Blue Monster has golfers seeing red

Fri Mar 7, 2014 8:49pm EST
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By Steve Keating

DORAL, Florida (Reuters) - The Blue Monster had some players seeing red after a tough day at the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday left only four golfers below par at the midway point of the $9 million event.

Prior to the opening round golfers had sung the praises of the redesigned course but many were singing a different tune after whipping winds allowed the Blue Monster to show its true colors.

Business magnate Donald Trump, who has poured $250 million into renovating the Trump National Doral Resort, hailed architect Gil Hanse's creation as big, bold and fair.

Few have disputed Trump's 'big' and 'bold' assessment of his property but some like Briton Luke Donald were left questioning the fairness of the layout.

"I'm sure Mr. Trump wanted something pretty hard and a test, a World Golf Championships, he wanted something severe but it's bordering on unfair on a few holes," said Donald after slumping to a 10-over 82.

Golfers were left stunned by the extent of the renovations that have taken place since Tiger Woods claimed his seventh WGC-Cadillac championship last year.

The course was stretched 150 yards, more bunkers and trees added while greens were completely reworked with testing undulations.

On the old course water hazards came into play on just six holes but now feature on 14.   Continued...