Mar
10
2011
(Another) Siren Gets in Tiger’s Way
By Stephanie Wei under European PGA Tour

Tiger Woods approached the 10th tee at TPC Blue Monster and laughed when the horn blew, halting play at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Just in time.

As Tiger passed by Anthony Kim, who was hitting in the practice bunker, AK asked, “Are you going to the game (Lakers vs. Heat) tonight?” Informed that he was, AK said, “I’ll see you there.” It sounds like just about every player is planning to be at the American Airlines Arena tonight — the question is whether they’ll make it in time for tip-off (if play is resumed).

Officials told players the delay could last for three hours.

Walking in from the range, Graeme McDowell, ranked No. 4 in the world, gestured at the darkening skies and said half-jokingly, “Wonder how they could tell (the storm) was coming?”

Minutes after we walked into the clubhouse, the rain started coming down sideways (here’s a look from the media room). I ran into several players that seemed confused why tee times weren’t moved up to the morning since they expected storms. I just feel bad for the horde of fans that camped out at No. 10, waiting for Tiger, Phil Mickelson and G-Mac, and found torrential showers instead.

At 12:50pm the rain has let up, but the blustery conditions blew over several TV towers and the main scoreboard. Stay tuned — round one may not happen at all today.

Ben Crane (pulled rib muscle), Tim Clark (tendinitis in elbow) and Bubba Watson (flu) withdrew this morning and will collect last-place prize money (which will be donated to the charity of their choice).

*Update, 2:00pm ET: While it appears a mini hurricane swept through Doral, play will resume at 2:30pm ET. Winds reached up to 52mph and blew over several TV towers, along with a leaderboard (see picture of damage). The cameras behind the 9th green fell into the pond. I’m told just the lens on one of those cameras cost $100,000! — which explains why they sent a scuba diver after it in the drink.

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)