Reed leads by 1 after first round at Doral

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Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Reed wrapped up a 4-under 68 on Friday morning as he grabbed a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the WGC- Cadillac Championship.

Reed claimed his second PGA Tour title earlier this year at the Humana Challenge. He also won last year at the Wyndham Championship.

Harris English was one of six players that finished round one on Thursday after a long weather delay. English carded a 3-under 69. He shared second place with Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Hunter Mahan, Francesco Molinari and 2011 runner-up Dustin Johnson, who all finished their rounds on Friday.

Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson, the sixth and eighth ranked players in the world, were tied for eighth place at minus-2. They were joined there by Luke Donald, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Charl Schwartzel and Ryan Moore.

Ian Poulter, the 2006 runner-up, was the final player in red figures as he opened with a 1-under 71.

Tiger Woods, who won this event for a seventh time last year, ran off three straight birdies from the 15th to help salvage a round of 4-over 76.

Woods was plus-2 after 10 holes when play ended on Thursday. When he resumed his opening round on Friday, Woods bogeyed the 11th and 13th, then double- bogeyed the 14th to fall to 6-over par.

He turned things around with birdies on the next three holes. Woods found water off the 18th tee, then dumped his third in a greenside bunker. He managed to get up and down for bogey to wrap up his round of 4-over 76.

Reed was minus-3 and one of seven players tied for the lead when play was stopped by darkness on Thursday. He birdied the fourth, but gave that shot right back with a bogey on No. 5 Friday morning. Reed got up and down for birdie from a bunker on the par-5 eighth to grab the lead at minus-4.

Nick Watney, the 2011 champion, opened with an even-par 72 and of the five former winners in the field, he was closest to the lead.

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