How it happened: Tiger shoots third consecutive 70
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson battled for the top spot on the leaderboard all day long at PGA National, but they will share the lead heading into the final-round of the Honda Classic at 8 under par.
Guthrie, who held the 36 hole lead, shot a 1-over 71, while Thompson finished the day at even-par 70.
Tiger Woods fired his third consecutive 70. He had three birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on his card. He was 2 under on his round until he teed it up at the par-3 17th. He lost his tee shot, had to take a lost ball penalty, and made his double bogey.
See how Moving Day in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., panned out:
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Update #26: 5:59 p.m. EST
The leaders are the only two left on the course. Luke Guthrie found the left rough off the tee. Michael Thompson is in the fairway. Thompson plays a cut into the green for an eagle opportunity on the last. Guthrie, who did not have a good lie, just laid up in the fairway. Guthrie has a 100 yard shot into the green that lands behind the pin. Thompson's 20 foot eagle putt stops just short of the hole and he taps in for birdie to move to 8 under par. Guthrie has a 13 footer for birdie and it doesn't drop. He makes his 3 footer for par and will share the 54-hole lead with Thompson heading into Sunday.
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Update #25: 5:44 p.m. EST
Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson two putt the par-3 17th. Guthrie remains one ahead of Thompson heading to the 18th hole.
Graham DeLaet can not make his par putt and will settle for bogey. DeLaet will finish the day at 3-over 73 on the day and 4 under for the tournament, four strokes back of Guthrie heading into Sunday.
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Update #24: 5:34 p.m. EST
A really bad third lie for Michael Thompson in a greenside bunker at No. 16. Thompson barley gets out of the bunker and is in the rough. Luke Guthrie is on the green in two and has a 30 footer for birdie, and it just misses. He taps in for par and remains at 8 under. Thompson only 18 feet from the hole, but can not chip in to save par. He settles for bogey and drops to 7 under.
Westwood has played the back nine in 2 under par even with a shaky 18th hole. He put his second shot in the water and had to take a drop, and got up and down to save par. He and Geoff Ogilvy, who birdied the 18th, will finish the day at 6 under par.
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Update #23: 5:18 p.m. EST
Lee Westwood makes a 20 foot birdie putt to get to 6 under par and two shots back of the leaders heading to No. 18. He is in solo third.
Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson each missed their birdie putts at 15. They both tap in for par.
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Update #22: 5:08 p.m. EST
Graham DeLaet bogeys No. 14 after finding himself in a greenside bunker. He can't convert on his birdie chance at the opening hole of the Bear Trap and settles for par.
Luke Guthrie gets up and down at No. 14. Michael Thompson two putts from 40 feet to keep up with Guthrie and stay at 8 under. They lead the field by three strokes as they enter the Bear Trap. Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy and DeLaet are tied for third at 5 under.
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Update #21: 4:56 p.m. EST
Michael Thompson two putts for par and Luke Guthrie saves par after he put his second shot in the rough behind the green at No. 13. They stay at 8 under, two shots ahead of the field.
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Update #20: 4:41 p.m. EST
From 150 yards, leader Luke Guthrie fires at the 12th hole pin and puts it to 6 feet. Unfortunately, Guthrie can not convert on the putt and remains at 8 under. Michael Thompson hits the green with his second shot and makes his birdie putt from 20 feet. He jumps back into a tie for the lead with Guthrie.
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Update #19: 4:31 p.m. EST
Look out. . . Rickie Fowler end his day with a 15 foot eagle putt at the 18th to finish at 5 under. That's only three shot shots back of leader Luke Guthrie. Fowler is the leader in the clubhouse after his 1-under 69 in the third round.
Michael Thompson drops a shot at No. 11 after making a bogey, one back of the Guthrie
Keegan Bradley will finish the day at 4-under-par, even on the day. He just missed an eagle opportunity on No. 18, but will settle for birdie. He is four shots back.
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Update #18: 4:21 p.m. EST
Sean O'Hair, who was at 6 under to start the day, has dropped all the way to 1 under for the tournament. O'Hair started the day with a double bogey, four bogeys and a 12 foot birdie through 13 holes. He is 5 over on the day.
Graeme McDowell has gone the wrong was on the leaderboard. He is 5 over in his round. On the par-3 15th, he try for his third birdie of the day, but could not convert.
Another player going the wrong way is Billy Horschel, who started the day with a birdie on No. 3, but since then has gone 12 over through Nos. 4-17. In that stretch, Horschel has six bogeys and three double bogeys. He is 11 over on the day.
