WGC Cadillac Championship. McIlroy Makes A Move.

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Rory McIlroy makes a move in the third round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral.

McIlroy pulls ahead at Cadillac

Rory shot a bogey free third round -4 under par 68 to take a three shot lead into the final round of the WGC Cadillac Championship with a -12 under par total in Miami.

Dustin Johnson and Adam Scott share second place, three shots back at -9 under par, Dustin could only card a -1 under 71 and Adam was worse recording +1 over par 73.

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Danny Willett, even par 72,  Bubba Watson -1 under 71 and Phil Mickelson -2 under 70 are tied in fourth position, now five shots off the lead at -7 under par for the tournament.

World No. 1 Jordan Spieth struggled again today, his round of +1 over par 73 leaving him at -2 under for the week and T17.

WGC Cadillac Championship. Adam Scott Ascends Once Again

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Adam Scott ascends the leaderboard again as last weeks winner tops the WGC Cadillac Championship at the half way stage on The Blue Monster, Doral.

Adam Scott's 6-under 66 on Friday gave him a two-shot lead heading into the weekend. (David Cannon/Getty Images)

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Adam has a two shot lead going into the week-end at the WGC Cadillac Championship after carding a  second round -6 under par 66, to post a 36 hole -10 under par total.

He said he felt relaxed after his win last week at the Honda Classic, and his putting is getting better;

“I’m probably a little more relaxed this week leading going into the weekend than if I hadn’t won last week.”

“A 36-hole lead doesn’t mean that much, unless it’s by about 10. I could tee off tomorrow and not be leading.”

“I’m going to have to play a good couple of days and try to keep moving in the right direction while the conditions are allowing us to.”

“Overall, it was a lot of good stuff, enough quality shots and enough quality putts to negate a couple of mistakes out there, but they can easily happen on this golf course.”

“So I’m glad there was enough of the good stuff to keep me up on top and kind of setting the pace after halfway.”

Sharing second place  at -8 under par is defending Champion Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy.

Dustin posted a bogey free -8 under par 64, while Rory was only one shot behind with -7 under 65 today.

Dustin likes this golf course, with their perfect greens;

“I think the golf course is fantastic, it’s not an easy golf course.”

“It’s in great shape. The greens are perfect.”

Rory made his crossed handed grip on the putter to make some great putts today;

“There was a lot of big momentum putts in there that I have not been holing.”

“So to see those drop today and to be as comfortable as I was, it feels really good and obviously I’m very happy with where I’m at going into the weekend.”

Phil Mickelson, even par today and is now five back, even though he carded four birdies on the trot on the front nine, enjoying some early momentum, but made an enormous blunder, dropping his tee shot into the water at the 139-yard 15th. He said he lost concentration;

“I just kind of lost my train of thought.”

“I’ll be fresh and ready for the weekend. I feel like I’m driving the ball extremely well and my iron game is sharp.”

“And even though that back nine wasn’t what I wanted, it was kind of an anomaly. It’s going to be a good weekend.”

I love it, bring on the weekend.

WGC Cadillac Championship. Two Tied at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral after the first round. Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser share top billing.

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Scott and Marcus carded first rounds of -6 under par 66 at Doral in the WGC Cadillac Championship, to lead by one shot.

Scott spent eight hours on the range practicing yesterday, and explained it well;

“There was a lot, I just wasn’t getting behind the ball very well.”

“I wasn’t getting into my backswing at all. I was kind of faking it. I couldn’t go through the way I wanted to.”

“We all know we’re trying to beat those guys week-in, week-out.”

 “They have proved it. I haven’t proven it week-in, week-out, but when my game’s there I’m pretty decent. We all know they are there.”

“They are looking at my name today. So maybe they will do it tomorrow.”

Marcus was happy to get off to a good start here at Doral;

“It’s obviously a great way to start, especially in a golf tournament like this and at a golf course as strong as this.”

“I’ve obviously got a lot of confidence from today.”

“My previous results at Doral haven’t been that great, but it is nice to get a good one early and hopefully build on that over the next few days.”

Phil Mickelson is in third place , that one shot behind at -5 under par after his opening round 67.

Phil is still learning the new layout, but is happy with the results;

“There is a bit of a learning curve on some of the contours and where you have to go and where you want to go and the best place to be.”

“It’s not like I came in here weeks before and mapped it out like a major. You’re here only the week of.”

“But this is our third year here now and it continues to get better each year.”

“It was a good day, I hit a lot of good shots, made some good putts and just drove it well, enjoyed the day. It was a good day.”

Tied in fourth spot at -4 under par are Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Charley Hoffman and Danny Willett, shooting rounds of 68.

Danny played and putted well;

“It’s only my fifth tournament of the year so it is still early days, but it is nice to get a few good numbers on the board.”

“It was a good, solid day, I hit 16 greens and had 30 putts. You can’t really ask for much more around this golf course.”

Rory McIlroy could only manage an opening round -1 under par 71, I have tried to tell him that crossed handed putting is not the way to go.

WGC Cadillac Championship. J.B. Holmes Tames the Blue Monster.

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J.B. Holmes tames the Blue Monster, shooting 62 in the first round of the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral.

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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.”

Valero Texas Open. 1st Round play Suspended. Fog in Texas ?

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TPC San Antonio was shrouded in fog during the opening round of the Valero Texas Open, causing a suspension in Play.

