Adam Scott had no problem upgrading from a Honda to a Cadillac.
Scott built off his momentum from last Sunday’s Honda Classic victory to shoot a 4-under-par 68 on Thursday, and he ended the day two shots back of the lead.
His round Thursday marked the eighth time he’s shot 68 or better at the WGC-Cadillac Championship over the past five years. Scott, who sits in first place on that list, moved past Tiger Woods, who has done it seven times.
Scott is now 13-under over his past 72 holes dating to Friday’s round at the Honda. The week before, he finished tied for second after he finished at 14-under at the Northern Trust in Los Angeles.
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After Thursday’s round at Doral, Scott said it can be difficult to regain intensity after a win, but he also said he hasn’t had a run this good since 2006.
“I think I played really well that year,” Scott said. “I think I had four [top-five finishes], four weeks in a row at one point that year. I didn’t win until the Tour Championship that year, but I just played consistently well. I mean, I played well in patches the last few years as well.”
A ROUGH START
Trump National Doral wasn’t kind to former winners on Thursday. Three of the past four winners are in the field at the WGC-Cadillac Championship — the absent Woods won in 2013 — and none of the three finished closer than six shots off the lead.
Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Justin Rose all struggled on a golf course that can tempt long hitters into making poor decisions.
Last year’s winner, Johnson, had the best afternoon of the bunch. After starting on the back nine, Johnson made a birdie on the par-5 eighth hole to salvage an even-par 72.
Reed, the 2014 champion, struggled early with a bogey on the par-4 third hole and a double bogey on the par-3 fourth hole. He never really recovered from there, as he chalked up four more bogeys to finish his opening round at 5-over 77 and was in danger of missing the cut.
Rose began the afternoon with a birdie, but he wouldn’t card another the rest of the afternoon. Two bogeys and a double bogey on the 17th hole left the 2012 winner at 3-over 75.
BACK IN ACTION
Jason Day has only played in three PGA Tour events this year, and he joked Thursday about the unfamiliar weight of his scorecard.
“It’s a little heavy,” Day said. “Just trying to get that yardage book in and out of my back pocket.”
The defending PGA Championship winner said he would stick to his light schedule as he tunes up for the major championships.
“I know that once summer comes around,” Day said, “Augusta comes around, then it’s going to be very, very busy for me.”
After Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Day played together for just the second time, Day said he expected to see “a few more people out there” at Trump National Doral.
“It will be better,” Day said. “It’s Thursday. Once the weekend comes around, there’s going to be a few more people having a drink and should be a little bit louder.”