DORAL, Fla. – Although he hit just half of his fairways on a benign day by Doral standards, Tiger Woods found himself atop the leaderboard thanks to a hot putter that yielded nine birdies at the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Woods’ effort was even more impressive considering he managed just one par through his first five holes and yet was even par. For the day, he hit seven of 14 fairways, 13 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 23 putts, including two lengthy birdie putts at Nos. 4 and 16.
Steve Stricker gets at least partial credit for Woods’ Day 1 performance following an impromptu lesson on Wednesday.
“Whatever he says, I’m going to do. He’s one of the best putters that’s ever lived,” Woods said. “He got me into the same posture that I was at Torrey. I had gotten off a little bit. So I felt comfortable, basically just like I did at Torrey, and I started rolling it just like I did then.”