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G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

Posted on: March 10, 2011 6:15 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2011 8:53 am

DORAL, Fla. -- Graeme McDowell had just knocked in yet another tidy putt and was making the turn in the first round at Doral Golf Resort & Spa on Thursday when he was congratulated on his success on the greens.

"Yeah, now if I can just keep the ball on the planet," he said.

Playing with the two biggest names on the golfing globe, it didn't much matter where the U.S. Open champion was bashing it, given the scoring exhibition McDowell was staging.

Despite a few wayward shots with his 13 other clubs, the Northern Ireland star more than held hs own with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in one of the day's marquee threesomes, dropping putts as though he was a Florida native.

On the very first hole of the day, the par-5 10th, McDowell jarred a 28-footer for a birdie, which was certainly a sight with which Woods has become familiar. Another sight we have seen fairly often -- Woods then missed from 12 feet.

Recall their memorable duel at the Chevron World Challenge last December? McDowell drained long birdie putts on the last hole of regulation and first hole of sudden death to kick the legs out from under Woods, the tournament host. He also one-putted the 71st hole, too.
Paired again with Woods at Doral, he one-putted the first five holes on Thursday, running his streak when paired with Woods to eight in a row.

"Like shelling peas," he cracked between holes.

McDowell looks like some sort of Bermudagrass savant.

"Didn't used to be," he said.

Mickelson's caddie, Jim Mackay, overheard McDowell and smirked.

"Alabama Birmingham," Mackay said, a reference to the southern school where McDowell was one of the top collegians in the nation and surely drained a few miles of putts on Bermuda surfaces.

When plkay was suspended for the day, Mickelson was 2 under while McDowell and Woods were both 1 under. McDowell, Woods and Mickelson are ranked Nos. 4-5-6 in the world.

In stark contrast, Woods again was scraping it around on the greens. He had seven close-range attempts from between 10-15 feet over the first 14 holes and made exactly one of them, a par effort on his second hole.

Mickelson, a former Doral champion, was slightly sharper.

"There were some low scores and we had a fun day," Lefty said. "We didn't play our best but we didn't play terrible to where we shot ourselves in the foot. We are in good position tomorrow to come back out, finish the round strong, and play our second round."

Because of the two-year window of the world rankings, Mickelson can pass Woods this week as long as Woods doesn't finish in the top seve. The last time Mickelson was ranked higher than Woods was in 1997.

Category: Golf

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 7:18 pm

G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

read the news he withdrew before the tournament ever statrted

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:45 pm

Where's Article About Tiger Rolling Over Lefty?

So at the end of the day, Tiger Woods 70 beats Phil Mickelson 73 by three strokes.

Where's the headline about "Struggling Mickelson Dominated by Tiger"?  The bias on this site is really a journalistic abomination. Elling is the worst propagandist. But others are nearly as bad.

I don't have a horse in the race. But any thinking fan of golf would simply eliminate Elling & company from their daily reading. He really needs to get over his man-love for Phil.

Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 10:58 am

G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

At the end of the first round Tiger is right there with McDowell and Mickelson is behind them both by 3 strokes.  Guess this article was basically just some fill for Elling.  Kinda like writing about the leaders of a marathon.  Every mile the lead can change so don't go predicting the winner yet Steve. Tiger may be putting terribly but he's still right there in the pack with 3 days to go.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2011 9:43 am

G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

Typically, I abhor grammar police on comment boards.  But here: Please!   Proof read your items before posting them.   The number of errors in this article are unaccecptable.  Typos in my emails to friends; fine.  Typos in my friendly co-workers; ok . . . maybe.  Typos in my professional writings; not so much. 

Yes, this has nothing to do with the content of Mr. Elling's article, however, the article itself is less because of it--as is Mr. Ellings professional credibility.  If you choose not to take the time to proof your writing for errors, is it possible you could also choose not to take the time to diligently confirm the information contained in your articles? 

Since: Feb 12, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:50 pm

G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

After watching the highlights at Doral,there was no doubt that poor ole Tiger is still struggling with his putting.  His putting was atrocious at best.  Putts were rimming out of the cup and missing entirely. 

Wouldn't put much faith in him even coming close to the leaders. 

Since: Nov 19, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 10:23 pm

G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

yeah .where is Buba ?

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: March 10, 2011 8:33 pm

G-Mac rolls the rock over Tiger, Lefty

But not a word from Elling why his latest wonder boy, Watson, is DNS. Surely that's newsworthy?

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