Doral gets 1st true test at Cadillac Championship

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DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Ernie Els has been playing at Doral for two decades, so the approaching roar of jet engines over the Blue Monster late in the afternoon is not unusual. What got his attention was the sound of chopping rotors.

The Donald had returned.

The helicopter belonging to Donald Trump, the proud owner of what is now Trump National Doral, was making another landing. A two-club wind became a four-club wind. It was quite a scene, and the Big Easy smiled big as he said, “I think that thing has come and gone seven times today.”

Els then asked the more pertinent question of the day.

“What are the boys saying about this place?” he said Wednesday as he finished up a twilight practice round on a course that is entirely different under the handiwork of Gil Hanse.

The answer: Check back on Thursday.

Because that’s when it counts.

The Cadillac Championship gets underway with great uncertainty - about the golf course, about Tiger Woods, about who is No. 1.

Even the players who have been here almost as long as 20-year-old Jordan Spieth has been on earth are starting from scratch this week. The routing of the 18 holes goes in the same direction. Everything else about the place is new.


Consider a release issued by the PGA Tour detailing the changes on the Blue Monster:

-Rebuilt and reshaped all the greens.

-Rebuilt and repositioned all the bunkers.

-Rebuilt all the tees.

-Rebuilt all the fairways.

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