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Big storms, low scores highlight opening round at Doral

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The above photo tells you all you need to know about today’s first round of the WGC-Cadillac at Doral: It was a slog. A thunderstorm cell ripped through the area just 30 minutes after play had started and delayed things for a while; crews were then forced to clean up the carnage from wind gusts upwards of 50 miles per hour.

The storm knocked over a television tower and leaderboard near the 18th green. Thankfully, nobody was hurt … except for the golf course, which promptly got ripped to shreds by the players in the field just after the weather delay was over. Hunter Mahan was 7-under after 11 holes when play was called due to darkness; seven other players were two shots back at 5-under, including new number one Martin Kaymer and Matt Kuchar. And your obligatory Tiger Woods update for the day: he’s was one-under with three holes to go.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

03/10/2011 at 8:01 pm

Posted in PGA Tour

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