Friday, March 11, 2011
Hunter Mahan leads at Doral
ESPN.com news services
DORAL, Fla. -- Hunter Mahan completed his final seven holes and shot 64 to take the lead after the first round of the weather-delayed World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on Friday morning at Doral.
Ryo Ishikawa of Japan woke up to learn of devastation at home and managed to keep his mind on golf Friday, finishing off a first round of 7-under 65 that left him one shot behind Mahan.
Martin Kaymer, in his second week at No. 1 in the world, opened with a 66.
Tiger Woods added a birdie in three holes for a 70, while Phil Mickelson hit two balls into the water on the par-5 eighth for a double bogey and a 73.
The opening round was delayed because of a storm system that topped two TV towers and the monster scoreboard on Thursday.
Mahan, the only American to win the last five World Golf Championships, missed only two greens in the opening round, failing to save par from a front bunker on No. 7, which played into the wind.
He answered with a wedge downwind to inside a foot for birdie on the eighth to atone for his only mistake.
Kaymer picked up a late birdie on the 16th to finish two shots back.
"Yesterday it was a scoring day," Kaymer said. "There were a lot of birdie chances. Today, you have to keep it together to make pars."
The group at 67 included Nick Watney and Luke Donald, who at No. 3 in the world played in the 1-2-3 grouping with Kaymer and Lee Westwood. Westwood made three bogeys before finishing with a birdie for a 70.
Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott and Vijay Singh were in the group at 68.
Woods and Mickelson went opposite directions in the three holes they played. Mickelson followed a bogey on No. 7 with two shots in the water at the par-5 eighth. The tee shot landed on a cart path and bounced into the water, and his next shot caught a slope leading up to the green and turned into the pond.
Woods hit 5-iron from 176 yards into the wind on the seventh hole and had to make a 6-footer for his two-putt par. Going the opposite way on the eighth, he hit a 7-iron from 210 yards just left of the green and got up-and-down for birdie.
The second round was to begin Friday afternoon on schedule.
"Guys are not going to be shooting low numbers now," Woods said. "This is a tough wind because obviously the strength; also the coolness that it brings in there because the ball is not flying very far."
Information from The Associated Press is included in this report.