Friday, March 21, 2008

WGC-CA Championship at Doral (Round 1)

The Blue Course at the Doral Resort & Spa (aka The Blue Monster) boasts a challenge of shaggy rough and fast, tricky greens, making the course a nice precursor to Augusta, albeit without trees.

Let’s get the Tiger hoopla out of the way shall we? He’s going for 4 consecutive tour victories in 2008 and 8 consecutive tour victories in his last 8 events.

His chances are pretty good. He’s won 6 out of the last 8 tournaments at Doral and 15 out of the last 26 WGC events. At Doral, Tiger is a combined 54-under par with a 67.5 scoring avg.

Tied for 3rd going into the 2nd round, he’s still the guy to beat.

But don’t tell that Miguel Angel Jimenez & Geoff Ogilvy, both of who went into the clubhouse tied for the lead at 7-under.

You may not know who Ryuji Imada is, but you will. He’s finished 2nd twice in events this season and is a lock to surpass his money totals from last year. He’s 3rd on the tour in Putting Average (1.715/hole) and currently stands at 4-under par, tied for 4th place.

Monsoon weather also had an effect on play at Doral on Thursday. Heavy downpours and gusts wreaked havoc on the greens, making putting a greater challenge, even to Tiger, who 3-putted the 18th for a bogey.

"You three putt 18, you're not going to be real happy," Woods mentioned, probably through the grit of his teeth.

If any player has a chance to take down Tiger this week, perhaps they should pray for more rain.

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