Woods Mickelson McDowell wrap up Round 1

By Rex HoggardMarch 10, 2011, 7:00 pm

WGC-Cadillac ChampionshipDORAL, Fla. – GolfChannel.com senior writer Rex Hoggard is at Doral for the first 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 (@RexHoggard) for more updates, or for full-field scoring, click here.




(9:54 a.m. ET) Tiger Woods did not attend Thursday’s Lakers-Heat game like most of the WGC field, but Graeme McDowell was there as well as a host of other celebrities.

“Snoop Dogg was there, Lil Wayne was there . . . and Rory (McIlroy),” he smiled.

(9:50 a.m. ET) Graeme McDowell birdied two of his last four holes from the weather-delayed first round at Doral, Tiger Woods pared his last three and Phil Mickelson is trying to figure out what went wrong.

Lefty bogeyed the seventh hole, the first of the group’s day, and hit two balls into the water at the eighth for a double bogey-7 to fall to 1 over par, three behind Woods and McDowell.

Woods, after a tough round on Doral’s greens, seemed particularly upbeat, “I hit a lot of good putts yesterday, but the grain was a lot tougher than I thought and it took some time to adjust.”

The high-profile threesome goes back out into the cool wind for Round 2 just before noon.


(9:11 a.m. ET) Much has been made of Tiger Woods' struggles in the wind of late (see Dubai and Dove Mountain) but it was Phil Mickelson who got crossed up in the gusts early Friday at Doral.

Lefty pushed his drive left of the eighth fairway and into a water hazard and pulled his third shot into another pond short of the green. He signed for a double bogey-7. Woods, on the other hand, made birdie.
(8:48 a.m. ET) Spotted Butch Harmon in the Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell gallery early Friday at Doral.

He's there for Lefty, of course, but watching Woods, who two-putted the seventh hole to remain at 1 under par.
(8:38 a.m. ET)
First-round play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship resumed at 8:30 a.m. with the marquee grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell on the seventh tee, their 16th hole.

On Thursday the lofty three-ball did not exactly live up to expectations and it's doubtful they will heat up on Friday.

The winds have come up at Doral and the temperature has dropped to 60 degrees, frigid by south Florida standards.
(6:16 p.m. ET) Officials halted play at 6:15 a.m. due to darkness with the day's marquee three-ball on the sixth hole.
(6:08 p.m. ET) As darkness closed in on Doral Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are starting to see the light.

Both hit their approaches to within 10 feet at the fifth, although Woods missed his birdie putt, while Graeme McDowell made bogey to drop to 2 under, tied with Mickeslson and one clear of Woods.

The first round is set to resume at 8:30 a.m. on Friday followed by the second round at 11:20 a.m.

(5:43 p.m. ET) The day's top card is through 12 holes and may finish their first rounds depending on the forecast.

Officials said they can play until 6:30 p.m. before darkness falls.

Tiger Woods may want to keep playing. He holed a 9 footer for birdie at the third hole, his longest putt of the day, to move to 1 under, one behind Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell.

(5:27 p.m. ET) Officials gave the masses what they wanted, a Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson rematch at Doral, but the two leading men have not delivered.


Mickelson is 2 under, three off the lead, and Woods is at even par through 12 holes. That's a long way from that instant classic six years ago.

(5:15 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods hit his second shot to 18 feet at the par-5 first hole and two-putted for his first birdie of the day and to get to even par.

Still, it didn't earn him tee box honors and he trails Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell by two strokes.

(4:47 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods did much better on Doral's 18th hole on Thursday than he did on Wednesday.

Although he made par it was a marked improvement over the 'X' he took in practice.

His first-round score also featured the shot of the day, a cut driver that sailed more than 300 yards through a freshening cross-wind to turn at 1 over par.

(4:19 p.m. ET) Tiger Woods hit his second driver of the day at Doral's 16th hole, the first sailed some 50 yards left of the 12th fairway.

The results were different the second time, not the score. Woods drove to about 20 yards short of the green, flopped his second to 8 feet but missed the birdie putt to remain at 1 over.

(3:57 p.m. ET) Graeme McDowell may request a permanent tee time with Tiger Woods.

Through five holes at Doral the U.S. Open champion has five one-putts and is 2 under par. Woods, by comparison, lipped out an 11-footer for birdie at the 15th hole to remain at 1 over par.

