March 11 2011
DORAL, Fla. -- The odds might be stacked against Hunter Mahan, who set the pace in the first round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship with a 64.
The first-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win just two of nine stroke-play events on TOUR this season, Jonathan Byrd at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Aaron Baddeley at the Northern Trust Open.
Meanwhile, in 11 previous Cadillac Championships, the first-round leader or co-leader has gone on to win the event four times – Tiger Woods in 2002, Woods in ‘06, Geoff Ogilvy in ‘08 and Phil Mickelson in ‘09.
BEST BALL-STRIKERS: Rory McIlroy (68) led the field in round one by hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation. Francesco Molinari (68) led the field with 12 of 14 fairways hit in regulation.
HOLE STATS: The par-3 fourth hole played the toughest during the first round with an average of 3.227. The par-5 first hole was the easiest at 4.303.
SETTING THE STANDARD: Rory McIlroy (68), Padraig Harrington (68) and Jhonattan Vegas (69) had the only bogey-free scores in the first round. But 47 of 66 players recorded par-or-better scores during the first round.