We love these multiple-event weeks on the PGA Tour. It’s an opportunity for some Cleveland Golf/Srixon staffers to compete against the very best at Doral, while others can earn some valuable World Ranking and FedEx Cup points in Puerto Rico.
World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship
This event, reserved for 75 of the best players in the world, takes place at the famous Doral Resort in Miami, Fla. The resort was recently purchased by real estate mogul Donald Trump, who showed up on site this week.
They don’t call this course the Blue Monster for nothing. Weather is almost always a factor at this lengthy, bunker-laden track, and winds have been gusting all week – sometimes up to 30mph. With weather like this, our staffers spent most of their time dialing in their short games and putting, since it’s hard to get much out of full-swing practice in these conditions. As is usually the case at these top-tier events, equipment work was relegated to the normal maintenance of lofts and lies and a few re-grips – this way, players can focus more on practice instead of club-building.
These WGC events also allow us to see some of our European staffers we don’t normally have much time with in the States. This week, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano is back in the U.S. after he was in Arizona a few weeks ago for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Gonzo, as he is called, is a terrific talent and really interesting guy. We always enjoy our time with him and hope he continues to climb the Official World Golf Rankings so everyone will have the opportunity to see more of him (he’s currently 50th).
Check out some photos of Gonzo here.
Puerto Rico Open
As mentioned before, this event is a great opportunity for our staffers to make a big move up the money list. Every dollar is important as players try to position themselves before the next reshuffle. We have some players in the field that have gotten off to solid starts this season and want to continue that momentum, and others that really need to ignite their year.
No real club work is done down in Puerto Rico, since logistically it can’t really happen. However, we did have to tackle one equipment emergency.
At least a few times a year, an airline baggage handler will manage to take out some aggression on one of our staffers’ travel bags – leaving us to put the pieces back together. This week, Ted Potter, Jr. was the unlucky victim. The airline broke his Launcher Ultralite TL310 driver, but we were able to send him a replacement the next day from our tour department in Huntington Beach.
There are always some cool stories that come out of Monday Qualifying for PGA Tour events. This week, two of our CG/Srixon tour players – developmental staffer Derek Tolan and Nationwide Tour member Andy Matthews – both played their way into the field. We certainly wish them the best this week as they look to make their stamp on the PGA Tour.
Next week we are off to the iconic Bay Hill Club & Lodge for the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
‘Til next week…