Donning a red shirt and black pants on Sunday, Patrick Reed warmed up on the range next to Tiger Woods, who was wearing his trademark outfit — it was a curious sight, but apparently it didn’t bother the 23-year-old who has admitted to idolizing the world’s no. 1.
Like many others at the newly-renovated Trump National Doral, Tiger Woods was left somewhat dumbfounded trying to conquer the difficult blustery conditions in the delayed first-round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship.
The first round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship was halted at 2:22pm due to inclement weather in the area. After thunderstorms and showers hit Trump National Doral, the range re-opened just before 4pm and then golfers were back in position to restart play at 4:45pm.
Fresh off the biggest victory of his career, the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, just two weeks ago, Jason Day was forced to withdraw from the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Thursday with a thumb injury. Day, the world no. 4, says his left thumb bothered him the last time he played and the discomfort continued at Doral.
Tiger Woods withdrew after 13 holes at PGA National during the final round of the Honda Classic last Sunday, citing lower back spasms. But, just a few days later at the newly-renovated Trump National Doral, he was smiling and seemed in good spirits in his pre-tournament press conference Wednesday afternoon.
It wasn’t easy, but Jason Day got it done. The 26-year-old Australian won his first World Golf Championship of his career at the Accenture Match Play Championship, beating Frenchman Victor Dubuisson in an epic duel at Dove Mountain. It took 23 holes — that’s five playoff ones — to make it happen.
While Victor Dubuisson didn’t end up winning, he deserves credit for the clutch shots he hit coming down the stretch, along with the unbelievable up-and-downs from the desert in extra holes.
Sorry for the lack of posts all week from the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, but as I’ve mentioned, I’m working as on-air talent for Fox Sports International (Asia) — which has been absolutely awesome, but it’s obviously kept me really busy, not to mention it’s my first time doing real TV in this capacity.