Top class CA field faces Blue Monster

The second World Golf Championship of 2010 begins Thursday when the World Golf Championship-CA event is played at the famed, perhaps even notorious, Blue Monster layout at Doral Resort and Spa in Miami.

The event has been played as a World Golf Championship event since 1999 but in that time it has been played on only three occasions at the Blue Monster. Tiger Woods, Geoff Ogilvy and Phil Mickelson are the winners in those three years but earlier the original Dick Wilson and Robert von Hagge layout has played host to a PGA Tour event since 1962.

The defending champion in 2010 is the world number three Phil Mickelson who last year won at Doral for the first occasion in his long and illustrious career when defeating Nick Watney by one shot.

The world's leading ranked player in this week's field, Steve Stricker, is playing this particular event for only the third occasion. In 2008 Stricker put together a brilliant final round of 63 to finish 6th, his best effort in this event. Stricker finished 13th behind Mickelson last year but with a run of great form to start 2010 he deserves to be the favourite ahead of a relatively out of sorts Mickelson.

It might be tough for Camilo Villegas to back up after such a tough and successful week last week but he has played well at the Blue Monster previously and if ever there was a player fit enough to handle such demands it is the Colombian.

Geoff Ogilvy has a victory in this event in 2008 to his credit and another very impressive third place finish behind Tiger Woods in 2007. Ogilvy won the first event of the season in Hawaii but since then he has not been at the top of his game. This is clearly a golf course he enjoys and as such he could well return to form.

Sergio Garcia is an interesting participant in this field. He has not played particularly well of late but there were glimpses at the Accenture when he finished 4th and he has played well in this event. This could be a good week for him to bounce back to the prominence he once enjoyed in world golf.

Jim Furyk is taking a while to get warmed up this year but, by the same token, he has not played badly. He enjoys a great record at the Blue Monster having won and been inside the top three on several occasions including the last two years.

The Australian challenge has been added to with the inclusion of one or two players who have achieved money list milestones around the world, in addition to those who would normally have made the field via world ranking. Presnell is guaranteed at least US$38,000 just for teeing it up this week although his recent round of 60 at the Victorian PGA Championship suggests his aims are higher than that this week.

Ogilvy will be joined Robert Allenby, Adam Scott, Marc Leishman, John Senden and Michael Sim.

Presnell gets his chance courtesy of his two position on the 2009 Australasian Tour money list and for Victorian this will be his first start in a PGA Tour event.

The tournament has a purse of US$8,500,000 with US$1,530,000 to the winner.

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