Golf Roundup (March 7): Tiger Woods shares lead at Doral after first round, Rory McIlroy struggles

By Doug Ferguson | Associated Press Published:

By Doug Ferguson | Associated Press

DORAL, Fla. -- Tiger Woods was on his game, and so were most of the world best golfers Thursday in the Cadillac Championship.

Except for the world's No. 1 player.

Woods made nine birdies on the Blue Monster at Doral for a 6-under 66 that put him in a five-way share of the lead with Masters champion Bubba Watson, former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Freddie Jacobson.

This World Golf Championship lived up to its name with Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Hunter Mahan among those one shot behind.

But it was another rough day for Rory McIlroy.

He hit only three fairways and made six bogeys that kept him at par or worse on a perfect day for scoring. Despite making a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 first hole, and lacing a 5-iron over the water for another eagle attempt on the par-5 eighth that narrowly missed, the best he could manage was a 73.

McIlroy has yet to break par this year.

"It was a bit of a struggle, to be honest," McIlroy said to Sky Sports. "Hit some good shots. Hit some not-so-good shots. As I've been saying all week, this is a work in progress and I'm working at it and I'm staying patient."

Romero, Percy lead Puerto Rico Open

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- Andres Romero made two late bogeys Thursday to drop into a tie for the Puerto Rico Open lead with Cameron Percy at 7-under 65.

Blayne Barber and Jon Curran were a stroke back.

Garrettsville native Colt Knost was three strokes back after shooting 4-under 68.

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