4-way tie for the lead after a day of survival - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

4-way tie for the lead after a day of survival

Posted: Updated:
By DOUG FERGUSON
AP Golf Writer

DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Dustin Johnson was one of the few players who looked like he was having a good time at the Cadillac Championship.

The new Blue Monster is bluer than ever with all the water in play. Throw in a relentless wind with gusts that topped 30 mph, and it lived up to its nickname. That would explain how none of the four players tied for the lead, including Johnson, could manage better than 74.

It explains why Tiger Woods could follow his highest score ever at Doral by hitting three balls in the water, and still be only six shots out of the lead. It explains how Phil Mickelson could make three straight double bogeys and, like Woods, still be in the mix.

Brandt Snedeker was in the middle of the seventh fairway and chose to lay up short of the green. Bubba Watson laid up on a par 3.

"I like it playing hard," said Johnson, who made three bogeys on his last six holes for a 74 to fall into a four-way tie for the lead. "Being 1-under and tied for the lead, that says something about the conditions, and also the golf course."

It would suggest they were hard - both of them.

Matt Kuchar hit out of the rough to within tap-in range on the 18th for a birdie, giving him a 74 and a share of the lead. Hunter Mahan, four holes after making triple bogey, hit 4-iron to 5 feet for eagle that helped him salvage a 74 and a share of the lead. Patrick Reed made only two birdies in his round of 75 to join them.

They were at 1-under 143, the only players remaining under par.

NBC Sports is in the last year of its contract televising the U.S. Open. For one day, it looked like the peacock got two U.S. Opens in one year.

There were horror stories just about everywhere.

Johnson's 9-iron landed on the green at No. 15 and wound up in the water. Webb Simpson played away from the water on the seventh hole, went left into the bunker, and his next shot came out of the sand and into the water he was trying to avoid in the first place.

It was like that all day.

"I felt stressed all day, because I knew every shot had 'big penalty' written all over it," Mahan said. "It was a really tough day. There wasn't an easy shot out there. One of those rounds where it could go south pretty fast, so you've got to grind it out and find a way to get a number up there and get to the weekend."

Here are the gory details:

- Only three players broke par - Jamie Donaldson of Wales led the way with a 70, followed by Graeme McDowell and Chris Kirk, who each had a 71.

- The average score was 76.

- There were 113 balls that found the water on Friday, which was just 19 fewer than the entire tournament a year ago at Doral.

- Five players failed to break 80, a group that included two players who were No. 1 in the world - Luke Donald (82) and Martin Kaymer (80).

- Jonas Blixt had the only bogey-free round. He made 18 pars.

All that, and the tournament is wide open.

McDowell had only one bogey in his round of 71 and was at even-par 144, along with Rory McIlroy (74) and Francesco Molinari (75). Bubba Johnson and Zach Johnson were another shot behind, followed by a group that included Harris English and Jason Dufner, both of whom shot 77.

"It was a day where you obviously couldn't win the golf tournament, but you could let it get away from you, and you could rack up a few big numbers and play yourself out of contention," McIlroy said.

It felt like a U.S. Open. It looked like a U.S. Open. And based on a small sample of the complaints, it sounded like a U.S. Open.

"The setup is horrendous," Simpson said after a 78, two shots better than the 80 he shot in the opening round. "Even if we had a 10 mph wind, it still would have been bad. I played terrible. I want to get that out there. But when you have conditions like this, and a setup like this, so much luck comes into play."

Henrik Stenson prefaced his comments by saying, "How do you say something you might regret the rest of your life?"

So he didn't.

Woods said his back was sore from a long day - he played 26 holes - but he made it out alive. Despite the three water balls - a wedge on No. 3, a tee shot on No. 8 and a tee shot on the par-3 15th - he made a 90-foot birdie putt and followed that with a 3-foot birdie putt, and he kept bogeys off his card the rest of the way for a 73.

"We've all got a shot at it now," Woods said. "No one is going anywhere."

Masters champion Adam Scott, who played with Woods and Stenson (76), also had a 73 and was only five shots behind.

The good news for the players? The wind is not supposed to be as fierce on the weekend. The new Doral doesn't take much to make it interesting.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson & Brett Ratner

    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson & Brett Ratner

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 1:27 AM EDT2014-07-29 05:27:04 GMT
    Dwayne "The Rock" JohnsonDwayne "The Rock" Johnson
    When it comes to the movie "Hercules," the big man on screen and the bigwig behind the scenes have more than the movie in common. They share a love of the same hometown.
    When it comes to the movie "Hercules," the big man on screen and the bigwig behind the scenes have more than the movie in common. They share a love of the same hometown.
  • Hash House Harriers

    Hash House Harriers

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:15:05 GMT
    You know the drill, party too hard on the weekend and then work it off all week in the gym. A South Florida running club let's you work out your legs and your liver. Deco got a taste of the wild weird world of the Hash House Harriers.
    You know the drill, party too hard on the weekend and then work it off all week in the gym. A South Florida running club let's you work out your legs and your liver. Deco got a taste of the wild weird world of the Hash House Harriers.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy - Dave Bautista

    Guardians of the Galaxy - Dave Bautista

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:14 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:14:06 GMT
    The movie doesn't open til Friday, but right now a bunch of lucky Deco viewers are at a sneak preview for "Guardians of the Galaxy." For those of you who couldn't score passes, we've got the next best thing: One of the jacked up stars giving an exclusive interview to Deco.
    The movie doesn't open til Friday, but right now a bunch of lucky Deco viewers are at a sneak preview for "Guardians of the Galaxy." For those of you who couldn't score passes, we've got the next best thing: One of the jacked up stars giving an exclusive interview to Deco.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

    Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:30:52 GMT
    By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
    By SAMANTHA HENRY Associated Press She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."
  • Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

    Key prosecution witness heard in ex-Va. gov trial

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:16:54 GMT
    They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick....
    They were once friends, or at least friendly. Both were self-made men who'd soared far past their working-class background. One was a rising star of the Republican Party and potential vice-presidential pick. The other,...
  • Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

    Philanthropist calls for saving Corcoran in court

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 08:57:52 GMT
    Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up...
    Wayne Reynolds, a leading Washington philanthropist, laid out an alternative plan in court hearings this week to save one of the nation's oldest museums and its college as a judge considers whether to break up the...
  • National SportsMore>>

  • Neymar says back improving during Japan trip

    Neymar says back improving during Japan trip

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:38 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:38:14 GMT
    Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup.
    Brazil and Barcelona striker Neymar says he is almost back to full fitness after the serious back injury he sustained at the World Cup.
  • Amputee jumper won't contest team exclusion

    Amputee jumper won't contest team exclusion

    Thursday, July 31 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-31 10:27:49 GMT
    A German amputee long jumper says he will not contest the decision to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships.
    A German amputee long jumper says he will not contest the decision to exclude him from the upcoming European Championships.
  • Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault

    Aussie weightlifter arrested for alleged assault

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:16 AM EDT2014-07-31 09:16:45 GMT
    The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.
    The Australian team says weightlifter Francois Etoundi has been stripped of his Commonwealth Games accreditation after being arrested over an alleged assault in the athletes' village in Glasgow.
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.