Slow start for Woods at Blue Monster
DORAL, Fla. - Tiger Woods made it through only 10 holes Thursday - this time because of the weather, not his back.
The debut of the new Blue Monster, and the return of Woods, received an incomplete grade Thursday when the opening round of the Cadillac Championship was held up for more than two hours because of menacing thunderstorms.
Harris English was among only six players who finished the round, hitting a 5-iron into the par-3 ninth hole and rolling in a 45-foot birdie putt for a 3-under 69.
The golf course and the world's No. 1 player showed enough.
Woods, who walked off after 13 holes Sunday in the Honda Classic because of lower-back pain and spasms, said he warmed up well and felt good during the delay. His golf didn't look all that great. He was 2-over par through 10 holes, ending the day with a wedge that came up about 20 yards short of his target, leading to a three-putt for bogey from about 55 feet.
"I'm ready to go back out tomorrow and play well," he said.
Trump National Doral, completely overhauled by Malvern's Gil Hanse, showed plenty of bite on a windy, cloudy afternoon.
"Mr. Trump wanted a very tough test on the Blue Monster, and I think that's what he got," English said.
The course average was at 73.8.