Holmes shoots 62, leads by 4 at Doral


When golfers reference entering "the zone," they can point to J.B. Holmes' opening round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship as a prime example. Here's how things look after one round at Trump National Doral, where Holmes leads by four shots:

Leaderboard: J.B. Holmes (-10), Ryan Moore (-6), Dustin Johnson (-4), Alexander Levy (-4), Rickie Fowler (-4), Brooks Koepka (-3), Henrik Stenson (-3)

What it means: While many of the game's best players struggled with windy conditions in Miami, Holmes nearly lapped the elite field Thursday with a 10-under 62. He holds a sizeable advantage heading into Friday's round as he looks for his first WGC title and first PGA Tour victory since the 2014 Wells Fargo Championship.

Round of the day: Holmes started the day on fire, and he never looked back. After a pair of birdies on Nos. 10 and 11, Holmes made an eagle on the par-5 12th to play his first three holes in 4 under. He added six more birdies, and his score was four shots better than the lowest round last year and was the first opening-round 62 at Doral since Mike Weir in 2001.

Best of the rest: Moore was neck-and-neck with Holmes for much of the day, and despite a closing double bogey he sits alone in second place after a 6-under 66. A winner earlier this season in Malaysia, Moore made three straight birdies on both Nos. 6-8 and Nos. 10-12, and he made eight birdies in total.

Biggest disappointment: Jason Day's torrid start to the season hit a snag Thursday, as the Aussie carded a 4-over 76. A winner last month at Torrey Pines, Day put four balls in the water and made three double bogeys during his opening round. He played the four par-5 holes at Doral in 4 over.

Main storyline heading into Friday: The biggest question for Friday's round is whether Holmes plans to return back to earth, let alone the field of 73. With only a handful of players within seven shots of the lead, it remains to be seen which big stars can emerge from the chase pack after slow starts - namely Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose and Matt Kuchar, who all opened with rounds of 1-over 73.

Shot of the day: The 12th hole measures more than 600 yards on the scorecard, but Bubba Watson tamed it with ease. After a 376-yard drive, Watson's approach from 224 yards rolled onto the green and nestled within a foot of the hole. The tap-in eagle helped Watson to a 1-under 71.

Quote of the day: "We stayed below the hole, and I had a day where I just made a lot of putts." - Holmes