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Update #17: 4:05 p.m. EST
Rickie Fowler sticks it to 3 feet on No. 17, the difficult par-3. Fowler converts on his birdie putt. He is 3 under par after being 1 over for the day.
Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson are playing the very long, 508 yard par-4 10th. Thompson, from the fairway, comes up short of the green, but gives himself a good leave to the pin. Thompson tries with a full swing, flop to get it close to the hole, but puts it over the flag and just off the green. Guthrie has a chip shot from the rough for his third and will have a 4 footer for par. Thompson chips is back down to the hole and tapped it in for bogey. Guthrie can not save par and will settle for bogey. Each play drops a shot and are still tied at 8 under.
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Update #16: 3:49 p.m. EST
It's a three-shot lead for Michael Thompson and Luke Guthrie, who are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 9 under. Each player two-putts for par at No. 9. Thompson is 1 under on the outward nine, and Guthrie is even par. Geoff Ogilvy and Grahman DeLaet are at 6 under.
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Update #15: 3:37 p.m. EST
A birdie for Luke Guthrie ties him for the lead with playing partner Michael Thompson. Guthrie drops a 20 foot birdie put on No. 8, while Thompson settles for par. They have a two shot lead over Graham DeLaet.
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Update #14: 3:29 p.m. EST
Michael Thompson still has a one shot lead over Luke Guthrie. Each player parred the par-3 seventh. Grahman DeLaet is two back of Thompson at 7 under. Nicholas Thompson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Geoff Ogilvy and Boo Weekley are all tied for fourth at 5 under.
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Update #13: 3:07 p.m. EST
Y.E. Yang finished with a bogey-free 3-under 67 and Peter Hanson finished with a 2-under 68. Each player is at 4 under for the tournament and are T-10.
Michael Thompson just blasted it out of the sand and into the hole for a birdie at the sixth hole. It's a two shot swing in the last group of the day as Guthrie makes bogey as he can't save par. Thompson leads by one.
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Update #12: 2:54 p.m. EST
Guthrie sticks it to 5 feet at the windy par-3 fifth hole. But he can't convert as it stayed left of the hole and rolls 3 feet past the hole, but luckily makes his par putt. Thompson hits it high and it lands in the rough, short of the green. He chips it up to 3 feet and makes his par putt, too. Guthrie leads by one over Thompson and DeLaet.
Nicholas Thompson has got his score back in the red numbers on the ninth after an interesting Nos. 1-8. He is T-4 at 6 under par.
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Update #11: 2:38 p.m. EST
Guthrie slides his birdie chance at No. 4 by the hole and taps in for par. Thompson was in the greenside bunker in three, but it was a fried egg lie. He splashes it out and went over the green. He chips it back to 6 feet and makes it for bogey. He drops a stroke and a spot on the leaderboard. Guthrie leads by one.
Westwood has to take a drop on the par-3 fifth after his ball landed in the hazard and makes bogey. He drops back to 6 under.
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Update #10: 2:26 p.m. EST
Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson have made birdies at the third hole. Guthrie had about 3 feet for his birdie putt, but Thompson had about a 20 footer and made his as well. Guthrie gets back to even on the day and Thompson is 1 under. Both players are at 9 under.
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Update #9: 2:14 p.m. EST
Canadian Grahan DeLaet has joined the leaders at 8 under par. He birdied No. 3 and is 1 under on the day. One shot back of the leaders at 7 under is Lee Westwood. Westwood has birdied the par-5 third. At 6 under are Justin Rose and Book Weekley. There are six players tied for 5 under.
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Update #8: 2:07 p.m. EST
A huge hook for Guthrie off the tee on No. 2. He'll have tree issues in the left rough. Thompson also finds the left rough, just not in as bad of shape as Guthrie. A low draw from Thompson comes up short of the green. He has another 30 yard shot for his third. Guthrie isn't in as much trouble as thought, but his second comes up short of the green, as well and will have a better look at the hole. Thompson in tight of the hole. Guthrie will have a tester coming back for par. Guthrie misses his par putt and drops a stroke, and Thompson makes his. Both players are at 8 under and tied for the lead.
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Update #7: 1:53 p.m. EST
A nice shot to the center of the green for Guthrie as the wind is howling out at PGA National. Thompson, out of the rough, hit it fat and lands short of the green. From 35 yards out, Thompson has to carry it over a hill in the green. He sticks it to 5 feet above the hole and will have that for par. Guthrie eases it down to the hole and just misses for birdie and will settle for par. Thompson saves par as well.
Freddie Jacobson almost holes it at the par-3 17th, but will have 6 feet for birdie.
