DORAL, Fla. -- In 2005, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson staged a memoral final round that became known as the Duel at Doral.
The way this year's World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship is shaping up, we could be in for another epic showdown.
Woods birdied four of his last six holes -- and narrowly missed a fifth on No. 9 -- to make the turn in 32. He's now 10 under for the week, tied for the lead and one shot clear of the field.
Sharing the top spot with Woods? Mickelson, who just made his fourth birdie in the last five holes to pull even.
Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson are a shot back, while Steve Stricker and Justin Rose are two off the lead.
On a day ideal for scoring, every player in the top 20 is at par or better on the round.
DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods just took the lead with his third birdie over the last four holes and his 12th over his last 25 here at Trump Doral.
The leaderboard is fluid, though, with four others -- Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Justin Rose -- just a stroke behind Woods.
Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson, meanwhile, are another stroke back, while four others, including Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley, are at 6 under.
With little wind, temperatures in the 70s and nothing but clear skies, conditions are perfect for scoring, and we've seen that so far with a flurry or birdies.
The course is actually playing to a slightly higher scoring average than it did on Thursday, but that could change as the day goes on.
In all, 45 of the 63 players in the field are under par at the moment.
DORAL, Fla. -- Earlier this week, Steve Stricker gave Tiger Woods a putting lesson and Woods consequently turned it into a share of the first-round lead.
Friday, Stricker did one better, making three birdies over his first nine holes to take the lead at 8 under.
Five others -- Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Thaworn Wiratchant and Woods -- were another stroke back.
So far, Stricker has been near flawless with the flat stick with a dozen putts, including six one-putts.
He has plenty of company, however. There are currently 15 players within three shots of the lead on what's been another benign day at Trump Doral.
Translation: Conditions are ripe for scoring. Stay tuned.
McIlroy, Woods and Donald are paired for the first two rounds at Doral. (Halleran/Getty Images)
DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods got the best of his playing partners in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship -- and just about everyone else, too.
Woods owns a share of the lead as he and Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald tee off in the second round (12:59 p.m. ET tee time).
How will Woods fare? Will McIlroy recover from an opening 1-over 73? Will Donald outplay them both? Share your thoughts below through the round and click here to follow them live.
Fowler opened with a 3-under 69 and enters the second round three shots back. (Ehrmann/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DORAL, Fla. -- Earlier this week, Rickie Fowler won Seminole Golf Club's Pro-Member for a third straight year, winning the gross division with a better-ball 64 with Buddy Marucci.
The two birdied eight of the last 11 holes to beat Luke List and Toby Wilt by a stroke.
"It's pretty cool," Fowler said. "It's got some history. I get to have my name up on the wall at Seminole. There’s something to be said for that."
There's also something to be said for how Fowler is playing right now.
He's coming off a tie for 13th at The Honda Classic and got off to a good start in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 69 on Thursday that left him three shots off the lead (click here to follow him live on Friday).
Each of the last two years, Fowler has had some pretty hot stretches of golf.
Last year, he had four straight top 10s from April to May, which included his first PGA TOUR win (Wells Fargo Championship) and a runner-up the following week at THE PLAYERS Championship.
In 2011, he had a three-start stretch that included a tie for fifth at the British Open and a runner-up at the Memorial tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance.
Fowler tweaked his back last summer, however, and he has been bothered by it since.
He said it feels "pretty good" this week, which is an improvement from last week at PGA National, where he said it hurt with every swing.
As part of playing through it, Fowler re-evaluated his workout and treatment plan and it appears to be paying off.
"I'm definitely making progress with it," he said. "We're heading in the right direction, but it might take a while."
But as Fowler also pointed out, "it doesn't hurt as much when you play well."
DORAL, Fla. -- Here's a look at some key numbers from the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship:
· Tiger Woods made nine birdies in the opening round from Trump Doral. Since 2010, Woods has had only two other rounds on the PGA TOUR with nine or more birdies (or better) in a round. In the last 10 years, Woods has completed a first round with nine or more only once: the 2012 BMW Championship, where he finished tied for fourth.
· Freddie Jacobson made two eagles in the first round Thursday. It is the first time in Jacobson’s career on TOUR that he has done that. Jacobson also become the 14th player to make two eagles in a single round at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship but only one accomplished this feat in the first round: Sean O'Hair in 2009.
· Woods and Sergio Garcia are two of the players tied for the lead, and it marks the first time on TOUR that Woods and Garcia have been tied atop the leaderboard at the conclusion of any round. The last time these two even finished in the top 5 at the conclusion of a first round was the 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
· Phil Mickelson finished the first round with a bogey-free 67. Completing the first round of a TOUR event without a hole played over par seems to be a good omen for Mickelson. In the last 10 years, Mickelson has had 14 previous bogey-free first rounds. He has won five of those events; most recently the Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year. He has had 11 top-10s in those events and his worst finish was a tie for 15th.
By PGATOUR.COM staff
Tiger Woods made nine birdies in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on Thursday, the second-most birdies he's had in a single round in his career.
The most he's carded in a single round on the PGA TOUR is 10, which he did twice. Woods had 10 in the 2005 Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines North and 10 at the 2003 Bay Hill Invitational.
Here are seven of Woods' nine birdies on Thursday. He carded a 6-under 66 and shares the lead. He started on the back nine at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral.