March 07, 2014
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
- Woods made just one par on the back nine in his opening round at Trump National Doral. (Squire/Getty Images)
DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods shot his highest career score at Doral in the opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, a 4-over 76 that he completed Friday morning after play was suspended due to darkness a day earlier.
It was just the fourth time in 44 trips to Trump National Doral, where Woods is the defending champion and a four-time winner, that he failed to break par. He did not talk to the media afterward and will tee off in the second round at 11:44 a.m. ET, eight shots off the lead.
Woods, who began his round on the 11th hole, opened with a bogey after finding a greenside bunker and failing to get up and down.
He added another at the par-3 13th when he again found the sand before compounding things with a double bogey at 14. Woods' approach landed in the back bunker and he failed to get out on his next shot before pitching through the green and eventually making 6.
Woods was hardly the only one to struggle. Playing partners Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson were 3 over and 1 over, respectively, and only 14 players broke par on a windswept two days at the completely redesigned Trump National Doral.
It could have been a lot worse for Woods if not for three straight birdies on Nos. 15 through 17.
But any satisfaction was short-lived. Woods found the water off the tee on 18 and went on to make bogey, finishing with just one par on the back nine.
He hit just five fairways and just over half his greens in regulation. He also struggled with his putting, taking 30 in all -- though he did manage to make four outside of 10 feet a day after making only one putt beyond 6 feet.