Fantasy Tip Sheet: WGC-Cadillac Championship

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The stars will be out this week, with the top 13 players in our Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings in the field at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Rory McIlroy will return to the course for the first time since walking off of it at the Honda Classic, while Tiger Woods will look to add his second PGA Tour title of the season.

Our fantasy panel is a bit divided on its favorite this week, although South African Charl Schwartzel is garnering the most attention after a solid start to his season.

Others to keep an eye on: Luke Donald and Matt Kuchar, both steady players with good putters.

Our picks this week feature a player inside the top 30 of the Sagarins, and an "underdog" outside the top 30.

Check out the picks:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Charl Schwartzel

He's a top-10 machine - six consecutive top-10s in medal play on PGA and European tours combined. And Doral suits him - T-4 last year and was second in 2010.

Charles Howell III

He has improved his short game and simplified his oft-mechanical approach to golf. Hence, he has taken a step up and is consistently performing at a high level. Has six top-15 finishes in his last nine Tour starts.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel ($156,000); wild card: Chris Kirk ($14,040). 2013 total: $3,176,039

McCabe Charl Schwartzel

Has had a second and a share of fourth in two of his last three stops here and if you ignore the Accenture Match Play Championship when snow and cold visited, the South African as perhaps been the best player in the world this year.

Geoff Ogilvy

Amazing how quickly things can turn around. Arrived in Florida with his game intact but his mental state a bit fragile. But having played beautifully at the Honda and settled into a Doral landscape where he has won, it appears both aspects are in a good place.

Winner: Justin Rose ($156,000); wild card: Geoff Ogilvy ($648,000). 2013 total: $2,717,850

Martin Charl Schwartzel

Tough to pick between Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel. I'm going with Schwartzel, the runner-up here in 2010. He also finished fourth at Doral last year, and is coming off a ninth-place finish at the Honda Classic.

Keegan Bradley

The Florida resident is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Honda Classic. He finished eighth at Doral last year.

Winner: Justin Rose ($156,000); wild card: Justin Hicks ($12,540). 2013 total: $1,486,230

Ringler Matt Kuchar

Kuchar has placed in the top 10 in each of his last three starts at Doral. Posted four top-10s in last six worldwide starts with a win two weeks ago in the WGC-Match Play Championship.

Hunter Mahan

So far in 2013, Mahan appears to be a safe play each week. Has posted five top-15 finishes in last five starts. T-9 in this event two years ago.

Winner: Justin Rose ($156,000); wild card: Billy Horschel ($16,632). 2013 total: $2,773,518

Miceli Justin Rose

I know he is defending, but he is playing well and has proven he can win at the Blue Monster.

Geoff Ogilvy

Is he starting a run? I believe so and he has had success at Doral in the past.

Winner: DNP; wild card: DNP. 2013 total: $486,460

Masuda Luke Donald

A pair of T-6 finishes at Doral the past two years, and hasn't finished outside the top 20 in his last six stroke-play events. That's money.

Graeme McDowell

Finished T-13 last season and T-6 two years ago. The guy is a grinder and that is the perfect attitude at Doral.

Winner: Lee Westwood ($156,000); wild card: Russell Henley ($109,200). 2013 total: $3,426,608

The WGC-Cadillac Championship field according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings

  • 1. Luke Donald
  • 2. Adam Scott
  • 3. Tiger Woods
  • 4. Matt Kuchar
  • 5. Jim Furyk
  • 6. Steve Stricker
  • 7. Jason Dufner
  • 8. Justin Rose
  • 9. Phil Mickelson
  • 10. Ian Poulter
  • 11. Bo Van Pelt
  • 12. Lee Westwood
  • 13. Sergio Garcia
  • 15. Bubba Watson
  • 16. Robert Garrigus
  • 17. Dustin Johnson
  • 18. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 19. Ryan Moore
  • 20. Francesco Molinari
  • 21. Charl Schwartzel
  • 22. Jason Day
  • 24. Rory McIlroy
  • 25. Webb Simpson
  • 26. Zach Johnson
  • 27. Hunter Mahan
  • 29. Nick Watney
  • 30. Ernie Els
  • 32. Jamie Donaldson
  • 33. Peter Hanson
  • 34. Rickie Fowler
  • 35. Scott Piercy
  • 36. Matteo Manassero
  • 37. Keegan Bradley
  • 38. Freddie Jacobson
  • 39. John Senden
  • 40. Carl Pettersson
  • 41. Graeme McDowell
  • 43. Bill Haas
  • 44. Geoff Ogilvy
  • 45. Nicolas Colsaerts
  • 49. Martin Kaymer
  • 55. Padraig Harrington
  • 57. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
  • 58. Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 59. Paul Lawrie
  • 62. Rafael Cabrera Bello
  • 64. Charles Howell III
  • 70. Branden Grace
  • 71. George Coetzee
  • 75. Marcus Fraser
  • 76. Marcel Siem
  • 79. Hiroyuki Fujita
  • 82. John Huh
  • 85. Tim Clark
  • 97. John Merrick
  • 101. Alexander Noren
  • 103. Russell Henley
  • 104. Richard Sterne
  • 108. Thaworn Wiratchant
  • 126. Stephen Gallacher
  • 129. David Lynn
  • 141. Chris Wood
  • 147. Brian Gay
  • 203. Michael Thompson
  • 289. Scott Jamieson
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