Star Watch: Tiger Woods' struggles continue at Doral
Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia were great on day one, Phil Mickelson and Jordan Spieth were good enough to only be three back of Harris English and Jason Dufner.
It was a choppy day at the Cadillac Championship for everyone but especially for world No. 1 Tiger Woods.
A three-hour weather delay that tore down trees broke up what was a below average round for Woods. He was 1 over thru six holes before the winds came and 1 over thru his next four after for a total of 2 over thru 10 holes on the first day.
Woods' round will resume at 8:45 AM Eastern on Friday.
For a guy whose back was ailing just a few days ago Woods actually didn't hit it that poorly in some pretty tough conditions. It was his putter that was nowhere to be found.
He's T47 at 2 over but it could have been a lot better. Woods gained -2.77 strokes on the day (just horrendous in this field) but still sits only five strokes back of leaders Harris English, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, and Francesco Molinari.
He took 21 putts in the 10 holes he played. Context: Woods took 100 in 72 holes in winning this tournament last season.
The good news is that the conditions kept anyone from running away and hiding on Thursday. Woods is well within striking distance and if he can somehow find that stroke on the greens that's been failing him, he'll be just fine.
Woods issued his gameplan after his round was over.
"Hopefully I can get back out there in the AM, play well and work back to even by the end of the first round. Then shoot a low one in the PM."
Don't forget, this was the site of last year's famous putting lesson with Steve Stricker.
Here's how some other stars did at Doral on Thursday.
Jason Dufner (3 under thru 16, T1) -- The Duf played beautifully with four straight birdies on his front nine (the back nine on the course). If his game is as good as his trash talking this week, we're in for a dandy.
Walking Doral w/Dustin, Keegan, Duf. Luke. 3 guys miss 1st fairway, moaning about narrowness ensues. Duf splits it, woofs "Somebody's got to— Alan Shipnuck (@AlanShipnuck) March 4, 2014
Rory McIlroy (1 under thru 14, T13) -- Speaking of putting, McIlroy had it going on a little bit early on Thursday. He's made four bogeys and five birdies through the first 14 holes.
Sergio Garcia (1 under thru 11, T13) -- My pick this week. Garcia made eight pars in eight holes which is what you needed to do on a soggy, weird day like today. He'll be in the mix on the weekend.
Phil Mickelson (E thru 14, T20) -- Lefty found fewer than 50 percent of his fairways on Thursday but he made up for it by doing a bunch of Lefty things, like this:
Jordan Spieth (E thru 15, T20) -- Spieth's round included a double bogey and five birdies. Oh, and this hole-out. He played decently for his first time at this event.
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