Woods, Scott eager to tame new-look Blue Monster

Wed Mar 5, 2014 5:45pm EST
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By Steve Keating

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and a nasty Blue Monster will share the spotlight at this week's WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, where a new world number one may be crowned.

The world's top 50 ranked players have arrived in Miami to take on a famed Blue Monster Course that has been made even more frightening after a $250 million renovation.

Celebrity business magnate and resort owner Donald Trump described the new layout as big, bold and fair on Wednesday and players echoed that assessment heralding the rebirth of what is regarded as one of the PGA Tour's toughest courses.

The Blue Monster will provide a worthy stage for a mouth-watering showdown between the world's top two-ranked players in defending champion Woods and world number two Scott.

If Scott wins the tournament and Woods finishes seventh or worse, the Australian will bump him from top of the rankings.

"I don't know how Tiger feels about it but it's obviously a position (number one) he's pretty comfortable with for a long time throughout his career and I can assure you from knowing him just a little bit, it's a position he probably wouldn't want to give up," said Scott. "It would be a dream come true to make it to that point."

After withdrawing from Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic with back spasms, Woods declared himself fit on Wednesday to defend his title and ranking.

In 13 career starts at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, Woods has seven wins, the last four coming at the Doral resort.   Continued...

Mar 2, 2014; Palm Beach Gardens, FL, USA; Tiger Woods drives on nine during the final round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National GC Champion Course. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports