Saturday At The CA Championships – Woods, Ogilvy and Scott In One Pairing
The world’s number one golfer is steering down his opponents after successful Friday at the CA Championship in Doral, Florida. Woods came out to play after the unhappy ending to Thursday’s round, where he bogeyed the 18th hole.
Friday was attack day for Tiger, as he needed to position himself close enough to the leaders in preparation for Saturday’s round. Tiger made four critical par putts within six feet to close the door on his fellow contenders. The most important ones came on the 17th and 18th holes.
Steaming up momentum, he left a 70-foot birdie putt about 8 feet short, then made par to stay in the hunt. Woods whose putting was on today finished -11 and one off the lead from Geoff Ogilvy.
Woods also played the four par 5s in 5 under on Friday, making a pair of eagles and a 9-foot birdie putt on the eighth hole. He holed a bunker shot at the 12th to get his round off to a positive start, then set up the second eagle with a deadly 7-iron from 189 yards that rode the wind and settled 7 feet from the pin at the first hole. The last time Woods had two eagles in a round was at the 2007 Buick Invitational last year.
Woods who is seeking his sixth straight PGA TOUR victory and is fourth straight win on Doral’s Blue Monster. He’s the defending champion at the CA Championship and has won six of those World Golf Championships overall.
CA Championship Tidbits:
Tiger Woods posted the round of the day with a 6-under 66, falling just one stroke shy of holding the lead for the 19th time in 34 rounds at the WGC-CA Championship.
Six countries are represented among the top nine players on the leaderboard, including the United States (Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Mark Calcavecchia), Australia (Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott), Denmark (Anders Hansen), India (Jeev Singh), Spain (Miguel Angel Jimenez) and Sweden (Robert Karlsson).
Tiger Woods eagled Nos. 1 and 12 on Friday to become the first player in the field with two eagles in a round this week. It represents the first time since the 2007 Buick Invitational that Woods has performed the feat. Overall, there have been 13 eagles so far this week, compared to just 12 the entire tournament a year ago.
All three past champions of the WGC-CA Championship are participating this week, including six-time winner Tiger Woods (second), Mike Weir (tie for 32nd) and Ernie Els (tie for 72nd).
The second-round course average at the par-72 Doral Golf Resort & Spa’s Blue Course was 72.329. The toughest hole on Friday was the par-4 18th hole with a 4.544 average. That hole ranked as the hardest hole on TOUR in 2004 and 2007.
Geoff Ogilvy (67) and Vijay Singh (68) managed the only bogey-free rounds on Friday, bringing the total of such rounds to four this week. Ogilvy has played his first 36 holes without a bogey.
That’s DaScoop from the CA Championship!!!!