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WORLD GOLF CHAMPIONSHIPS- CADILLAC CHAMPIONSHIP


Justin Rose plays his tee shot at the par-4 16th hole on TPC Blue Monster.


March 7-10


TPC Blue Monster (Par 72/7,334 yards) Doral, Florida


IN THE EARLY DAYS of the PGA TOUR, there was no PGA TOUR.


If you go back to the early


1930s, the TOUR as it existed was largely a loose string of tournaments where club professionals would take time off from their lessons to play in local events or selected national events such as the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, the Western Open (now the BMW Championship), the old North & South Open at Pinehurst and the Canadian Open. Since most of these club pros had their winters off, a circuit developed in warm weather states such as California, Arizona, Texas and Florida. The purses weren’t


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much but there was a lot of camaraderie.


popularity,


As the game grew in emerging


stars


such as Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and Jimmy Demaret became celebrities in their own right, earning their place in newspapers


and newsreels. It wasn’t long before hotel owners and real estate developers realized that bringing this fledgling TOUR to their towns and properties was a truly excellent way to get some free publicity, especially if you scheduled your


tournaments while the nation’s sports writers were in the area for baseball’s spring training and might like to eat lunch someplace more appealing than a press box.


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The course record set by Stephen Ames in 2000.


In the late 1950s, Alfred Kaskel set out to build a world-class destination, the Doral Resort & Spa. But unlike most developers, who instinctively looked towards the Atlantic Ocean, Kaskel looked west towards a vast expanse of undeveloped swamp and marshland. That the price was right was undoubtedly part of its appeal. To say he met with more than his share of skeptics is an understatement


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