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Dropped shots hamper Rory McIlroy on opening day

Rory McIlroy hits from a 12th hole sand trap during the first round of the Cadillac Championship

Rory McIlroy hits from a 12th hole sand trap during the first round of the Cadillac Championship

Rory McIlroy finished on one under par as Thursday’s opening round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship fell victim to bad weather.

McIlroy managed just 14 holes before bad light ended play for the day.

The Holywood star enjoyed a promising start with four birdies and a single bogey in the first six holes.

But two more dropped shots before the turn tainted his round in Doral.

McIlroy finished the day on one under par as Jason Dufner was among the early leaders in Miami while favourites Adam Scott and Tiger Woods tried to make an impression.

Dufner picked up five birdies over 10 holes of the heavily remodelled Blue Monster course to share the lead with Harris English, Hunter Mahan, Francesco Molinari and Patrick Reed before play was suspended due to approaching storms.

Reed shot his way into a share of first place, but mixed his four birdies with a bogey.

Australia’s Scott – who has the chance to become world number one with victory in Florida, should Woods finish outside the top 10 – was battled to two under after 10 holes while last year’s winner Woods sat five strokes off the pace after bogeying the par-three fourth hole.

Scott is Australia’s best chance of enjoying success at the tournament after recent WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner Jason Day withdrew with an injured left thumb.

Portrush star Graeme McDowell endured an indifferent opening round.

Four bogeys and two birdies saw McDowell reach the turn on two over par.

But two more birdies at the 10th and 12th holes saw GMAC finish on level par before play was stopped for the day.

 

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