Getting dirty at Doral
Henrik Stenson disrobes to play a first-round shot from the mud.
Adam Scott played the final 10 holes without a driver.
Scott was playing with a new Titleist 909 driver Thursday, and after using it at the par-5 eighth hole, he called for a rules official after hearing a rattle.
If the official declared the club unplayable, Scott could have replaced it without penalty.
But the ruling was that the club could still be played, so Scott simply took it out of play himself and went the rest of the way with 13 clubs in his bag. He could have hit driver on seven of his remaining 10 holes.
Titleist spokesman Joe Gomes said the rattle was likely caused by a piece of loose epoxy that became separated from the head following the manufacturing process.
A Titleist technician who had just arrived in Tampa in advance of next week’s Transitions Championship built Scott two new replacement drivers Thursday, and was driving them to Miami so Scott could have them before Friday’s second round.
Scott shot 71, finishing six shots off the lead.
Rory McIlroy has won at Doral before, albeit not on the Blue Monster course.
And he was 9.
McIlroy won the Doral Junior Publix tournament in 1998, shooting even par over 36 holes and winning by five shots. The 19-year-old from Ireland shot 68 on Thursday, settling in three shots off the pace after one round of the CA Championship.
“It was great to come back here,” McIlroy said. “I have great memories of the place.”
McIlroy said he played the Blue Monster as a 12-year-old, needing driver and two whacks with a 3-wood to reach the 12th green. He got there with driver and just one 3-wood Thursday.
Here and there
Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy never got rolling, shooting 73 to finish eight shots off the lead. Ogilvy led after each round at Doral last year. ... Luke Donald (69) said his surgically repaired wrist, which kept him out of last week’s Honda Classic, is fine. Donald said the problem last week was related to scar tissue and didn’t represent any major trouble. ... Miami Heat guard Chris Quinn, an avid golfer, was in the huge gallery following Tiger Woods around Thursday. “That’s my guy,” said Quinn, who had the day off since the Heat weren’t practicing.
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