Woods tied for lead at Doral as McIlroy struggles

Tiger Woods was on his game, and so were most of the world best golfers Thursday in the Cadillac Championship at Doral, Fla.

Except for the world's No. 1 player.

Woods made nine birdies on the Blue Monster at Doral for a 6-under 66 that put him in a five-way share of the lead with Masters champion Bubba Watson, former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Freddie Jacobson. Phil Mickelson is among those one shot behind.

But it was another rough day for Rory McIlroy. He hit only three fairways and made six bogeys that kept him at par or worse on a perfect day for scoring. Despite making a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 first hole, and lacing a 5-iron over the water for another eagle attempt on the par-5 eighth that narrowly missed, the best he could manage was a 73.

- Associated Press

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