Tiger Woods was on his game, and so were most of the world best golfers Thursday in the Cadillac Championship. Except for the world's No. 1 player.
Woods made nine birdies on the Blue Monster at Doral (Fla.) for a 6-under 66 that gave him in a share of the lead with Bubba Watson, Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Freddie Jacobson. Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan were among those a shot back.
But it was another rough day for Rory McIlroy. He hit only three fairways and made six bogeys on a perfect day for scoring. Despite making a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 first hole (10th of the day), the best he could manage was a 73. McIlroy has yet to break par this year.
"It was a bit of a struggle, to be honest," he said to Sky Sports. "Hit some good shots. Hit some not-so-good shots."
McIlroy played alongside Woods and Luke Donald (70) -- Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the world. Coming off a pedestrian performance a week ago at the Honda Classic at PGA National (Fla.), Woods looked sharp in most aspects of his game, except for a few lapses with his chipping. He holed two long birdie putts, including a sliding 40-footer on No. 4.
"It was certainly a day that could have been a little lower," said Woods, who was selected for random drug testing after his round.
Mickelson, as usual, kept it entertaining. He pulled his tee shot on 17, and his ball stopped rolling after it traveled some 450 yards. He purposely took a free
"You hit the ball in as much trouble as I do off the tee, you learn to hit those kinds of shots," he said.
PGA Tour: Andres Romero and Cameron Percy both shot 7-under 65s and shared the Puerto Rico Open lead at Rio Grande's Trump International. Blayne Barber and Jon Curran had 66s.