Three of the world’s top golfers set out on Thursday to play the first round of the Cadillac Championship at the Doral National golf course. And they finished up their round on Friday morning as the rain was pouring down.
Tiger Woods was lucky to get a four-over-par 76, and Adam Scott came in one shot under him at 75. A 76 is Woods’ worst ever score on the Doral course, and only the fourth round out of 44 played here where he’s finished over par.
Their third partner, Henrik Stenson – ranked #3 in the world – managed to finish his first round one over par.
Now it has to be said that this course is not the same course as it’s always been. Donald Trump, owner of the resort, has upgraded the course with everything that money can buy. And the weather here hasn’t helped…
Indeed, the swirling wind proved very frustrating for most of the players on their second rounds on Friday. Only three players managed to break par for their rounds, and no one turned in a card with a ’6′ in front.
Woods’ second round was better than the day before, ending up with 73, that’s one over par. But the crazy thing is, even with a 76 followed by a 73, he’s only six strokes behind the leader and stands every chance of getting under the 25-man cut-off.
One time we did see Woods happy was on the fourth hole where he made a 91-foot putt to make a birdie. It’s the longest putt there’s been on the PGA Tour over the past five years, and the longest putt Woods has had since he nailed that 120-foot putt at the 2001 Tour Championship.
At the top of the scoreboard, there are four golfers at one under par – Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan, and Patrick Reed. At par, you’ll find Jamie Donaldson, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, and Francesco Molinari.