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Update #6: 1:45 p.m. EST
The leaders have just teed off. Luke Guthrie, a graduate of Illinois, took a hybrid off the tee and placed it in the middle of the fairway. One shot back, Michael Thompson, found the left rough off the tee and it looks like he may have some tree trouble, too.
Graeme McDowell birdied the par-5 third to get to 6 under and three shots back.
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Update #5: 1:26 p.m. EST
Billy Horschel and Nicholas Thompson, brother LPGA star Lexi Thompson, are 1 under early in their rounds. They both get to 6 under for the tournament, and three back of leader Luke Guthrie, who tees off at 1:40 p.m. EST. Ross Fisher has had a strange first seven holes. He has two birdies, two pars, two bogeys and one double for a 2 over score on the day and 1 under total.
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Update #4: 1:04 p.m. EST
Charl Schwartzel goes out in 3-under 32, but bogeys No. 10 after the turn. He'll drop to 4 under for the tournament. Mark Wilson birdied Nos. 3 and 4 through eight holes to get to 4 under overall. Kyle Stanley just misses a birdie chance at No. 16. He remains at 2 under for the day and 3 under for the tournament.
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Update #3: 12:42 p.m. EST
Y.E. Yang has three birdies through 11 holes and is 4 under for the tournament. Yang has birdied the par-5 third hole each round this week at PGA National. He is currently T-20 and five shots behind leader Luke Guthrie, who tees off in about an hour. Jason Bohn, who is through 17 holes, has the high round of the day going at 9 over and is 8 over for the tournament.
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Update #2: 12:30 p.m. EST
With the wind starting to pick up at PGA National, scores may be higher than we think this afternoon. Patrick Reed birdied the last hole to finish at 5-over 75 on the day and 5 over for the tournament. Jeff Klauk started the day with a birdie and that puts him in a tie for 11th with eight other players.
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Update #1: 12:10 p.m. EST
David Lynn finishes two strokes ahead of Tiger today. He started at even par with Woods, but with a clean back nine, Lynn finished at 2 under on the day and for the tournament. Charl Schwartzel is really making moves today. He's 3 under through six holes with birdies on 1, 3, and 5. Schwartzel is 5 under for the tournament and is now T-11. Patrick Reed really went the wrong way. After a 3 under start through six holes, he is 9 over on Nos. 7-17. That includes double bogeys on 10 and 11, and three straight bogeys on Nos. 14-16. He has one hole to play.
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PHOTOS: Tiger Woods at Honda Classic (Rd. 3)
Take a look at photos of Tiger Woods from the third round of the Honda Classic.
Hole No. 18, Par 5, 604 yards
All of Tiger's work on the front nine just came crashing down on 17 as he made double bogey. He has a bogey and a double on the back nine with takes him back where he started the day, even par on the day and tournament.
• Hole wrap-up: A long, rip of a drive down the center of the fairway on the last. The wheels are starting to come off as hIs approach shot doesn't land on the green, but in the grandstands next to the green. He took a drop to the left of the green. Tiger's third shot lands on the green and almost in the hole, but rolls into the bunker behind the green. He splashes it out and puts it next to the hole and taps in for par. He finishes at even-par 70 for the third consecutive day. As of now, he's T-56.
Thru 18: Even (Even for tournament)
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Hole No. 17, Par 3, 190 yards
Tiger Woods misses a good look at birdie on 16 as he has yet to make a birdie on the back nine in this third round. He has two holes remaining.
• Hole wrap-up: As the wind starts to pick up, Tiger's ball comes up short of the green in the rough. Tiger is looking for his ball in the rough, but he can't find it. He takes up his allotted five minutes to search and decides it's a lost ball/embedded. He returns to tee and puts it on the green. Tiger has a lengthy putt for bogey and it doesn't drop. He taps in for double bogey and returns to even par.
Thru 17: Even (Even for tournament)
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Hole No. 16, Par 4, 434 yards
• Hole wrap-up: Another fairway hit for Tiger Woods with his 3-wood. His approach shot lands and is a makable birdie putt. But he can't convert as his putt stays right of the hole. He two putts for par.
Thru 16: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 15, Par 3, 188 yards
He couldn't convert on the last two holes for birdie, and settled for fourth consecutive par.
• Hole wrap-up: On the par 3, Tiger sails his ball onto the green, but has a long birdie attempt. Playing partner, Lynn, gives Tiger the read of his putt, but can not make it. He'll settle for another par.
Thru 15: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 14, Par 4, 465 yards
Finally, Tiger parred the 13th. Another one-putt for Tiger as his chip just missed. Can he get a birdie before heading to the Bear Trap?
