WGC Doral, Windy Blue Monster Devours the worlds best Golfers March 09 2012

Windy conditions at the WGC Doral made it tough going for some of the worlds best golfers. World #1 Rory McIlroy could only manage a +1 round of 73, while # 3 Lee Westwood struggled for a +4 over par 76. Tiger woods and Phil Mickelson completed their first rounds at even par 72 and Englands flamboyant Ian Poulter could only muster a +4 76. Luke Donald finished a -2 and Justin Rose went one better at -3, while at the top of the leaderboard are Australia's Adam Scott and Jason Dufner coming in at -6 under par for their rounds. Scotts performance adding fuel to the 'ban the long putter" because one of the complaints against the long putter are that it steadies the golfer in windy conditions. Adam Scott, Of Australia, LinesThe Associated Press Rory McIlroy was disappointed with his day, lamenting how tricky it was on the course; "It was a bit of a struggle. It was a pretty tricky day but obviously there was good scores out there. I just didn't really get anything going. You know, I was trying to sort of play my way back into the round. I thought if I could shoot under par on the back nine, which was the front nine, post something around 70, 69, it would have been a good score. But made a couple bogeys early on on that nine and couldn't really get it back." Adam Scott was happy with his days effort; "Yeah, obviously very satisfied with the round today, and in these blustery conditions. I took advantage of my good play the first 11 or 12 holes and then managed to kind of get it up-and-down here or there coming in. So very pleased to put myself in the tournament so far. It's a good way to start" You notice that not one reporter asked Adam about the advantages of his long putter.