DORAL, Fla. – Graeme McDowell almost never gives you the standard line, so it should come as no surprise he’s eager to take on Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the first two rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
He won’t sell you the line that he’s just playing the course or trying to position himself for a Sunday run.
McDowell said he'll be trying to better the scores of Woods and Mickelson over the first 36 holes and try to stay with anyone who’s going low early.
“The focus will be there right away,” McDowell said. “It will be a lot of fun, obviously, but there will be a bit of natural intensity from the word go. I’ve played with them both many times, but never actually played with them together, so it will be interesting to see that dynamic out there.”
McDowell, Woods and Mickelson go off the 10th tee at 11:51 a.m. on Thursday and off the first tee at 12:54 p.m. on Friday in the second round. With world rankings used to help the pairings, No. 4 McDowell, No. 5 Woods and No. 6 Mickelson were put together.
'Like I say, it’s tough to be 150 percent on Thursday morning, but the pairing brings its own intensity so it would be nice to get off to a fast start,' McDowell said. 'I think with the bigger crowds, with the circus that goes on inside the ropes when you play with two guys like that, I think it gives you that intense focus.”