March 11 2012
DORAL, Fla. -- The final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship has concluded and Justin Rose is the champion at TPC Blue Monster at Doral. Check below for news, notes and update from the afternoon.
UPDATES (All times ET)
6:48 p.m.: Bubba Watson hit a miraculous approach shot into the par-4 18th hole to give himself a 10-foot putt for birdie -- and a spot in a playoff with Justin Rose -- but the putt dropped just below the hole. Rose (-16) is your winner at TPC Blue Monster.
6:30 p.m.: Justin Rose bogeys the 72nd hole to take the clubhouse lead at 16 under. Only Bubba Watson can catch him. The big left hander missed the 18th fairway to the right and will need to make a very difficult birdie to force a playoff with the Englishman.
6:10 p.m.: Rory McIlroy posts 14 under for the clubhouse lead. Justin Rose makes par out of a fairway bunker on No. 17 to stay at 17 under. Bubba Watson still two back through 16.
5:47 p.m.: Justin Rose's birdie on No. 14, coupled with a Bubba Watson bogey on No. 13, has the Englishman two clear of the pack at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Watson, Keegan Bradley and Rory McIlroy are two off the pace.
5:30 p.m.: Oh how quickly things change. Yesterday, Bubba Watson lost a four-shot lead to Justin Rose over a three-hole stretch. He regained his lead by day's end, but lost it again with four bogeys in an eight-hole stretch. Now with back-to-back birdies, Watson is at 16 under and tied with Rose atop the leaderboard at TPC Blue Monster.
5:14 p.m.: Overnight leader Bubba Watson found his first birdie since the opening hole on No. 11 to pull into a second-place tie with playing competitor Keegan Bradley, one shot behind leader Justin Rose at TPC Blue Monster. Watson had four bogeys on his card and is 2 over for the day, but is still in good position as he chases his fourth PGA TOUR victory.
5:01 p.m.: Rory McIlroy eagles No. 12 and pars the 13th while Keegan Bradley drops a shot on No. 10. They're tied at 15 under, one shot behind leader Justin Rose. Peter Hanson, Bubba Watson are still two off the pace.
4:43 p.m.:: Tiger Woods has withdrawn from the tournament with a leg injury. Click for more .
4:05 p.m.: Tiger Woods won’t be winning for a fourth time here. not after making the turn in 2 over with a couple of bogeys and zero birdies on the front nine. It’s the first time Woods has failed to birdie at least one hole on the front here all week. Meanwhile, Rory McIlory is suddenly in contention just four shots back after making the turn in a mistake-free 3 under. McIlroy had a chance to cut the deficit to just two, but he slid his 14-footer on No. 9 just past the hole.
3:45 p.m.: Three straight bogeys by Bubba Watson have dropped him out of the lead and a stroke behind Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose. Watson has made an absolute mess of the last three holes, twice hitting it in the water. If there is a bright side for Watson, it’s that he’s made a couple of pretty clutch bogey putts to at least stay within reach of the lead in a round that could have been even uglier.
3:25 p.m.: If there’s such a thing as a big bogey save, Bubba Watson just had one. After hitting his second shot into the water on No. 3, Watson curled in a 25-footer for bogey to keep the lead. Keegan Bradley had a chance to stay one back, but he missed his 7-footer for par to drop into third two strokes back. Now in second? Justin Rose, who birdied the par-3 fourth in the group ahead to get to 2 under on his round.
3:15 p.m.: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods aren’t having quite the start they did on Saturday. Through his first five holes today, McIlroy has just one birdie -- on the par-5 first -- and four pars. Woods, meanwhile, has opened with five straight pars a day after opening with three straight birdies. Luke Donald, on the other hand, has three birdies in his first six holes to move into a tie for fourth. Donald could move back to No. 1 in the world if he finishes inside the top 4 and Rory McIlroy finishes far enough down the leaderboard.
2:55 p.m.: With conditions again soft because of more rain earlier today, and very little wind, players continue to score well at TPC Blue Monster at Doral. case in point: Keegan Bradley, who opened with an eagle after rolling in a 24-footer on what’s by far been the easiest hole on the golf course. That gets him to within two of lead Bubba Watson, who made birdie there from the edge of the green. Meanwhile, Charl Schwartzel continues to play well. He’s now 3 under and tied for fourth six shots back after a birdie on the par-4 fifth hole.
2:30 p.m.: The leaders are 10 minutes away from teeing off here at TPC Blue Monster at Doral, where it’s been raining for a little while now. No one has caught Bubba Watson yet, but there are some low scores being put up. Luke Donald and Charl Schwartzel are already 2 under through their first three holes. Hunter Mahan started his round eagle-birdie, but he triple-bogeyed the third hole to fall back to even par. That hole has claimed a few victims today with Sergio Garcia making a 12 there earlier and Simon Dyson a 9.
2 p.m.: Paul Casey aced the par-3 15th hole Sunday. Unfortunately for Casey, it didn’t win him a Cadillac. The car giveaway is on the 13th hole. Casey thought he had won the car, however, and was going to give it to his caddie it appeared, until he was informed he in fact hadn’t won it. Click here to see the hole-in-one .