World's elite battle conditions at WGC
BY Bruce Young | US PGA Tour | 2014 WGC Cadillac Championship | Round Two | 08 Mar 2014
On a golf course strengthened by a major redesign over the past twelve months and buffeted by strong winds, the elite of the golfing world struggled to stay in touch with par at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral Resort in Miami today, only four players under par at the completion of 36 holes.
Those players are Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar at 1 under, but only one back is a large group at even par including Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell.
All but six of the field were required to complete round one today before heading out for round two. For many therefore it was a case of battling the conditions for as many as twenty seven holes, the demanding conditions taking their toll by the end of the day.
Adam Scott and Scott Hend heads the Australians at 4 over although only five shots from the lead. The Queenslander had eight holes to play when he returned to the golf course and his opening few holes of the day threatened to blow him out of the event.
Scott dropped six shots in his first five holes of the day before staging a recovery to finish with a round of 75. He was soon in trouble again however with a bogey and double bogey respectively at his 4th and 5th holes at which point he was 6 over for the round. A double bogey at his 13th hole did not help his cause but he bounced back with birdies in three of his last five holes to stay in touch.
Hend is playing this event because of his outstanding year in Asia in 2013 and having played in New Zealand last week he flew back to not only the US but to Florida. He staged a strong recovery to complete round one in even par and early in round two was contending for the lead before a back nine of 41 saw him five from the lead.
It has been however an impressive performance to date for the Queenslander who bases himself in Ponte Vedra Beach in Florida.
Brett Rumford has struggled all week and is at a massive 18 over par and of course Jason Day withdrew just prior to round one.