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Tiger wraps up 76, readies for Round 2 at Doral

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DORAL, Fla. – It will be another quick turnaround for Tiger Woods at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, which may be a blessing in disguise.

The world No. 1 finished his weather-delayed first round at Doral Friday morning, starting on the 11th hole, which he bogeyed. He would play his first four holes on Friday in 4 over par but bounced back with birdies at Nos. 15, 16 and 17.

The momentum was stalled, however, when Woods’ drive at the par-4 18th drifted left and found the water hazard. His closing bogey left him at 4-over 76 (his highest card in 40 career rounds at Doral) and tied for 53rd. There are 68 players in the limited field.

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Woods will get another crack at those same holes in a little over an hour and is scheduled to tee off from the 10th hole at 11:44 a.m. ET.

Woods’ ailing back, which prompted him to withdraw from the Honda Classic last Sunday, didn’t appear to be the issue on a windswept Friday considering that his group – which included the world’s Nos. 1, 2 (Adam Scott) and 3 (Henrik Stenson) – played their last eight holes of Round 1 in a combined 8 over.

Woods did not talk to the media after the first round.