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2013 WGC Cadillac Championship - TV Schedule & Predictions

posted Mar 1, 2013, 7:43 PM by Simon Nguyen

The 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship is scheduled for March 7-10 at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral. This is the year's second world golf championship. The defending champion is Justin Rose. Below are TV schedule and predictions for 2013 WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.

TV Schedule

*Subject to change

United States
Thursday March 7 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (2 PM ET)
Friday March 8 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (2 PM ET)
Saturday March 9 - Round 3 - NBC (2 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 2 PM ET)
Sunday March 10 - Final Round - NBC (3 PM ET) - Golf Channel (Bonus coverage only - 3 PM ET)

United Kingdom
Thursday March 7 - Round 1 - Sky Sports 3 (7 PM BT)
Friday March 8 - Round 2 - Sky Sports 3 (7 PM BT)
Saturday March 9 - Round 3 - Sky Sports 1 (5 PM BT)
Sunday March 10 - Final Round - Sky Sports 2 (5 PM BT)

Predictions

1. Winner's Prediction: Matt Kuchar. Success at the TPC Blue Monster depends on how hard you can crush the ball (because of the generous fairways), how well you can handle the many bunkers on this course and how good of a wind player you are. The 5-time PGA Tour winner certainly has all of these qualities. Kuchar can drive the ball a long way, possesses a magnificent short game and is a terrific wind player (with a Players Championship as proof). Not surprisingly, he has never finished outside the top 10 at this event. Moreover, Kuchar comes into this championship in fantastic form. In five starts this season, he finished outside of the top 16 only once and won a WGC title just two weeks ago. Kuchar is an easy pick for this week.

2. Dark Horse: Nicholas Colsaerts.
The Belgian first year as a full-time PGA Tour member has not been ideal to this point, but he is still very capable of producing a big surprise. The Blue Monster perfectly suits his game. Colsaerts can out-drive anyone in this field, which should help him overpowering the four Par 5s on this course. He is used to the windy conditions as he has spent most of his career playing in Europe, where Florida-like conditions are common. For a golfer with great power, Colsaerts also has excellent touch around the green. Don't be surprise to see him lurking on the first page of the leaderboard.

3. Player to Watch:  Dustin Johnson. For Johnson, it has been either feast or famine. When he plays well, there are few players who could overpower a golf course the way he could. When he does not play well, he is all over the place. The same player who won the first event of the season also missed the cut 3 times (4 times if you count the quick first round exit at the match play championship.) In theory, Doral should be an excellent fit for Johnson; he is very long off the tee and has a decent short game. But the problem is mental and not physical. Unless he becomes more consistent, he will be known as an underachiever.

4. Top Favorites: 1. Matt Kuchar | 2. Nick Watney (His game fits the course well, one win and one runner-up here since 2008) | 3. Tiger Woods (6-time winner -- 1 win and several top 10s since the WGC event moved to Doral) | 4. Bubba Watson (Another guy who can hit it a long way, solid short game) | 5. Justin Rose (Defending champion, solid player in all aspects of the game).


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