March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are two shots off the lead during the opening round of the U.S. PGA Tour’s Cadillac Championship in Miami.
Woods, the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking, had four birdies and two bogeys through his first nine holes at the TPC Blue Monster course at Doral Resort and Spa. Mickelson had two birdies through his first six.
Woods and Mickelson, who have combined for 18 major tournament titles, are tied for 10th place, two shots behind co-leaders Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson of the U.S. and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand.
Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 player from Northern Ireland, is at even-par through 10 holes a week after quitting the Honda Classic eight holes into his second round. McIlroy was 7-over par at the time and cited wisdom-tooth pain for his withdrawal. He later apologized, saying he made a mistake and should have completed his round.
This week’s World Golf Championship tournament features a limited field of the top 65 players, based on the Official World Golf Ranking and other performance criteria. The purse is $8.8 million, including $1.4 million for the winner, with no cut for weekend play and a paycheck for everyone who completes the four rounds.
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