March 7 2013
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.