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At the time the horn blew Pat Perez and Danny Lee had completed their first rounds and sat at the top of the leaderboard of the Valero Texas Open. They both carded opening rounds of -4 under par 68. The fog kept temperatures in the 50s before it burned off and gave way to sun and readings in the 80s.

Pat spoke of the conflicting temperatures;

“This morning it was freezing, and I hit balls on the practice range in four layers of clothes. Now, I’m sweating.”

What is worrying, and noteworthy, is the form of Phil Mickleson, who shot a +5 over par 77 opening round, to fall nine strokes back of the lead.  That horrible 77 was Phil’s highest score since he shot a 78 in August in the PGA Championship.

It seems Phil was as surprised as the rest of us;

“I had been playing real well at home, so to come out and play like this is disappointing, just didn’t feel quite sharp. I didn’t putt well, I had a couple of three-putts that hurt. Iron play wasn’t great. I didn’t drive it bad, until that last hole.”

In his previous two starts, Phil missed the cut in the Honda Classic, and then tied for 16th at Doral in the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. This is not good preparation for The Masters, just two weeks away. Phil will play in the Houston Open before heading to Augusta National.

Looks like Phil will have plenty of time to practice, making the cut here is a long way off, currently T 135 out of a field of 144.

W.G.C. Cadillac Championship. Reed Resplendent.

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Patrick Reed was resplendent in winning the WGC. Cadillac Championship at Doral, on the Blue Monster.

Wrap-up: Reed earns third TOUR title

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Patrick has proved what he has always believed, that he belongs among the best in the world. He has won the WGC Cadillac Championship trophy, his third Tour win in seven months, shooting a final round of even par 72, to post -4 under par.

When asked on live TV what he thought about his achievement Patrick proudly answered;

“I just don’t see a lot of guys that have done that, besides Tiger Woods, of course, and all of the other legends of the game. I believe in myself. Especially after how hard I’ve worked, that I’m one of the top five players in the world. To come out of a field like this and to hold on wire to wire like that, I feel like I’ve proven myself.”

Tied in second place at -3 under par were Bubba Watson and Jamie Donaldson. Bubba had a fine last round of -4 under par, and then admitted that this course scares him;

“I’m where I want to be, my ball striking I wish was a little bit better. But certain golf courses just scare me half to death and around here scared me a lot but I played it really well this week.”

Jamie said he has always been a late developer, but he is happy with where he is right now;

“I’ve always been pretty much a late developer in most things, really. I left school before I could develop any there!  So I had to play golf, really. My career has been up and down for me.  Early on, I started off pretty good and then I had a big loss for four years after injury, and then I just had to regroup and do things that worked and work hard and keep believing. I just forced the wheel the other direction, and that’s what it’s done.  I’ve found something that was working and just kept doing it and kept getting better at doing it, and then here we are getting better, again, so I’m happy.”

Tiger Woods, who started the day in contention said the pain in his back intensified after his bunker shot on the sixth. A nasty lie leaving him with his left foot in the bunker, and the right pressing  against the lip of the bunker;

” That’s what set it off and then it was done after that. Just see if I could actually manage, keep the spasms at bay.”

He carded a final round of +6 over par 78, with a total of +5 over par, dropping him twenty-one places to T25. Tiger also failed to make a birdie in a final round for the first time in his career, and the lead up to the first Major is not going well;

“If I feel good, I can actually make a pretty decent swing, you saw it Saturday. But if I’m feeling like this, it’s a little tough.”

World Golf Championship. Calm Restored at Cadillac.

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Calm was restored at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Doral on day three of the contest around The Blue Monster. Patrick Reed has the lead going into the final round.

Patrick Reed could be taking home his third trophy in seven months Sunday at Doral. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

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In much calmer conditions Patrick turned his game around in four holes Saturday at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, finishing up with a -3 under par 69 and a two stroke lead at -4 under par. He said he was not bothered that Tiger was close behind;

“That’s fine, I’ve seen Tiger a lot on the driving range. Never had the opportunity to play with him and I still haven’t been able to play with him. Whenever he’s close to the lead, he’s a guy you have to watch out for. But at the same time, I have to go and just play my own game.”

“If you have a 54-hole lead, that means you’re playing the best golf of the group through three rounds. Tomorrow is Sunday, but at the same time, it’s another round of golf. We’ve won twice since August, we’ve played great. And if I continue doing what I’m supposed to be doing, come Sunday afternoon, hopefully we’re holding the trophy.”

Jason Dufner and Hunter Mahan are tied in second place at -2 under par for this tournament, Hunter thinks it will go down to the wire;

“The tournament will not be over until the last putt drops on eighteen. That always happens, but it seems like you just can’t coast in here. You can’t have a big enough lead going into eighteen this week. So I don’t think anyone is going to be too bothered if someone gets out to a three, or four-shot lead, because there’s so much golf out there. And there’s so much that can happen, good and bad.”

Tied in fourth place are Jamie Donaldson and Tiger Woods, both at -1 under par. Tiger did what he wanted to do, get back into the tournament. A third round of -6 under par 66 certainly did that;

“It was nice to get back in the tournament again Now it’s playing more like a normal course. I held it together yesterday, a long day, tough day, and that gave me a chance today.I figured, hey, I’m only six back. That’s definitely doable, especially with the conditions and how difficult this golf course is playing. If I just get back to even par for the tournament, I’ll be right there. And I did one better.”

Dustin Johnson,  Miguel Angel Jimenez and Zach Johnson share sixth place at even par for the three rounds. The weather conditions still hold the key around here, if it starts to blow again anything could happen. Another calm day and the winner will come from the top five.