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The Links: Tiger Woods talks about Rory McIlroy's game

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

There's no shortage of star power at Doral. (Getty Images)
There's no shortage of star power at Doral. (Getty Images)

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The epicenter of the golf world is at Doral right now, especially with the leaderboard loaded with stars the way it is. Here's a good roundup of Thursday including this from Tiger Woods on Rory McIlroy:

''That happens, and we have all gone through stretches like this,'' Woods said. ''It happens, and it happened to him last year in the middle of the year, and ended up all right at the end of the year. When you play golf for a very long time, you're going to have spells like this. You can't play well every week, even though you try. You're going to have ups and downs, and just got to battle through it." (AP)

PGA Tour

Tiger Woods says he could have gone lower on Thursday. (Golf Channel)

Numbers from round one; crazy that Phil Mickelson didn't have a bogey. (PGA Tour)

Steve Stricker's wife is caddying for him again. (Golfweek)

Bubba Watson on the first round: "We should be able to play good golf in these kind of conditions. When you put us in these groupings, these elite fields like this, you're always playing with a top-notch player. You just always have to step up your game and stay focused, pretty much like a major championship.” (Golf Channel)

Phil Mickelson on a slight change to Augusta National. (Golf.com)

McIlroy on his first round: "It was a bit of a struggle to be honest." (Golf Channel)

Yani Tseng on being No. 1. (Golfweek)

Woods says "it's a process." McIlroy says "a work in progress." (Golfweek)

Watch seven of Tiger Woods' nine birdies from Thursday. (PGA Tour)

Phil Mickelson has already done like 15 Phil Mickelson things this week. (Golf Channel)

Oh, yeah, there's another tournament going on this weekend as well. (PGA Tour)

International

Soooo ... the golf course in Rio might not be ready for 2016? (Geoff Shackelford)

Interesting take here on the Rory McIlroy withdrawal. (Geoff Shackelford)

Equipment/Travel

Details on Tim Clark's plea to keep anchored putters. (Golfweek)

One person thinks the USGA and R&A decision on the anchored putter ban is going to be short and sweet. (Geoff Shackelford)

Best courses by state. (Golfweek)

Tiger Woods equipment change. Ahhhhh! (Golf Channel)

On TV

Holly Sonders used to wake up at 1:45 a.m. for Morning Drive. (GolfDigest)

2-6 p.m. EST - Golf Channel - WGC-Cadillac Championship

Social

Macy's, eh?

Says nobody besides Hunter Mahan ...

Woods' last birdie of the day. Useful.

More on that other tournament.

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