Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy Ready for WGC-Cadillac Championship

Joseph SeymourContributor IIIMarch 6, 2012

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 28:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Tiger Woods of the USA during the third round of Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on January 28, 2012 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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The golfing world has a new No. 1 player in Rory McIlroy, after his victory on Sunday at the Honda Classic.

Tiger Woods shot a career-low round of 62 that included 2 Eagles, 4 Birdies and 12 Pars, but came up two strokes short of McIlroy, who played a mediocre round but made no big mistakes.

Phil Mickelson took the week off and will come into the WGC-Cadillac Championship refreshed and ready to play.

This weekend looks set to be exciting, as the three most popular players on tour appear to be on the their A games. This weekend will also give us a little sneak preview of these players as we get closer and closer to that pretty popular tournament in April that everyone is talking about.

If history at the WGC-Cadillac Championship gives you any indication of how things may play out, Tiger Woods has the best odds. He's played the tournament 11 times and has never finished outside of the top 10. Oh, he's also won the event six times with his last win coming in 2007.

Rory McIlroy is coming off a great win at the Honda Classic, where he played solid golf all week. On Sunday, when Tiger was shooting up the leaderboard, Rory kept his composure and made few mistakes. 

He seems to have enough experience at this point not to be blowing leads when he's contention. 

Everyone remembers the Masters last year, when he carded a final-round 80 after having the 54-hole lead.  He did go on to win the U.S. Open in record fashion, giving him the confidence he needs to close out big tournaments.

Phil Mickelson will play for the first time since his stellar win at the AT&T National Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Phil's game is exactly where it needs to be, especially considering all of the personal issues he's had over the last few months with his family.

Besides his 2009 victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, the tournament hasn't been one in which he generally performs well. Other than the win three years ago, his best finish in nine tournaments was a T-14.

All three of these players are primed to be holding the trophy on Sunday afternoon, and golf fans everywhere are excited to see them battle it out at Doral.