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DORAL, Fla. – As a rule, no one likes to play golf in adverse conditions. Cold and wet is no way to enjoy the game. But as the WGC-Cadillac Championship leaderboard suggests an unfavorable forecast does bring out the best in the game’s best.

Hunter Mahan, renowned as one of the circuit’s best ballstrikers, is atop the leaderboard at 8 under followed by world No. 1 Martin Kaymer (6 under).

“I like to play in very difficult conditions because at the end of the day it’s about ballstriking and controlling your mistakes,” Kaymer said.

Mahan was less than enthused by a wind chill that dipped to 40 degrees early Friday but concurred with Kaymer, “This does play to my strengths, good driver and ballstriker, but this isn’t great for anyone,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was loving the unseasonably cold conditions. “I’d like it to keep blowing like this,” he said. “It concentrates the field and lets me get back into it.”

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