So we’ve pretty much covered the Donald Trump angle by now, and the World Golf Championship’s move to Mexico for 2017. Time for a few moments devoted to Doral’s history as a spectacular setting for superstar golf, part beauty, part beast, all drama.
Here’s a list of 10 great moments during the run of the Doral Open as presented through the years by a list of sponsors including Eastern Airlines and Ryder and Ford and Cadillac.
Put them in any order you like or add a few dozen more. While the Honda Classic was bouncing all over South Florida looking for its forever home in Palm Beach Gardens, these are the kind of things you could always find at Doral.
- 2005 – The Duel at Doral. Phil Mickelson has a two-shot lead going into final round but is edged by Tiger Woods in head-to-head competition before massive crowds. Tiger won Sunday 69-66 but Phil almost chipped in on No. 18 to force a playoff.
- 1990 – Greg Norman shoots his way into a playoff with a final-round 62 and then chips in for eagle on the first extra hole to beat Paul Azinger, Mark Calcavecchia and Tim Simpson. One of three Doral titles for the Shark.
- 2004 – Craig Parry wins a playoff with Scott Verplank by holing out from 176 yards with a 7-iron. That’s how Stephen Curry would win tournaments if he were a pro golfer.
- 1980 – Raymond Floyd chips in from off the green on the second playoff hole to beat Jack Nicklaus. Altogether Floyd won three Doral titles and Nicklaus won two.
- 1978 – Jack Nicklaus shot a 65 on Sunday to make it exciting. Included in the charge was an eagle on No. 10, which put Tom Weiskopf on notice. Ahead by four when the round began, Weiskopf shot 68 to win by a stroke.
- 2009 – Phil Mickelson beats Nick Watney by a stroke and it takes rounds of 65, 66, 69 and 69 to do it.
- 2006 – Tiger Woods opens with a 64 and Camilo Villegas with a 65, putting two popular names on top of the leaderboard right away. The excitement builds all weekend as the two jockey back and forth. Tiger holds on to beat Camilo by one.
- 1973 – Lee Trevino goes wire to wire to win his only Doral, edging Bruce Crampton and Tom Weiskopf by a stroke.
- 1988 – Ben Crenshaw shoots a 66 on Sunday to win by one over Mark McCumber and Chip Beck with Raymond Floyd right behind.
- 1962 – Billy Casper wins the inaugural Doral by one shot over Paul Bondeson. Casper was four shots back with eight holes to play.
That’s just part of the story but clearly there was something for everyone across of couple of generations.
PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem talked about returning to Doral some day but that doesn’t seem likely. The message itself was mixed, with Finchem talking about the need to find “the right property.”
Trump owns all the property at Doral, and it doesn’t sound like there’s anything that could make that relationship right again. Meanwhile, if a PGA tour stop ever is played at another Miami course, it won’t be Doral.
It will be just another golf tournament.