McIlroy was coming off a couple of big weeks — reaching the Match Play Championship final with a chance to go to No. 1, then winning the Honda Classic to get to the top of the ranking, all while Woods fired a 62 at him in the final round.
McIlroy said he was mentally flat.
"It's tough," he said. "When you're working, you've got Arizona and you've got a chance to go to world No. 1, and then Honda, you've got a chance ... then all of a sudden you're there, and you're like, 'What do you do?' I just need to go out and set myself a target tomorrow and try and post a number."
Woods made consecutive eagles, though they were four days apart on different courses. He finished the Honda Classic with an eagle, and started that way at Doral. The rest of the day wasn't that easy.
"It was just a difficult day," Woods said. "The wind was blowing putts around, and it made for a very challenging round."
Woods was hardly out of the mix. The wind is expected to blow most of the week, from a similar direction, meaning most of the par 5s can be reached in two, and some of the par 4s and be brutal.
"When you wake up on a day like this when it's this windy, you know that you have to play solid golf and keep the big mistakes off the scorecard," Bjorn said. "That's the crucial part, and I did that today."
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