Blue Monster's Ball

At the Cadillac Championship underway on Doral's Blue Monster, Phil and Tiger are struggling while younger players are making moves.

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DORAL, FL - MARCH 12: Hunter Mahan walks with his caddie John Wood walks off the 15th tee during the third round of the 2011 WGC- Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa on March 12, 2011 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Hunter Mahan, with his caddie John Wood, follows the yellow-bloomed sidewalk off the 15th tee during the third round of the 2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral Golf Resort. The tournament's final round is Sunday, and Mahan enters three behind the leader and tied for fifth place.
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He likes big clubs and he cannot lie, but neither can Phil Mickelson come back to win this tournament. Even, the superstar known as Lefty has struggled and is currently in 42nd place.
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His partner, Tiger Woods, has fared only marginally better. Woods managed this bunker shot on the fourth, but sits 11 back and tied for 30th.
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Who is in charge of this madness? That'd be Dustin Johnson, a 26-year-old whose opening drive Thursday hit his own grandfather in the temple (Gramps is okay). Johnson's 65 in Saturday's third round, the lowest of the day, helped him to a two-stroke lead at 13 under over Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar and Nick Watney.
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Kuchar and Donald, by the way, are 32 and 33, meaning a very young winner is likely to take the Gene Sarazen Cup on Sunday afternoon. The leader through three rounds has gone on to win the Cadillac Championship nine of its 11 years, and all four times it has been played at Doral.
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In a role reversal, it's as if someone has asked the "old" people to get off their lawn.
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After all, Justin Beiber needs play through! Oh, wait -- that's just Rickie Fowler, who sits at -4 after 54 holes. Hips don't lie, but neither does hair: Fowler is, in fact, from Southern California.
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This is defending champion Ernie Els' practice face, but it is also the face he gets when happy and when trailing by 9.
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An iguana watches the action on the 10th hole during the third round Saturday.
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19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa speaks with the media Saturday. Ishikawa woke on Friday to learn of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in his home country. "If you can imagine, it's beyond being a distraction for me," he said. "I'm worried for the whole country of Japan. The fact that I was finally able to communicate with my parents did help me feel so much better. I just tried to focus, but it is a battle out there for me."
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Though Ishikawa completed the first round one shot behind, but now stands 8 back. Two other Japanese golfers -- Yuta Ikeda, 25, and Hiroyuki Fujita, 41 -- and a number of media are stuck in South Florida. "I haven't talked to anybody, can't reach my editors," said one Japanese writer. "It is ironic that Ryo is doing well here and all of this is happening in Japan. We really don't know what to do."
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Fans follow Ishikawa, who last year recorded the lowest score ever recorded on any major professional tour, a 58 at The Crowns.
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Tiger Woods' clubs chill during competition. So fancy!
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Hunter Mahan, who sits just three back tied for fifth, listens as his caddie describes the monster who shredded Mahan's shirt. Or so we like to imagine -- they're probably discussing a shot and trying to be fashionable.
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Germany's Martin Kaymer hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the third round's lovely sunset. But the weather wasn't cooperating the previous day...
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... when high winds swept the golf course during the first round and left the main leaderboard in pieces and toppling a television tower.
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Play was suspended due to dangerous weather, and later, a dive crew fished a television camera out of a pond.
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The worst part? Leaves in sand! The $8,500,000 Cadillac Championship concludes today at Doral; tickets are $40.
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