J.B. Holmes tames the Blue Monster, shooting 62 in the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.
J.B. leads the WGC Cadillac Championship by four shots after he carded a first round -10 under par 62, on the infamous Blue Monster lay-out. J.B. scored a tap-in eagle to go along with eight birdies and no bogey’s in a perfect opening gambit;
“I hit a lot of good shots today, and pretty much on every hole I put the ball below the hole where I had a chance to make a putt.”
“It’s tough to make some putts, and if you can get below the hole, you have a better chance. Even if it’s 25 feet, you have a better chance of making that than a ten or 15 footer downhill.”
“I was able to hit the shots where I envisioned and hit good shots, and today the putter was on, put that combination together, you do everything pretty good, and you’re going to shoot a good score.”
“It’s just a tough golf course, so if I go out and shoot even or one under tomorrow, that would be a good round. It’s hard to back these days up, so I’ll just try to go out there with no expectations tomorrow and play.”
Ryan Moore is in second place on his own at -6 under par following his good round of 66 he was keeping the pressure on the leader, with birdies on eight of his first 12 holes, but recorded a painful double bogey at the notoriously testing 18th. after his tee shot found the water down the left hand side.
There are three players tied in third position at -4 under par, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Alexander Levy.
Alexander was making his tournament debut and started well, he birdied the long par five first hole and went one better with an eagle on the par five eighth;
“It was a very good round.”
“In very tough conditions I played really good golf. I hit some good shots in good positions; that was the key today.”
Rory McIlroy is still suffering his golfing woes, a +1 over par 73, he still hasn’t broken par in his three rounds in America this year, and lamented his bad start today, but his practice is going OK;
“Just another day where I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts.”
“It is very good on the range and it is very good in normal play and I’m not playing a tournament.”
“Then I’ve got a card in my hand the last couple weeks and it just hasn’t quite been there.”
“After the turn, I was sort of like, there’s not much else to lose, go ahead and try and be aggressive.”
“That’s the frustrating thing. I feel like there’s stretches of holes like on that front nine where three birdies and an eagle in the space of five holes; I know that it’s in there.”
“It’s just all the other stuff, and then I was a little wasteful around the greens.”