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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.

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This Week in Golf

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

altCanadian Press

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PGA TOUR

HONDA CLASSIC

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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Reading the Tea Leaves from the West Coast Swing

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:32 Tuesday, 24 February 2015 20:18

Dustin JohnsonCanadian Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Doug Ferguson/AP) — The Florida swing is the unofficial start of the road to the Masters, now just 44 days away and counting.

Greg Norman made it feel that way a few decades ago.

The Shark would play the Tournament of Champions in January and then not show up again until Florida, usually at Doral. He was No. 1 in the world a good chunk of that time, which only added to the feeling that golf began to matter when TV showed swaying palms, sweaty brows and water hazards.

Rory McIlroy better hope the similarities end there.

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James Hahn Wins Northern Trust Open in Playoff, Canada’s DeLaet T8th

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 02:08 Sunday, 22 February 2015 19:27

James HahnCanadian Press

LOS ANGELES, California (Doug Ferguson/AP) — Surrounded by stars in the city and on the golf course, James Hahn turned in the performance of his life at the Northern Trust Open.

In trouble behind the 10th green at Riviera in a three-man playoff, he hit a flop shot over the back bunker and made a 10-foot putt to stay in the game when Dustin Johnson hit a shot that was even better. On the third extra hole, Hahn remembered the subtle break and holed a 25-foot birdie putt.

He was too nervous to watch Johnson try to match the birdie from 12 feet.

And he was too stunned to dance.

By closing with a tough par for a 2-under 69, and making two birdies in the playoff, Hahn captured his first PGA Tour title and earned his first trip to the Masters.

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Woods to Miss Honda Classic

Last Updated on Sunday, 22 February 2015 19:00 Sunday, 22 February 2015 18:54

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (AP) — Tiger Woods will not be playing the Honda Classic next week.

The decision was not a surprise. Woods said last week his game was not acceptable for tournament golf and that he would not play again until he felt like it was. His agent confirmed in an email that he would not be playing the Honda Classic.

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