I’m here at the redesigned Trump National Doral, where one of the golf’s most iconic courses has undergone a $200 million renovation ahead of this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Well Donald Trump’s been out and about on the practice facilities to welcome some of the world’s top players to the resort, including recent WGC Accenture Match Play champion Jason Day. Named the Blue Monster due to the water on 18, the hazard now comes into play on 14 of the holes meaning the new-look course will stay true to its original name. Well I went to have quick chat with Donald Trump:
“Well I think we’ve built one of the great golf courses of the world and it’s really exciting to see the players come here. It’s brand new, we took Doral and blew it up. Gil Hanse is the hot architect and we designed something that is the highest standards of golf and everybody’s loving it and we’re going to have a great week.”
And why did you choose Gil as the architect? “Well I just loved his style, I’ve loved some of the work he has done, it was his big break and now as you know he’s got the Olympic course in Rio de Janiero because of this and it’s been really terrific and he’s done a great job - we’re very happy.”
What will the guys need in their game over the new Trump National Doral this week?
“Well I think it’s very fair but you have to be long, you have to be strong and you have to have touch but don’t we all.”
The major storyline heading into this week’s proceedings will be Tiger Woods’ potential involvement. The world number may not be back to defend his title after withdrawing 13 holes into his final round of the Honda Classic due to a back problem. Woods is yet to make a decision but only has this and the Arnold Palmer Invitational on his schedule ahead of The Masters.
Well, that’s all for today we’ll be back tomorrow for more news from the Golfing World. Find us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the #GWTV. Bye for now.