Day 2 Featured Group Woods Mickelson McDowell

By Randall MellMarch 11, 2011, 8:05 pm

WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. – senior writer Randall Mell is at Doral for the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. He is providing a running blog for the featured grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell. Follow him on Twitter (@RandallMell) for more updates, or for full-field scoring, click here.




(8:29 p.m. ET) Chance at redemption: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will tee it up again together Saturday in a two-ball pairing off of the 1st tee at 10:20 a.m. ET.

(6:44 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods hit two drives that made him look like a high handicapper in Friday’s second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

He hit a nosediving hacker’s hook that barely traveled 100 yards at the second tee, and he hit a pop-up tee shot at the 14th that could have invoked the infield fly rule.

Still, Woods’ putter may be the largest reason he’s not in the hunt this week after a 2-over-par 74 left him at even par and nine shots off the lead.

The flatstick, once his most reliable weapon, has to be a growing concern. Woods ranks T64 in overall putting average through two rounds at Doral. Only Alvaro Quiros ranks lower.

“Certainly was not one of my better putting rounds,” Woods said. “I had a hard time with the grain.”

Woods took 32 putts, but he failed to capitalize on so many chances. He missed seven putts of 9 feet or less.

“I feel great over the putts,” Woods said. “I just can't hit the putts hard enough. My feel on the pace was for the practice rounds. When the rain came in, it totally changed what I saw and what I felt. I’ve had a hard time making the adjustment.”

It was a tough day for the entire threesome. Phil Mickelson shot 71 and is also nine shots back. Graeme McDowell shot 73 with a one-stroke penalty added before he signed his scorecard because his ball moved after he addressed it at the ninth green. He’s eight shots back.

“We dragged each other down a little bit today,” McDowell said. “We started off with a beautiful crowd. I’m not surprised to see it dwindled on the back nine. I think they got a little bored.”

(4:53 p.m. ET) Woods could not hold it in any longer.

Simmering frustration finally came out at the 14th tee.

That is where Woods popped up a lousy rain-making tee shot that fell to earth a good 100 yards behind Mickelson's and McDowell's tee shots. Woods thumped his first club of the day hard into the tee box. 

It was his second really bad tee shot, ranking slightly better than the diving duck hook at the 2nd hole.

(3:58 p.m. ET) After pushing his tee shot wide right at the 10th tee, Woods ambled away from everyone to a pond left of the tee box and put his head down.

He stayed there for a long time, even after Mickelson and McDowell left. He looked off into the horizon, almost meditatively. Surely, he is frustrated, but he showed no anger. He showed nothing but maybe a sliver of discomfort, arching his lower back briefly before heading down the fairway to join his group.

(3:28 p.m. ET)
Mickelson and Woods should be paying attention to McDowell's smooth putting stroke. Perhaps they can absorb something.

McDowell poured in a 20-foot putt to save par at No. 7 with Woods missing a 5-foot birdie chance at the 8th.

Though McDowell is hitting it all over Doral, he is hanging in there at 1 under through nine holes, thanks to his ultra smooth putting stroke saving so many pars.

Woods is also at 1 under, with Mickelson 1 over.

(2:35 p.m. ET) A Tiger Woods fan waited at the back of the fifth green. He wore a vibrant red shirt with the words:
Tiger Woods
PGA wins
Enough Said

But the fan's timing was bad. Woods walked by him after missing a 4-foot putt for par. That's back-to-back bogeys for Woods.

Woods has yet to make a par today. He's started birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey-bogey.

McDowell is struggling to hit fairways. He just missed the sixth fairway by 25 yards left. Mickelson has yet to make a move.

It's McDowell 2 under, Woods 1 under, Mickelson even.
(2:02 p.m. ET)
After no words in a long wait on the third tee, Woods and Mickelson were unusually chatty on a long walk together down the third fairway.

You can't help wondering what they were talking about. The Japan earthquake? The stock market? Bounceback birdies?

They both bounced back with birdies at No. 3.

Woods, by the way, rebounded beautifully from his duck hook at No. 2 with his third tee shot, carving a gorgeous 3-wood fade into the wind. Woods followed with a superb short iron to 3 feet.

McDowell caught a flier and could not get up and down from the back of the green.

It is now McDowell and Woods at 2 under, Mickelson even.
(1:24 p.m. ET) After a nice birdie to start the second round, Tiger Woods hit a high-handcapper duck hook off the second tee that barely traveled 100 yards.

Woods took a large divot with his driver.

There was lots of murmuring and groans through the gallery.

Woods' tee shot nosedived in the left rough before reaching the women's tees. Couldn't have been good for the confidence.

Mickelson and McDowell also started with birdies.
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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.