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger puts his first tee shot in play right down the middle of the fairway. His second shot just catches the green, short, but has a good look at birdie. His birdie chance stop just short and he taps in for par. We're headed to the Bear Trap!
Thru 14: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 13, Par 4, 388 yards
After his second consecutive par on the back nine, Tiger comes to his nemesis hole. He has gone 3 over on this hole in the first- and second-round. He made double bogey here yesterday.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes an iron off the tee, but can not find the fairway and lands it in the right rough. His approach shot lands in the rough next to the pin. He chips on and taps in for par.
Thru 13: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 12, Par 4, 417 yards
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger's tee shot finds the middle of the fairway. He'll have a short iron into the green. His second lands pin high, and his birdie chance just misses. He'll have to settle for his second consecutive par on the back nine.
Thru 12: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 11, Par 4, 479 yards
The momentum now has stopped after making his first bogey of the day on 10. No clean scorecard for Tiger today.
• Hole wrap-up: With a 3-wood off the tee, Tiger lands in the intermediate rough. He takes his iron and puts his shot in the middle of the green as the pin is located on the far right. A two-putt par for Tiger allow him to stay at 2 under.
Thru 11: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: After a good start for Reed (3 under through 6), in the last three holes Reed went double bogey-bogey-par. He is back to even par on the day and tournament.
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Hole No. 10, Par 4, 525 yards
An outward, 3-under 32 for Tiger. He had three birdies on the front. His short game on display today as he had three sand saves.
• Hole wrap-up: A strong tee shot from Tiger as he makes the turn. He finds the right middle of the fairway. His iron though, finds more sand, short of the green. The bunker shot lands short of the pin and has a long par save. This time Tiger can't convert and makes his first bogey of the day.
Thru 10: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 9, Par 4, 421 yards
Just when you think Tiger is going to two-putt for par, he goes and sinks a long birdie opportunity.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes a 3-wood off this tee. He's right in the middle of the fairway. He takes a short iron into the green and it finds the left greenside bunker. He won't have much room to work with as the pin is on the left side of the green. Tiger gets it out to 5 feet and what do you know; he saves par, from the sand, again.
Thru 9: 3 under (3 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: PGA Tour rookie Patrick Reed is 3 under on the day. He has started the day birdie-par-eagle (dropping in a bomb)-bogey-par-birdie. He's T-24 right now.
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Hole No. 8, Par 4, 455 yards
How many times is Tiger going to have to save par today? It seems like he's in the zone, though. If he wants to put up a low number, those par putts need to keep dropping for him.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the fairway, dead center of the fairway. His approach shot is long, though. A long putt for birdie, but he walks it in and it finds the bottom of the cup. He moves to 3 under on the day and for the tournament.
Thru 8: 3 under (3 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Tiger's playing partner, Lynn, sticking right with him this morning. Even though Lynn made a birdie at the par-4 fourth, he has made three birdies and is 2 under for his round and the tournament.
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Hole No. 7, Par 3, 226 yards
Wow. . . No harm done on that hole after an errant tee shot from Tiger for the third straight day. That should give him more momentum heading to another par 3.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger pulls his tee shot and finds the greenside bunker. Unfortunately, he has an awkward stance for his second shot and only a little room to work with on green. But it's Tiger Woods. . . He hits it out perfectly and saves par once again.
Thru 7: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 6, Par 4, 488 yards
Tough break on the last as his birdie putt just missed. But moving onto No. 6, on each of the last two days, Tiger has found the water with his tee shot. Let's see what he does.
• Hole wrap-up: Instead of finding the water on the left today, Tiger finds the gallery on the right. After finding the right rough, Tiger has trees to deal with and he has to shape it to get out of trouble. His second shot, lands short of the green. Tiger then pitches it to 8 feet to save par. He does and stays at 2 under on the day.
Thru 6: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 5, Par 3, 217 yards
The first par-3 of the day for Tiger. With a good par save at the last, Tiger moved up to T-32.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger keeps the momentum going. He has a nice approach short on the par 3 to 15 feet. Tiger's birdie putt won't drop though. He misses on the low side and taps in for par.
Thru 5: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 4, Par 4, 376 yards
Tiger rolls in another birdie and he's off to a hot start. He's at the short par 4 now.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes an iron off the tee on the short hole and finds the center of the fairway. His approach shot comes up short and finds the front bunker. Tiger splashes it out and is about 8 feet away. Luckily the putt drops to save par.
Thru 4: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 3, Par 5, 538 yards
A good start for Tiger, but if he really wants to get his round going, this is the hole to do so. An eagle or birdie could really set the tone for the rest of the day.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes his second driver of the day and places it into position for a good look at the green. His drive was long enough to take an iron into the green. Tiger two putts for a birdie on the only par 5 on the front nine.
