Scott and Dufner are 6 under par after a blustery opening day at the TPC Blue Monster Course at Doral, Florida. Thomas Bjorn and Charl Schwartzel are 4 under, one ahead of a group of eight players that includes U.S. PGA champion Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker.
Woods, who has won the title six times, began with an eagle before carding four bogeys and two birdies to end alongside Phil Mickelson and eight others at level par.
“The wind was blowing putts around and it made for a very challenging round,” Woods told reporters yesterday. “I played some really solid golf and just couldn’t quite make enough birdies.”
In three tournaments on the U.S. PGA Tour this year, Woods has finished in ties for 15th and 17th place and as runner-up to Rory McIlroy at the Honda Classic on March 4 after he shot an 8- under 62 in the final round. Woods hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since September 2009.
There’s no halfway cut at the Cadillac Championship, which features 74 players -- including all of the top 50 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
McIlroy, who replaced Luke Donald as world No. 1 with his win at the Honda Classic, is 1 over, Donald is 2 under and Lee Westwood, who’s ranked third, is 4 over. The three played together yesterday.
“It was a bit of a struggle,” McIlroy told reporters. “I felt a little flat out there.”
Sergio Garcia, who was playing with Woods, was 5 under after 12 holes. He then ended his round with five straight bogeys and a triple-bogey seven on the last hole to finish at 3 over par.
Defending champion Nick Watney is 1 under after a round that contained five birdies and four bogeys.
Donald Trump said he plans to spend more than $200 million on renovating Doral’s 700-room hotel and four golf courses after he completes his $150 million purchase of the resort out of bankruptcy in June.
“It needs a lot of work, it’s a little bit tired,” Trump told reporters yesterday. “It’s a tremendous location, 800 acres right smack in the middle of Miami, and we’ll look to make this one of the great places anywhere in the world for golf.”
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