At the time, Jason Dufner was leading at five-under through 10 holes, while Russell Henley, who won last week’s Honda Classic in a playoff, trailed by one.
Luke Donald was three-under through 11 holes.
“I was playing pretty good, making some putts, hitting a lot of greens,” said Donald during the delay. “I’m struggling on three, I have a 25-footer for bogey unfortunately, but happy with my start, I made some putts, I hit some good swings. Course is in good shape.”
Rory McIlroy was one-under through nine.
“It was a tough day,” he said. “I mean, it was windy out there, a couple of tricky pin positions. I got off to a really good start, 3-under through four holes, and then bogeyed the last couple of holes play that I had, 17 and 18.
“I hit a really good drive off of 18 and it pitched on the fairway, but Phil (Mickelson), who I was playing with, got unlucky, too, because he actually pitched his second shot on the green and it went in the water.
“It’s just such a tough hole. You get it slightly wrong, and you’re in the water.”
McIlroy, who has been in contention in his last few starts, was keen to get off to a quick start.
“I’m playing well and I’m comfortable with my game,” said the world no. 6. “So I wasn’t going to let one bad day last week sort of derail the good path that I’m on.
“I played well from the start again, and made four birdies already. Hopefully make a few more and I think anything in these conditions, depending on what it’s like, either today or tomorrow, anything in the 60s around here is good.”
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods was one-over through six holes. Oh, and one of his playing partners, Henrik Stenson cold-shanked a shot on the second hole (via Kyle Porter at CBSSports.com).
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