Today has to be without a doubt the best day of the year for a round of golf. The sun shining and a gentle breeze making conditions near perfect for a quick 18 holes. But a casual Sunday afternoon round is not what the players at Doral have ahead of them. The weather caused mayhem at the start of the week with the 68 players in the field losing 113 balls between them on the Friday round. Although there were parts of the rounds this week that many of the players would want to forget and if asked how they felt about the, they would simply bury their heads in the ground. But with many unhappy faces around the course there were one or two moments of magic that put a smile on the faces of the crowd and a few of the players.
One of those moments of magic was of course the 92 foot putt that was drained by non other than Tiger Woods. You might think this is some sort of record for Woods but it doesn’t even come close to his enormous 123 foot putt that he calmly stroked home in 2001 at the Tour Champs.
There were many glum faces at Doral, but the most comical has to be Big Phil. A double-bogey at the third hole lead to further frustration for the American has he tossed his ball into the water in absolute disgust. This sparked a trio of double-bogeys on the front nine and he made very clear what he thought of his performance on the fourth hole. With slow play holding him and his group up on the fourth tee, this gave him time for a bit of a lie down to regroup.
Sunday proves to be a brilliant watch as there are still many players in contention and with what we have seen already this week, anything can happen.
Patrick Reed holds a two shot lead over his nearest competitor after carding a 69 in tamer conditions on Saturday. Reed has already won the Humana Challenge this year is in a very good position to add a second title to his name this season. a mixed round of one eagle, three birdies and two bogeys just goes to show birdies are there for the taking. His closest rival is his fellow countryman and arguably the most laid back player on tour, Jason Dufner. Dufner sits at 2 under par alongside Hunter Mahan.
The top of the leaderboard is dominated by Americans but one European is looking to cause an upset. Jamie Donaldson has shown some real quality this week after his 74 on Thursday. With Friday bringing harsh weather and causing many players to lose balls and also lose their minds, Donaldson composed himself to card a steady two under par which shot him up the leaderboard and into contention. Saturday also proved generous for the Welshman who led early on in the round after two birdies in the opening four holes, this lead was short-lived but a 71 was enough to see him into the top four.