(3:44 p.m. ET) It's worth noting after a messy bogey by Tiger Woods at the 13th hole at Doral that he is playing under relatively calm conditions so far and is still 1 over, three behind tee sheet mates Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell.
(3:33 p.m. ET) Television produces and fans at home may love this week's marquee grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, but for tournament organizers it can be a challenge.

'Everyone follows one group and they are like locusts,' said one tournament director. 'They move across the course and just inhale everything, concessions, bathrooms, everything.'

The horde is on the move at Doral, with a few hundred trailing Woods and Co. as they move through the back nine.

(3:16 p.m. ET) Quick Tiger Woods update: scrambling par at his second hole and he hit his drive 50 yards left of the 12th fairway. Starting to feel like Dove Mountain again, sans the jumping cholla and snow.
(2:59 p.m. ET) If you picked Tiger Woods for low-ball honors at Doral you're off to a slow start.

Graeme McDowell rolls in a 30-footer at the 10th, the group's first hole, and Phil Mickelson matched him from 11 feet while Woods missed his 10-footer at the first.
(2:48 p.m. ET) A high-profile swing coach mused before Tiger Woods teed off for his delayed first round at Doral that this is an important round.

For Woods?

'No, (Sean) Foley,' he said.

We may have taken this swing spat thing too far.
(2:08 p.m. ET) Play is scheduled to restart at 2:30 p.m. ET after a storm blew through, and down, parts of Doral, but the damage is still on the ground.

According to tournament director Eddie Carbone 17 trees, two television towers, a ShotLink tower and the 18th hole scoreboard were blown down by winds that gusted to 55 mph.

“We’re not sure if we can rebuild (the leaderboard) right now,” Carbone said.

(1:20 p.m. ET) The storm has moved on but the wait continues at Doral. According to officials the practice tee will reopen at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and first-round play is scheduled to restart at 2:30 p.m., which means the three-ball marquee of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell will tee off at about 2:35 p.m.
(11:48 a.m. ET) For all those waiting for the Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell three-ball at Doral, the wait will continue.

Officials blew the weather warning horn at 11:46 a.m., five minutes before the power threesome was scheduled to tee off.

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Angela hits Sergio in stride on field at Superdome

By Grill Room TeamDecember 18, 2017, 3:22 pm

Sergio and Angela Garcia's super 2017 keeps getting more ... Super ... Dome. (+1 awful blog lede.)

The couple started the year with Sergio's win at the Masters, then embarked on a whirlwind green jacket media tour, then kicked off El Clasico, then attended Wimbledon, then got married, then announced they were expecting their first child ...

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And now, they're throwing each other passes on the New Orleans Saints' home turf at the Superdome.

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Newsmaker of the Year: No. 1, Justin Thomas

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 18, 2017, 1:00 pm

He won a major, captured the FedExCup and was named the PGA Tour’s Player of the Year. It should come as no surprise that Justin Thomas holds the top spot on our Newsmakers list for 2017.

Thomas entered the year ranked outside the top 20, and few might have pegged him for a transcendent campaign. But he kicked off January with a win in Hawaii, added another before leaving the Aloha State and never looked back.

Thomas’ seminal moment came in August when he captured the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow for his breakthrough major title. One month after greeting Jordan Spieth behind the final green at Royal Birkdale, this time it was Thomas’ turn to have friends stick around to snap pictures with the trophy that signaled his arrival among golf’s upper echelon.

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In addition to racking up the hardware – five in total, including the inaugural CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his first start of the new wraparound season – Thomas dazzled with style. His runaway win at the Sony Open included an opening-round 59, and his third-round 63 at Erin Hills marked the first time anyone had ever shot 9 under on a U.S. Open venue.

Thomas’ consistency was rewarded at East Lake, when a runner-up finish at the Tour Championship netted him the season-long title and $10 million prize. It was in the subsequent press conference where he shared the goals list he had written into his cell phone in February, having ticked off nearly every one. It showed a dedicated attention to detail as well the tactical approach with which Thomas had steered his rapid ascent.

Heading into a new year, he’s now very clearly entrenched as one of the world’s best. And as his career progresses, it’s likely we’ll look back at 2017 as the point where Thomas first transformed great potential into eye-popping results.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.