Everything has come up roses for Rosy as Justin wins the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral. He won by one shot from Bubba Watson, who had an erratic round of 2 over par 74, compared to Justin’s -2 under par 70. In his post round interview Justin was pretty pleased with his early season win;
“It really is a great day. It’s been a great week. It’s been a great two weeks to be honest with you. I’ve been very focused on just sort of seeing this whole Florida Swing as like a body of work and not really trying to put too much focus on any individual tournament. And I kind of knew I was playing well and if I just kept out of my own way for the most part and kept thinking well and doing the right things, I had a feeling something good might happen in these four weeks and I’m kind of including the next two weeks, as well. For this little beauty to show up on my mantle piece so early in the season, definitely a fantastic feeling, and you know, it sets up a very exciting year.”
Bubba Watson said he had given it his best shot, he and his caddy had just misread the last putt on the 18th green, the break being more than they had anticipated;
“Today I felt really good waking up. I felt no meshes. I was ready to go. Pulled my first tee shot, still made birdie, almost made eagle and then pulled the next shot off the tee and sliced the next one. The ball position was a little off: I was a little too close to it, too far from it. Takes a few holes to figure it out and then I had some chances on the back nine. I really fought hard and had some chances on the back nine and just didn’t make some putts. But then on 18, I had 191 out of the rough, no grass behind the ball so I could make solid contact with it and hit a pure 4 iron, a low bullet 4 iron and just misread the putt. We just didn’t give enough. We thought it was not going to break as much and it broke about three inches too much.”g
Rory McIlroy finished in third spot, after a good round of – 5 under for a last round total of 67, two shots off the lead. He recalled how tough 18 was today;
“Yeah, you know, 18 today was playing brutal, probably the toughest it’s played all week. I hit a really good second shot through the trees. It just jumped on me a little bit and ran through the back of the green and drew a pretty bad lie there. Especially with water on the other side of the pin, I didn’t want to be too ambitious.”
Luke Donald finished at -12 for the tournament, another trademark top ten finish for the consistent ex world #1.
Tiger Woods had to withdraw from the tournament after hitting his tee shot on the 12th tee, he said;
“I felt tightness in my left Achilles warming up this morning, and it continued to get progressively worse. After hitting my tee shot at 12, I decided it was necessary to withdraw. In the past, I may have tried to continue to play, but this time, I decided to do what I thought was necessary.”
Apparently this is the same Achilles tendon Tiger injured about a year ago at the Masters. That injury forced Woods to miss three months of golf, including two majors. Tiger changed his shoes at the turn, but his limp became more obvious concluding with his withdrawal at 12.