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)
Tiger Woods says he could have gone lower on Thursday. (Golf Channel)
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)
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)
Soooo ... the golf course in Rio might not be ready for 2016? (Geoff Shackelford)
Interesting take here on the Rory McIlroy withdrawal. (Geoff Shackelford)
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)
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
Bud Cauley(@BudCauley) March 7, 2013
Says nobody besides Hunter Mahan ...
The Hangover Part 3 is out!!!— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) March 8, 2013
Woods' last birdie of the day. Useful.
More on that other tournament.