For all those golf fans in Doral, Fla., or others ready to gather in front of the television to watch the Cadillac Championship, there will be no Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson twosome on Saturday.
Graeme McDowell ruined any chances of that until at least Sunday.
“I saw Phil sneaking up the leaderboard there behind me and I [said], 'Let’s spoil that party,'" McDowell said of a conversation he had with his caddie Friday. "I’m sure they would have liked Tiger and Phil in the last group tomorrow."
Woods followed his opening-round 66 with a seven-under-par 65 on Friday to finish 36 holes at 13-under 131, two strokes ahead of McDowell. Mickelson and Steve Stricker, who worked with Woods on his putting stroke this week, are tied for third at 10 under.
“It’s good to see him putting well,” said Stricker, who suggested during practice Wednesday that Woods change his posture while putting to help keep his hands ahead of the ball on impact. “It’s good for us, it’s good for the game and it’s always good when he plays well. Unfortunately we are chasing him, so it’s going to be difficult.”