Blues 18th not so bad


DORAL, Fla. – Winds that gusted early in the day from the east made Doral’s Blue Monster play particularly tough but there was one advantage for the WGC-Cadillac Championship field. The layout’s famed 18th hole played downwind on Friday giving players an edge on what is otherwise a demanding finish.

For the day the hole played to a 4.079 scoring average, which ranked as the ninth toughest for the second round. In fact, there were more birdies (12) than bogeys (eight) and double bogeys (three) combined for Round 2 at the 458-yard closer.

By comparison, last year the 18th ranked the second hardest for the week playing to a 4.210 average and in 2009 it was the second-hardest hole on Tour with a 4.479 average.

“Today it was a driver-wedge,” said Martin Kaymer, who is one shot off the lead through two rounds. “Normally I’m hitting a mid-iron into that green.”

Martin Laird, who is tied for fourth place at 7 under par, concurred, “Eighteen, you know, it was a lot easier.”