Thursday, March 20, 2008

WGC-CA Championship, 1st Round - Doral Humbled.

The venerable Blue Monster was brought to it's knees today due to a birdie barrage from the world's best. Super receptive greens and relatively benign conditions made for the scoring fest. The lead is shared by Miguel, (Wily Spaniard), Angel Jimenez and Geoff Ogilvy at -7. Stewart Cink holds solo 2nd at -6 and five players, including Tiger Woods share 3rd at -5. Ten players are at locked at -4. I said yesterday that tournaments aren't won on Thursday, but can be lost. Notables among the lost are Colin Montgomerie, +3, Angel Cabrera, +3, Ernie Els, +2, and D.J. Trahan, +2. Making the cut is a lofty goal for anyone over par. All tallied there's 44 players under par, 11 at even par, and 25 over par at the end of Round #1. Go low or go home .

Players I mentioned in yesterday's post include Phil, -5, Adam Scott, -5, Sergio, -3, K.J Choi, -2, Justin Rose, -2, Steve Stricker, -1, Lee Westwood, -1, and Vijay, +1. Look for more siege mentality scoring tomorrow if the wind and rain hold off. These guys are too good when throwing darts at greens.

I offer no answer, but must I admit feeling bad for the last few groups that had to finish in a torrential downpour. I realize that lightning or flooded fairways and greens are the determiner for stopping play. Still, the way this rain hit was so fast that it altered playing conditions severely in a short period of time. A small portion of the field played their last few holes on a course much different from their competition. Also, being a limited field, perhaps some accommodation could have been considered.

It's a good start. I'm hoping for some wind to spice this baby up a bit. Tomorrow should be an interesting set up for the weekend.

Til' next,

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