Friday, March 04, 2005

A Barn Burner at Doral

Is Marco Dawson a god or what? Forty one year old Dawson, playing under a major medical exemption, whose best finish was second in the 1995 Greater Milwaukee Open, fired an 8 under par 64 yesterday playing in a field laden with heavyweights. His round was as clean as his newly shaven scalp (he claims it shortens his prep time!) with eight birdies and no bogies.

Joining native German Dawson at the top were Brit Brian Davis, Spain's Jose Maria Olazabal, and our own Philly Mick.

TiVo rocks for golf - if you don't have it, get it! Watching TV any other way is a waste of time.

The Depends crowd, including 55 year old Tome Kite (-2) and Berhard Langer (-3) made a fine showing in the opening round. Langer could have gone deeper into the red had his flat stick not failed him on several occasions. No excuses for that at Doral - the place is in the best shape of its life. Kite continues to amaze - you MUST root for Texans in golf. Hogan, Nelson, Trevino, Kite, Crenshaw...The stern breezes breed great ball strikers.

Other highlights included a combined six strokes that the threesome of Woods, Hamilton, and Faxon carded on the tough par three 13th. Faxon nearly aced it, while Woods and Hamilton drained four-footers for a triple birdie showing.

It's also nice to see Spaniard Jose Maria Olazabal back in form. Last year was his worst on tour at 142nd on the money list. No matter how badly he does though, he'll always tee it up in Augusta - and that rocks!

Doral is shaping up to be a great event. I am pulling for Marco, but will the heat of the company he'll keep wilt him?


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