Friday, March 08, 2013


Tiger Woods, the man they said would never be as good a golfer as he used to be, is giving a pretty good imitation of what he was like at the height of his powers.
He is taming Trump's Doral Blue Monster course at Miami and has surged two shots clear of the world's top-ranked 65 players with rounds of 66-65 for 15-under-par 131.
Woods is driving well, hitting the greens and holing the putts .. just like he did when he was the World No 1 for many months.
Lying second at halfway in the WGC Cadillac Championship is Ulsterman Graeme McDowell with 66-67 for 133.
There's good news too about the other man from Northern Ireland in the field, the current World No 1 Rory McIlroy.
He got it round in three-under-par 69, an improvement of four shots and is lying T32 on 142, the same total as Lee Westwood.
Phil Mickelson is looking menacing in joint third place on 134 alongside Steve Stricker. The left-hander and Stricker have shot 67 each round.

Scott Jamieson, pictured, from Glasgow, playing in his first WGC event, is hanging on in there alongside the big guns. He had a 69, one shot better than his opening round, and on 139 is bracketed with Hunter Mahan in joint 21st position.      
Luke Donald ruined his victory chances with a 76 for 146.
Stephen Gallacher failed to improve on his first round, adding a 75 to a 74 for T61 on 149.
Paul Lawrie is still bottom of the heap but the encouragement for him is that he improved by five shots with a 73 - a better score than Donald and others. 
The downside was that Paul could have broken 70. He had a double bogey 6 at the 18th for the second day in a row after bogeying the short 15th, so three shots dropped to par over the last four holes.
Before that he had recovered from a double bogey 6 at the third with birdies at four par-5 holes: the first, the eighth, the 10th and the 12th in halves of 36-37.  



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