Woods’ day ended after 10 holes because of rain at the Cadillac Championship at Doral outside of Miami, but he registered no birdies and two bogeys to finish at plus-2, five shots behind the leaders. At least his back, which forced him to withdraw last Sunday from the Honda Classic, seemed fit.
“Warmup was good and I felt good all day, even through the delay,” Woods said. “I’m ready to go back out tomorrow and play well.”
His day ended with a bogey at the par-5 10th, and that left him five shots behind the overnight leaders. Of the 68 players who were on the course Thursday, only seven failed to make a single birdie. Woods was one of them. Going back to the third round of the Honda, he has only one birdie in his last 26 holes. On No. 8 Thursday, Woods had a short birdie putt and missed it.
His playing partner, Adam Scott, has a chance to replace Woods at No. 1 in the world if he wins this World Golf Championship and Woods finishes worse than fifth.
Woods will play 26 more holes Friday, weather permitting.
“Should be a long day for all of us,” he said.
In 39 completed rounds so far for Woods at Doral’s “Blue Monster,” he has only shot over par three times. That includes a 73 in the final round in 2007 when he won the CA Championship.
“Hopefully, tomorrow I can get back out there in the morning, play well and work back to even par by the end of the first round,” Woods said. “Then shoot a low one in the afternoon.”