In a field of superstars, a man who never had won on the PGA Tour conquered PGA National on Sunday.
Michael Thompson, the runner-up at the 2012 U.S. Open, fired a 1-under 69 on Sunday to clear Geoff Ogilvy by two shots and win the Honda Classic.
With the likes of Lee Westwood, Keegan Bradley, Y.E. Yang and Rickie Fowler making runs at different points, the Alabama product proved to be too steady for the field.
Earlier in the day, Tiger Woods started well but folded in the middle en route to a 4-over 74, which included an eagle at the closing 18th hole.
Here’s how it all happened on Sunday:
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Update #18: 6 p.m. EST
This tournament is a bit closer than it looked like it would be about 30 minutes ago, as the par-5 finisher will make this interesting.
• FINAL GROUP: Big tee ball from Thompson here, and he finds the left side of the fairway. Thompson finds a greenside bunker on the left and will need to get down in three shots to secure the win. And it looks like he will only need two shots after an incredible bunker shot to about 3 feet. He makes the putt to become the fifth player of the day to break par.
• THE CHASERS: Geoff Ogilvy splits the fairway at the 18th and uses a fairway metal to hold the green, but will have about 70 feet for eagle. The long putt nearly falls, sliding past on the right, and he taps in for a birdie to get to 7 under. Ogilvy fires a 1-under 69, only the fourth under-par round of the day.
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Update #17: 5:42 p.m. EST
After a long delay ahead of the Westwood/Ogilvy group, Thompson gets to watch Ogilvy putt on the 17th green, adding to the pressure of holding a lead late on Sunday.
• FINAL GROUP: Thompson is safely on the green on 17, sending it to the back and about 35 feet from the hole. Thompson’s birdie putt stays left and leaves him 3 feet to save par, which he barely does, as the ball hits the left edge and wraps around the hole. Guthrie three-putts for a bogey to fall to 4 under.
• THE CHASERS: After a tee ball that almost runs into the hole at the par-3 17th, Geoff Ogilvy misses a 20-footer for birdie and settles for par, staying at 6 under.
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Update #16: 5:27 p.m. EST
At this point, someone is going to have to go get Michael Thompson, as he isn’t making the mental mistakes that would send him back to the field.
• FINAL GROUP: Thompson is looking solid, holding the first cut of rough on the left at No. 16, less than a foot from going into the long rough. His second shot hits the middle of the green, about 25 feet right of the cup. Guthrie hits his second from a fairway bunker and takes an aggressive line, landing it past the hole and it settles on the fringe. Guthrie can’t get his birdie attempt to fall, but taps in for a par. Thompson’s birdie putt comes up 3 feet short and he misses the short one for par, settling for a bogey. Now leads by two with two to play.
• THE CHASERS: Geoff Ogilvy overshoots the green at the par-4 16th, but chips in for an improbable birdie to move to 6 under and alone in second.
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Update #15: 5:13 p.m. EST
Michael Thompson just needs to play par golf at this point, no need to take any more chances at this point as he enters the Bear Trap ahead by four shots.
• FINAL GROUP: Thompson safely puts his tee ball 40 feet left of the flag while Guthrie gets aggressive with his tee ball and it pays off, leaving himself 12 feet from the right. Thompson nearly drains the lengthy birdie try, settling for a solid par. Guthrie doesn’t hit his birdie putt quite firm enough and he settles for a par. Thompson is four ahead with three to go.
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Update #14: 5 p.m. EST
If the field is waiting for Thompson to make a big mistake, it hasn’t happened yet. Thompson is looking quite comfortable.
• FINAL GROUP: As soon as Guthrie cut into Thompson’s lead, Guthrie pulls his tee ball out of bounds. Thompson’s tee ball finds the middle of the fairway, while Guthrie’s second tee shot (third overall) is also in the middle. Guthrie’s fourth shot is just off the green, about 20 feet to the pin. Thompson’s second shot goes well right of the green. Thompson gets up-and-down for par, while Guthrie’s bogey putt from off the green misses and he picks up double. Thompson now leads by four over Guthrie and Geoff Ogilvy.
• THE CHASERS: Geoff Ogilvy (5 under) two-putts for a par at No. 15, while Westwood can’t get up-and-down from the fringe and falls to 3 under.
