World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship brings golf and more to Doral

 

Sure there will be plenty of golf, but the WGC Cadillac Championship has a fashion show, concert and parties on the itinerary.

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By Amy Reyes | areyes@miamiherald.com

The Trump National Doral is working tirelessly to get everything in order for this week's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. The tournament showcases the best players from around the world for one week only and is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organized by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.

The final field is set at 69 players from 19 countries including all 50 of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. With Sunday’s victory over Rory McIlroy, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer on the first playoff hole of The Honda Classic, 24 year-old Russell Henley became the final player to qualify for the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Also qualifying is Kevin Stadler thanks to his No. 9 ranking in the FedExCup. Defending champion Tiger Woods will take on these top players plus the newly-redesigned Blue Monster course.

If you fall asleep at the thought of golf but peer pressure will force you to find your way to Doral, this year's event is so padded with things that have nothing to do with golf that it may be worth it for you. Friday night - or Fashion Friday, as they are dubbing it - is a fashionistas dream with a runway show of Carolina Herrera's Spring Collection hosted by Ivanka Trump, a fashion maven herself. The fashion show is the culmination of the day's programming, which will also include fan contests, social media engagement, a model search, appearances by Ivanka Trump and the reigning Miss Universe, Gabriela Isler, select cast members from Bravo’s Real Housewives series plus music by DJ Irie.
 
On Saturday, Gym Class Heroes front man Travie McCoy will headline a concert, also set to take place at the Blue Monster Village, following the completion of the tournament’s third round. McCoy is ready to get the crowd moving in their Izods and khakis. "Miami definitely knows how to get down," said McCoy in a press communication. "This will be a party you don’t want to miss!” 

Foodies will also have a horse in this race. Spend the day in the Escalade Lounge on the 16th hole where Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Coral Gables' Eating House will be stationed preparing a sampling of light, refreshing bites to go with the signature cocktails at the Grey Goose bar. Still hungry? Visit the food trucks stationed on the green and snack all you want on treats from Shula Burgers, Che Grill, Pescados Unidos and many more. 
 
Access to both the Carolina Herrera fashion show and Travie McCoy concert is complimentary to all Friday and Saturday tournament ticket holders, respectively, with additional VIP opportunities available for purchase.

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