much resistance from the lowly Magic as the Heat continue to march towards the top seed in the East where they will enter the postseason as the heavy favorites to repeat as NBA champs.
For those that continue to dismiss the NBA as a me first league full of isolation plays and egos you need to watch LeBron James play basketball. Not only is he the most talented player in the world but he’s also one of the hardest workers with relentless hustle on both ends of the court. There was a play in last weekend’s Heat/Knicks where LeBron grabbed the defensive rebound, fired an outlet pass to a teammate standing at half court and then proceeded to speed down the court beating all five defenders for an uncontested layup. Sure this play says as much about New York’s defensive apathy as it does LeBron’s effort but the fact remains that he is a special talent in the prime of his career who will go down as one of the best basketball players of all time.
Group Most Likely Found In The Presence Of The Donald: Ernie Els, Nick Watney and Bo Van Pelt
Trump and Els recently announced a partnership that will enable the Big Easy to raise even more money for his “Els For Autism” charity. While it’s easy to remain critical of the Donald’s nauseating narcissism it’s also nice to see him channeling some of his vast resources towards a very noble cause.
Group Most Likely To Be Caught Making Out With Their Caddie: Steve Stricker, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson
Stricker’s wife Nickie will be on the bag this week in Miami after the couple decided a few years back to make it a once a year thing. Mrs. Stricker comes in with some serious experience having caddied for her husband back in 1996 when he won twice on tour. This means that between the Strickers and the Mickelson/Bones tandem there’s going to be more PDA in this group than a high school cafeteria.
Group Most Likely To Win The 2013 WGC-Cadillac Championship: Martin Kaymer, Jim Furyk and Padraig Harrington
Kaymer just seems like he’s getting close to a breakthrough after slogging through a difficult 2012 plus Furyk and Harrington are always capable of grinding out a surprising victory.