WGC-Cadillac Championship: Tiger Woods struggles in weather-hit opening round
Tiger Woods' poor start to the season continued in round one of the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Florida.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 10:50am
Although he showed no signs of the back trouble that had caused him to withdraw in the final round of last week's Honda Classic, Woods produced a lacklustre display as weather affected play at the revamped Blue Monster course in Miami.
Woods was only able to play 10 holes due to a two-hour delay for weather and in that time he carded eight pars and two bogeys to finish the first day five shots off the pace.
The lead is held by five players - Americans Harris English, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan and Patrick Reed along with Italy's Francesco Molinari.
English was one of just three players to complete their rounds, the youngster draining a 46 footer for birdie at his final hole to post a three-under 69.
Dufner, who held the lead for most of the day after teeing off at the 10th, hit five-under at one point but he bogeyed the second and seventh to slip back.
He has two holes to play when the first round resumes at 8:45am local time (13:45 GMT) while, as for the fellow leaders, Mahan has four, Molinari five and Reed seven.
Rory McIlroy made a bright start with three opening birdies in his first four holes (10, 12 and 13) but was inconsistent after that.
The Northern Irishman, who lost a play-off at last week's Honda Classic after looking all set to claim his first win of 2014, also made birdies at 15 and 1 but bogeys at 14, 17, 18 and 4 meant he finished the day at one-under.
Australia's Adam Scott - who has the chance to become world no. 1 with victory should Woods finish outside the top 10 - recorded pars at his first seven holes but made a nice move with birdies at eight and nine and added a par at 10 to sit just one off the lead on two-under.
A big group at two-under also includes major winners Charl Schwartzel (after 15), Louis Oosthuizen (13) and Zach Johnson (11) as well as last week's Honda winner Russell Henley.
England's Luke Donald was up with the pace early on but a double bogey six at the third, his 12th, followed by a bogey at the par three fourth dropped him back to evens. He has two holes to play still.
Strong winds and hard greens made scoring difficult throughout and only 19 of the elite 68-man field ended the day under par.
The field was reduced from 69 after Jason Day withdrew before the tournament started due to a thumb injury.