PGA Tour

Reed grabs Doral lead

2014-03-07 19:55
Patrick Reed (AFP Photo)

Doral - American Patrick Reed grabbed a one-shot lead at the end of the rain-delayed opening round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on Friday while Tiger Woods saved his day with a blazing finish.

Reed, who had a four-way share of the overnight lead when play was halted due to darkness, returned early on Friday to complete his final seven holes en route to a four-under 68.

Compatriots Harris English, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Italian Francesco Molinari were all a further shot back.

But most of the drama was taking place behind the front-runners as and Australian world number two Adam Scott endured roller-coaster finishes to their opening rounds.

Woods, a seven-times winner of the WGC-Cadillac, picked up where he left on Thursday. After bogeying the 10th in the evening dusk Woods returned to the Blue Monster layout in the morning sun and promptly bogeyed the 11th to go to three over.

The defending champion's woes continued with a bogey at 13 and a double-bogey at 14 to send him plummeting down the leaderboard.

But Woods hit back with three straight birdies from the 15th to claw his way back into contention before finding the water on the 18th to finish with yet another bogey and four-over 76.

Playing partner Scott, who will have a chance to replace Woods as world number one with a win this week, began his day one shot back of the leaders but quickly found himself heading in the wrong direction with a double-bogey on 11.

Things continued to go from bad to worse for the Masters champion with a horrendous stretch of holes that included a bogey at 13, a double-bogey at 14 and another bogey at 15.

But like Woods, Scott halted the slide with birdies at 16 and 17 before one final bogey at the last left him on three-over 75, seven back of the leader.

With the sun shining and wind blowing, golfers were quickly back out on the course in an attempt to get the $9 million event back on schedule.

Leaderboard:

68 69 - Patrick Reed (U.S.)

69 Harris English (U.S.) 69 Jason Dufner (U.S.) 69 Dustin Johnson (U.S.) 69 Matt Kuchar (U.S.) 69 Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 69 Francesco Molinari (Italy)

69 70 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain)

70 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 70 Luke Donald (Britain) 70 Zach Johnson (U.S.) 70 Rory McIlroy (Britain) 70 Ryan Moore (U.S.)

70 71 Ian Poulter (Britain)

71 72 Russell Henley (U.S.)

72 Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 72 Victor Dubuisson (France) 72 Scott Hend (Australia) 72 Kim Hyung-Sung (South Korea) 72 Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 72 Gary Woodland (U.S.) 72 Nick Watney (U.S.)

72 73 Henrik Stenson (Sweden)

73 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 73 Bubba Watson (U.S.) 73 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 73 Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 73 Bill Haas (U.S.) 73 Peter Uihlein (U.S.) 73 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 73 Brandt Snedeker (U.S.) 73 Darren Fichardt (South Africa)

73 74 Richard Sterne (South Africa)

74 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 74 Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 74 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 74 Phil Mickelson (U.S.) 74 George Coetzee (South Africa) 74 Sergio Garcia (Spain) 74 Justin Rose (Britain) 74 Roberto Castro (U.S.)

74 75 Stephen Gallacher (Britain)

75 Lee Westwood (Britain) 75 Branden Grace (South Africa) 75 Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 75 Jeong Jin (South Korea) 75 Adam Scott (Australia) 75 Ernie Els (South Africa) 75 Chris Kirk (U.S.) 75 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 75 Boo Weekley (U.S.) 75 Kevin Streelman (U.S.)

75 76 Brendon De Jonge (Zimbabwe)

76 Tiger Woods (U.S.) 76 Matteo Manassero (Italy) 76 Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 76 Joost Luiten (Netherlands)

76 77 Billy Horschel (U.S.)

77 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain) 77 Steve Stricker (U.S.) 77 Kevin Stadler (U.S.)

77 78 Graham DeLaet (Canada)

78 Jim Furyk (U.S.)

78 79 Jonas Blixt (Sweden)

79 80 Webb Simpson (U.S.)

80 81 Dawie Van der Walt (South Africa)

81 82 D.A. Points (U.S.)

82 83 Brett Rumford (Australia) 83

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