Let’s be honest — the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament selection show was the clear #1 sports story for this past weekend. The highly anticipated field of 68 teams is set, meaning March Madness is here! However, while Conference Championship games were played throughout the day and the NCAA Tournament Committee was hard at work in their “war room”, the gentlemen of the PGA Tour were singularly focused on tackling the TPC Blue Monster course at Doral.
This weekend, the WGC-Cadillac Championship was a tour event full of Sunday storylines. Bubba Watson, the clubhouse leader through 54 holes, began the day at 17-under Par. It took only 4 holes for Bubba to forfeit the outright lead, combining his bogey on the 4th with Justin Rose’s birdies on the 1st and 4th. Watson was nearly able to recover from his front 9 debacle with an incredible 4-iron on the 18th hole, but he could not sink the birdie putt to send the tournament into a playoff.
Rose held firm with the lead throughout the rest of his final round, holding off a surge from the World’s #1 Ranked Golfer, Rory McIlroy, who was able to pull within one stoke. He finished the weekend he top 10 in both greens in regulation and putting average en route to his first ever World Golf Championship event.
Of course, even with his remarkable play, Justin Rose’s victory takes second position to the news that Tiger Woods decided to withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship after his tee shot on the 12th Hole. Woods was clearly in pain after crushing a 321-yard drive down the middle of the fairway and sited soreness in his left Achilles tendon. If you recall, Tiger experienced a similar injury last year at The Masters, which forced him from PGA Tour competition for nearly 4 months. There’s no doubt ESPN will keep us informed of Wood’s day-to-day status, but hopefully today’s withdrawal was just a precaution so Tiger will be 100% healthy for Augusta in 4 weeks.