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DORAL---Patrick Reed ended a long opening round
at the Cadillac Championship yesterday with a 4-
under 68 to take a one-shot lead as the new Blue
Monster showed some bite.
Just ask Tiger Woods.
A four-time champion at Doral, the world s No 1
player finished off a 76 for his highest score in 40
complete rounds on the course. He wasn t alone.
Steve Stricker, the runner-up to Woods last year, had
a 77. Masters champion Adam Scott took a big step
back in his bid to reach No 1 in the world with a 75.
Four players, including former US Open champion
Webb Simpson, failed to break 80.
Only six players finished the first round Thursday
because of a storm delay lasting more than two hours.
The rest of the field who had to return Friday
morning did not find typical peaceful conditions.
Donald Trump, who bought the resort and brought
in Gil Hanse for a complete makeover, described it
as "bold." In this wind, it was brutal.
Woods played with Scott and Henrik Stenson in
the traditional grouping of Nos 1-2-3 in the world.
They all made double bogey on the 14th hole---Woods
from the middle of the fairway with what appeared
to be a perfect shot into the green. It trickled into
a back bunker, and he needed two to get out.
Stenson went left into the water that typically is
not in play. Scott went into the water, and then
clanked one off a palm tree.
Stenson stopped walking off the 15th green and
said, "Are you having fun watching?" And then he
smiled as he looked back over his shoulder and said,
"Because it s sure as hell not any fun to be playing."
Stenson, who had a shank on the second hole
Thursday, birdied the 18th for a 73.
Harris English finished Thursday with a 69 (on a
45-foot birdie putt). He was joined by Francesco
Molinari, Jason Dufner, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar
and Hunter Mahan. Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald
were in the group at 70, along with Miguel Angel
Jimenez, who had the most remarkable round. He
didn t make a bogey.
Another Spaniard wasn t so fortunate.
Sergio Garcia was playing nicely until a 5-wood
plugged in a bunker on the 16th hole, and he had no
chance of getting out. His third shot flew over the
hits from the
of the Cadillac
Reed ends 1st round with the lead at Doral
green, over the corporate suite and into a water hazard next
to the second green. He made triple bogey and went from
a chance to break par to a 74.
Not only was it windy, it came out of the west. The course
had been set up Thursday for a more southerly direction,
and it showed. Dufner went over the 12th green in two with
a 3-iron. Stenson, typically 30 yards longer off the tee, couldn t
reach with a 3-wood.
Zach Johnson needed a 3-wood to reach the side of the
par-4 14th green, though he felt like Hercules on the 18th,
usually the toughest on the Blue Monster. Johnson had a
pitching wedge for his second shot.
The tough wind and the scores altered opinions about the
new design. (AP)
BARCELONA---Something is not right with Lionel
Messi, according to Barcelona coach Gerardo Mar-
tino, after the Argentina forward appeared to vomit
during an international friendly.
The 26-year-old Messi doubled over during Argenti-
na s 0-0 draw against Romania on Wednesday.
Martino thought Messi had the flu before a 3-1 loss
to Real Sociedad nearly two weeks ago. But the Argen-
tine coach has changed his thinking since.
"This is something he s had for quite some time.
I m not a specialist and so far we haven t figured out
what is causing this, but this doesn t affect his play,"
Martino said yesterday. "But something is not right."
Martino told a news conference that Messi had
seen a specialist, which proved inconclusive.
Despite this, Messi was included in the squad for
Saturday s match at Valladolid.
Midfielder Andres Iniesta will not play at the Jose
Zorrilla Stadium after being left out for personal rea-
Jordi Alba will also be missing as Martino does not
want to "overwork" the Spain fullback going into
Wednesday s Champions League home match against
Manchester City. Centre back Gerard Pique returns
from injury against Valladolid.
Defender Carles Puyol was also left out of the team
after having announced his intention to leave his boy-
hood club at the end of the season. (AP)
'something is not
right' with Messi
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