Holmes’ 62 Leads Doral
J.B. Holmes shot a dazzling 62, tying a course record, to open up a 4-stroke lead at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Doral, Florida, on Thursday.
Despite having not played Doral since 2010, Holmes said he felt the course is too easy for such a lofty event. The rest of the field didn’t agree, with an average score of 73.4 on the day, while Holmes tied a record shared by Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, and Retief Goosen.
Starting his day on the back nine, Holmes went birdie, birdie, eagle, to race up the leader board, then added two more on 16 and 17. Four more birdies, including two on his last two holes, saw him set the sizzling pace, four strokes ahead of Ryan Moore.
Moore would have been much closer – he was 8-under through 12, but he struggled to a double bogey 6 on No. 18.
Three more players are six strokes back at 4-under, including American risers Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. Only 21 players total are at least one stroke under par, while world No. 1 Rory McIlroy struggled to a 1-over 73, as did Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.
McIlroy was the picture of inconsistency, with three birdies, four bogeys, a double bogey and an eagle.