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Herman Leads, While McIlroy Stumbles at Honda Classic

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 08:30 Friday, 27 February 2015 08:22

Jim HermanCanadian Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy’s first shot was a 2-iron out of play.

A relentless wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone Thursday at the Honda Classic except for Jim Herman, who somehow made it around PGA National without a bogey for a 5-under 65 and a one-shot lead.

McIlroy managed to salvage a tough day with by holing a 30-foot birdie putt and two-putting for birdie on the 18th hole for a 3-over 73. It was his highest opening-round score to par since a 3-over 74 at The Barclays seven months ago. And he didn’t seem too bothered.



Weir Withdraws Mid-Round at Honda Classic with Elbow Injury

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 08:22 Friday, 27 February 2015 08:10

altPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Golf Canada) — Mike Weir withdrew during the opening-round of the Honda Classic Thursday, citing a right elbow injury.

Weir was 6 over thru 10 holes at PGA National before calling it quits. This is his second time the Brights Grove, Ont. native has withdrawn in as many weeks. He also withdrew from the Northern Trust Open after 25 holes because of the same elbow injury.

“I just can’t swing,” Weir said as he walked off the course. “I’m going to get it mobile whatever it takes.”



Jonas Blixt Makes a Young Cancer Survivor’s Dream Come True

Last Updated on Friday, 27 February 2015 06:49 Friday, 27 February 2015 06:39

altPALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Amanda Herrington/PGA TOUR Staff) – Batman. Spiderman. Superman. Jonas Blixt.

To six-year-old Christian Backhouse, they are all superheroes.

It was just three years ago Christian was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an illness that kept him in the hospital for most of his young life. Now in remission and with less than a five percent chance of relapse, Backhouse has begun life as a normal kid – if normal means spending the day side by side TOUR professionals at one of the biggest golf events in the world.

Christian arrived at PGA National, home of The Honda Classic, wearing his favorite Batman hat. He left in head-to-toe COBRA-PUMA GOLF, with some tips from two-time PGA TOUR winner Jonas Blixt and memories to last a lifetime.



Mahan Teams with Sponsor to Raise Funds for NADA Charitable Foundation

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 February 2015 19:24 Wednesday, 25 February 2015 18:59

Hunter MahanWEST MIDDLESEX, Pennsylvania — PGA TOUR winner Hunter Mahan appeared at the 2015 NADA Convention and Expo on Saturday, January 24, with sponsor Autosoft, Inc., to putt a one-of-a-kind painting, which was auctioned off to raise funds for the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation.

Mahan was joined in the Autosoft booth by NADA Foundation Chairman Bob Mallon and Trustee Bruce Kelleher for the special event. The three created a one-of-a-kind painting by putting golf balls dipped in rainbow-colored paints across a 30” x 30” canvas. This original art was offered in a silent auction and raised $800 to support NADCF’s programs.



This Week in Golf

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 22:44 Tuesday, 24 February 2015 22:21

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Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Schedule: Thursday-Sunday.

Course: PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion (7,140 yards, par 70).

Purse: $6.1 million. Winner's share: $1,098,000.



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