Friday's Golf Capsules
Saturday, March 10, 2012
DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Bubba Watson and Justin Rose put on an amazing show of birdies in blustery conditions at Doral, making 17 between them while playing in the same group Friday at the Cadillac Championship.
Their playful duel was decided by Watson's eagle, giving him a 10-under 62 and a one-shot lead.
Watson belted a 3-iron that barely got over a palm tree, carried over the water into the wind and settled 6 feet away on the par-5 eighth for an eagle putt that gave him a one-shot lead over Rose.
Mark Wilson, the third in that group, shot a respectable 70 and was just along for the ride.
Watson was at 12-under 132 and will get to play again in the final group Saturday with Rose, who had to settle for a 64.
Despite the steady wind, there were plenty of low scores on the Blue Monster. The average score was 69.9, close to three strokes easier than the opening round. There were 12 scores in the 60s on Thursday, and 31 of them Friday.
Tiger Woods played bogey-free for a 67 and actually lost ground. He moved up the leaderboard, but is seven shots behind going into the weekend, with 14 players ahead of him. Rory McIlroy, in his first tournament as the new world No. 1, managed a 69 and fell 10 shots off the lead.
PUERTO RICO OPEN
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Matt Jones shot a 5-under 67 to open a three-stroke lead over George McNeill in the PGA Tour's Puerto Rico Open.
Jones, tied with McNeill for the first-round lead, had a bogey-free morning round to reach 11-under 133 on the wind-swept Trump International course. The Australian is winless on the PGA Tour.
The wind increased throughout the day, gusting to 23 mph in the afternoon.
McNeill had a 70.
Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa, playing the event for the first time after failing to qualify for the World Golf Championship event at Doral, was four strokes back at 7 under along with Todd Hamilton. Ishikawa shot a 67, and Hamilton had a 69. Michael Bradley, the winner in 2009 and 2011, was 1 under after a 71.
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