WGC-Cadillac Championship notebook

Tiger Woods thrills Doral fans at WGC-Cadillac Championship with 92-foot putt

 

jwalfish@MiamiHerald.com

Tiger Woods can’t remember the last time he made a putt like the one he holed at No. 4.

The No. 1 player in the world hit his tee shot on the front of the green on the 203-yard par-3 with the pin tucked in the back left.

On the green, Woods hit his approach putt over the ridge in the middle of the green and started it to the left of the hole before it snaked back toward the cup. As his attempt at a lag crept closer to dropping in the cup, the cheers began to percolate in the gallery.

When the ball finally disappeared into the hole, the crowd surrounding the green roared in approval, echoing throughout much of the area nearby.

The 92-foot putt was one of four birdies in the second round for Woods, who shot a 1-over-par 73 to leave himself at 5-over for the tournament, six shots back of the leaders.

“I just tried to get the ball close,” Woods said. “It’s just one of those things.”

They’re all tough

On a day when many of the players felt like there were some pin locations that were nearly impossible, it was not surprising to see some of their grievances back up by statistics.

The two holes mentioned the most, Nos. 7 and 14, proved to be the two toughest on the course at more than 0.7 strokes above par.

The 14th was only slightly more difficult, surrendering no birdies and leading all the back nine holes with eight scores of double bogey or higher.

No. 7 was just .015 strokes easier than the 14th, but it produced 13 double bogeys, slightly less than a third of the entire total for the front nine.

There were only four holes that played under par on the round, three of which were the par-5s. The easiest was No. 1, which gave up a round-high 25 birdies or better and only seven bogeys. The only non-par-5 in the mix was No. 16, where only 10 players were over par.

Some players would not give a straight answer. When pressed for the hardest hole on the course, Woods smiled and displayed his signature dry humor

“One through 18 right now,” he quipped. “I don’t know about the other players, but I found them all pretty hard out there.”

New approach

Justin Rose didn’t bring his yardage book from the previous times he has played the Blue Monster. The redesign made it look like a completely new golf course, and Rose was treating it as such despite being the 2012 champion of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.

Evidently the new course has no respect for past winners.

The five players in the field who have won the WGC-Cadillac Championship at this golf course are a combined 29-over through two rounds, and Nick Watney, the 2011 champion, is faring the best with a tie for 17th at 3-over. Ernie Els, who won the event in 2010, was the worst at 9-over, just a shot behind Rose.

Dressing Henrik

Henrik Stenson allowed fans to vote for which Hugo Boss outfit he would wear for Saturday’s third round.

The contest was a part of a larger fashion-themed day at Trump National Doral, which included a fashion show by designer Carolina Herrera and hosted by Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump’s daughter. The fans had three options to choose from, and the winning outfit was set to be announced before the start of the fashion show.

There will be more extracurricular activities Saturday when Travie McCoy will perform at a concert in the Blue Monster Village after the conclusion of the third round.

The lead vocalist of the band Gym Class Heroes will take the stage at approximately 6 p.m., and the concert is free for everyone with a ticket for Saturday’s round.

Josh Walfish

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