Sunday, March 13, 2011

Dj American FirepowerEuropean players have been dominating the headlines for several months, especially with Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell in the top four spots in the world rankings. But heading into the final round at Doral, there are American flags next to three of the four names at the top of the leaderboard.
Dustin Johnson leads by two strokes after a 7-under 65 on Saturday. Johnson opened with two top 10s in 2011, but he's failed to crack the top 25 in his last four starts. With a win on Sunday, Johnson would capture his fifth-career title, further cementing his status as the best twenty-something on Tour.
Two shots back are Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney. Kuchar and Watney have notched four top 10s this season, tied for the most on Tour. A win would be mean more than another trophy and a big paycheck for both players. Kuchar is already heading toward his third-straight top-10 finish in a World Golf Championship event, and a win would position him as one of the favorites for Augusta and a possible challenger for the No. 1 ranking.
Watney, who was tied for the lead until a double bogey on 18, is likely going to record his seventh straight top-10 finish dating back to last season. But a win would be his third-career title, which would tie him with fellow twenty-somethings Sean O'Hair, Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim, Aaron Baddeley and Hunter Mahan. Luke's FinishDonald, who is tied for second with Kuchar and Watney, is trying to win his second-straight WGC title after capturing the Match Play title last month. Donald would be in elite company if he were to pull out a victory at Doral. Only Tiger Woods has won back-to-back WGC titles (he's actually done it on six different occasions). 
But if Donald's going to win, he'll have to overcome his troubles on the tough par-4 18th, which played as the toughest hole in the third round. Donald has bogeyed the hole the last two days, and at 467 yards, the 18th will play much longer for Donald, who's been averaging 272 yards off the tee this week.
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