Friday, 08 March 2013
Graeme McDowell   (Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell (Getty Images)


Graeme McDowell had Steve Stricker and an ominous looking Tiger Woods for company at the top of the WGC – Cadillac Championship leaderboard just past the midway point of his second round.

McDowell headed into day two tied with four players for the lead on six under and continued his bogey free exploits in conditions that once again suited scoring.

The 2010 US Open Championship Winner, starting on the tenth, began solidly with seven successive pars before picking up shots on 17 and four to join Stricker and Woods.

Stricker, meanwhile, also continued the solid form he showed yesterday, striking three birdies in an outward 33.

Yet the worrying sign for the rest of the field was how well Woods - a six time winner of this event, one of which came at Trump Doral - began.

Having looked initially solid with three pars, the World Number Two found the outstanding approach play that was the hallmark of yesterday’s birdie laden 66.

He gained a shot on the par three fourth following an iron to four feet, and Woods produced even better with a wedge at the next to set up a two-foot birdie putt.

One further back were Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, defending champion Justin Rose and Thaworn Wiratchant, who made a sizzling start to be four under for the day after seven.

While playing partner McDowell was producing an awesome display of consistency, another of the overnight leaders Sergio Garcia   was enduring a rocky front nine, dropping four shots - including a double bogey on 16 - and picking up just one.

However, the Spaniard responded well on the way in, birdying the first having narrowly missed his eagle attempt to remain in contention at four under.

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