Expectations were high as the week started with great anticipation for the WGC Cadillac Championship in Doral. This past week, Rory McIlroy rose to the number one seed in the world. Tiger Woods ended last week on a high note as well, shooting a 62 on Sunday. Luke Donald looked to get back in the mix, as did Adam Scott of Australia. These two golfers must have read my previous article Top Ranked Players in Trouble: A Fan's Take, which urged the competitors to grab the bull by the horns.
Adam Scott had the benefit of an early tee time and played an excellent round of golf. He shot a 66, -6 under round on the day, complete with one eagle, five birdies and a single bogey. I was very impressed with the player's bogeyless back nine. Sharing the lead with Scott in American Jason Dufner. Dufner is one of my favorite golfers to watch because he always seems collected, regardless of the circumstance. This may be attributed to his fondness for dipping tobacco. Jason only had one bogey on the day at the 18th hole which was playing exceptionally hard. One out of every four balls played was water bound as the difficult par four reigned havoc on the competitors' scores.
Thomas Bjorn and Charl Schwartzel are just two back in a tie for third. Keegan Bradley and Kyle Stanley, two Americans that have been atop leader boards frequently this 2012 season, both find themselves at -3. I was also impressed with Luke Donald who has been struggling at -2. Tiger Woods came out of the gate with a quick start eagle at the first hole. However, he made back to back bogeys at the fourth and fifth. Woods birdied eight and bogeyed nine. He birdied twelve and gave the shot back at the difficult 18th. With a first round score of even, much of the difficulty can be attributed to his erratic putting.
Part of the difficulty of the course came from the swirling winds and sudden downpours of rain. The bunkers, which are littered across the course at Doral, also contributed to the toughness of the course. I expect future rounds with similar conditions and scoring. As the first major approaches, players will be looking to gain momentum. May the best man win.
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- Tiger Woods
- Adam Scott
- Luke Donald
- Jason Dufner