Thru 3: 2 under (2 under for tournament)
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Hole No. 2, Par 4, 464 yards
Tiger's off to a good start on both his iron play and putting. Let's see if it can continue.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes driver off the tee for the first time today, and he over cuts it and lands in the fairway bunker. His approach shot is left, but finds the green. His birdie try races past the hole. Tiger drops in his par putt.
Thru 2: 1 under (1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Today, Tiger is playing with Englishman David Lynn. He also birdied the first hole.
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Hole No. 1, Par 4, 365 yards
Tiger is back at it this morning at PGA National. He's nine back of the leader, Luke Guthrie, on Moving Day. Can he catch him?
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes an iron off the tee and finds the 1st cut of rough. He takes his second over the bunker by the green and sticks it to 5 ft. He sinks his birdie putt.
Thru 1: 1 under (1 under for tournament)
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PHOTOS: Rory McIlroy at Honda Classic (2nd round)
Check out images of Rory McIlroy during and after he withdrew from the Honda Classic on Friday.
• TEE TIMES: Here are the third-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Pairings.
• TRACKER: It was a bizarre day at PGA National. The World No. 1 literally walked off the course. The World No. 2 had to fight just to stick around for the weekend. See how it all happened.
• 5 THINGS: Take a look at 5 Things from the second round of the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Story.
• BY A WHISKER: Tiger Woods won’t be joining Rory McIlroy for another Sunday game at Medalist. Woods’ weekend tee times will be at PGA National. He made the cut at the Honda Classic. Barely. Story.
• RIGHT AT HOME: Lee Westwood is enjoying some home cooking this week. The newly-minted South Floridian carded a 2-under 68 to reach the halfway point at 6-under 134 at the Honda Classic. Story.
• SHORTER, BUT DEADLY: The top two players on the leaderboard - Luke Guthrie at 9 under and Michael Thompson at 8 under - play similar games. Both are medium-length hitters who keep the ball in play and rely on strong putting. Story.
• WALK OFF: The No. 1 golfer on the planet sure doesn’t appear anything near it these days. On a chilly, overcast Friday morning at PGA National, the bubbling pot that has been Rory McIlroy’s rugged 2013 season finally spilled over in frustration. Column.
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• TEE TIMES: Here are the second-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Pairings.
• TRACKER: Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy didn't exactly light up PGA National on Thursday in the opening round of the Honda Classic. Both players fired even-par 70s and have work to do on Friday. See how it all unfolded.
• 5 THINGS: Camilo Villegas may not have full status on the PGA Tour, but he holds the first-round lead at the Honda Classic. Villegas shot 64 Thursday at PGA National’s Champion Course. 5 Things to know after Thursday's first round.
• BOUNCING BACK: On Thursday, rookie Robert Streb birdied No. 9 at PGA National near dusk to close out a solid first round -- and exorcise the demons of a wayward No. 9 at sunset while missing the cut at Riviera. Story.
• GRINDING IT OUT: Despite a closing bogey that led to an even-par 70, Rory McIlroy says that his game is "getting there." On a wet and soggy day at PGA National, even par was about what McIlroy deserved to shoot. Story.
• CLIMBING THE LADDER: Branden Grace, who fired a 5-under 65 on Thursday at the Honda Classic to take a share of the early lead, has moved up 241 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings in the past 15 months. Story.
• NICE START: Boo Weekley's putting kept pace with his trademark shotmaking to push him near the top of the leaderboard Thursday at the Honda Classic. Story.
• SOLID START: Tiger Woods, who closed last year’s Honda Classic with a 62 that left him two shots behind Rory McIlroy, opened this year’s Honda with an even-par 70 that included 14 pars. Woods missed just four greens and five fairways. Story.
PHOTOS: Honda Classic (Wednesday)
Images from the practice round at the Honda Classic, to be played at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
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• TEE TIMES: Here are the first-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Pairings.
• FINDING HIS WAY: Vaughn Taylor, who has made less than $1 million in the past two seasons combined, hasn't cracked the top 10 since a T-5 at The Barclays in August 2010. He says his game is "coming around." Story.
• 5 THINGS: One of the top open events on the PGA Tour schedule is this week with the Honda Classic. Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy highlight a strong field at the first event of the Florida Swing. 5 Things to know before the start of the tournament. Story.
• 'EVERYTHING'S THERE:' It’s like chalk and cheese. That’s how Rory McIlroy, the world's top-ranked golfer, explained the recent problem with his game. Through two events this year, McIlroy has shown nothing close to his 2012 form. Story.
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