Mickelson's 450-yard drive leads to birdie
It came to rest 450 yards from the tee on the 419-yard hole -- but still on a cart path. He ended up hitting his shot from there and knocking it close enough to make a birdie.
"You hit the ball in as much trouble as I do off the tee, you learn to hit those kind of shots and have enough practice at it, I kind of knew what was going to happen," he said.
This is the 28th time that Tiger Woods has held or shared a first-round lead, and 13 times he has gone on to victory. But the last was at this tournament in 2006 -- when it was the American Express Invitational.
One of the oddities of the WGC-Cadillac Championship is the two-tee start in threesomes for just 65 players. It seems to rob golf fans of a longer, more enjoyable day of spectating. The tee times began at 11:20 a.m. ET and concluded at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Although there was constant action then on both nines, it takes away from the all-day atmosphere of a tournament. Clearly some of this is done for television purposes, because more players are on the course at the same time, offering more options. But it's a bad deal for fans.
And when the weekend comes, the tournament then reverts to twosomes off the first tee. Why not Thursday-Friday?
Rickie Fowler's first two rounds at Doral might present a professional golf first for him: being the oldest player in his threesome.