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Update #13: 4:47 p.m. EST
• FINAL GROUP: Both players take fairway metal at No. 13, with Thompson running just into the first cut, while Guthrie flirts with disaster before coming to rest in the long rough. Guthrie’s approach runs about 10 feet past the hole and he drains it to get to 7 under. Thompson two-putts from the front of the green for a par, and his lead is now two.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood flirts with a birdie on No. 14, but it stays out on the left and he taps in to stay at 4 under. Meanwhile, Geoff Ogilvy’s bogey-free streak ends at 14, dropping to 5 under. Rickie Fowler, coming off two birdies, can’t get a 12-footer to drop at No. 14 and falls back to 3 under, tied with Y.E. Yang, Keegan Bradley, Peter Hanson and David Lynn.
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Update #12: 4:36 p.m. EST
With seven holes to play, Thompson is forcing the rest of the field to try to make up ground by challenging the course, which might not be the brightest idea at PGA National.
• FINAL GROUP: Thompson hammers his tee ball up the right side of the fairway at No. 12. He was coaxing it with his body after impact and it seemed to work. Both Guthrie and Thompson hit the green in regulation, with Thompson nearly 40 feet away, and Guthrie about 30. Both players two-putt, with Thompson coming to rest less than a foot from the cup. Thompson remains three shots ahead with six holes to play.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood makes a mess of the 12th and picks up bogey to fall back to 4 under (2 over for the day). Rickie Fowler picks up his second consecutive birdie at No. 13 to move back to 4 under (1 over for the day).
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Update #11: 4:21 p.m. EST
At this point, Thompson is letting others make mistakes while he scrambles around to make pars. That up-and-down from the straw was all-world on No. 10.
• FINAL GROUP: Important tee balls at the 11th and both players find the left-center of the fairway, with Thompson slightly longer. Guthrie’s second shot finds the fringe about 30 feet from the hole, while Thompson barely clears the water and sticks in the bank, just above the hazard line. Another great save from Thompson, while Guthrie does the same. Thompson remains three in front.
• THE CHASERS: Y.E. Yang birdies No. 12 to move back to 5 under, but then gives it right back by missing a 5-footer for par at No. 13. Westwood (5 under) pars the 11th after a nice second shot that gave him 15 feet for birdie. Geoff Ogilvy remains tied with Luke Guthrie in second at 6 under with a par at No. 11.
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Update #10: 4:02 p.m. EST
Will the final group hold up under the pressure on the back-nine? It doesn’t get much tougher than No. 10, so we shall see.
• FINAL GROUP: A pair of nice drives down the middle of the fairway from both Guthrie and Thompson. But both hit poor second shots, with Thompson going over the gallery and into the straw to the right, while Guthrie goes right into the gallery and settles in the rough. Thompson’s pitch is incredible, settling about 4 feet past the hole and saves par. Guthrie comes up short of the hole with his third, and misses an 18-footer for par, falling three shots back again and is now tied with Geoff Ogilvy in second.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy manage to par the tough par-4 10th, with Ogilvy getting up-and-down from in front of the green to remain bogey-free on the round (6 under overall). With a birdie at No. 12, Graham DeLaet has joined Westwood at 5 under.
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Update #9: 3:43 p.m. EST
Michael Thompson is not playing like a guy that hasn’t won a PGA Tour title, answering every dropped shot with a birdie.
• FINAL GROUP: Thompson finds a fairway bunker on the right, while Guthrie finds the fairway at the par-4 9th. Guthrie comes up just short of the green (extreme front pin), while Thompson goes right of the green. Thompson’s chip runs about 10 feet left of the hole, while Guthrie goes after the hole, running it about 3 feet past. Thompson misses his par putt to finish the front with a 1-under 34, while Guthrie pars to card a 1-over 36, but is back within two shots.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy come up just short of the green at the par-4 9th, but both get up-and-down to save par. Westwood remains at 5 under, while Ogilvy is bogey-free at 6 under. Keegan Bradley
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Update #8: 3:28 p.m. EST
Thompson opened the door to Guthrie with that bogey on No. 7, especially missing a makeable par putt after most of his daggers have come with the flatstick.
• FINAL GROUP: A pair of perfect drives at the par-4 8th by Guthrie and Thompson, and then they go right at the pin, with Guthrie getting it to about 4 feet and Thompson just inside of that. Guthrie’s birdie attempt fades right and picks up a par, while Thompson knocks in his birdie attempt to regain his three-shot lead.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood leaves a 15-footer for birdie about 2 inches to the right and he picks up par on No. 8 to stay at 5 under.
• TIGER UPDATE: In what can be deemed a truly up-and-down day, Tiger finishes his day with an eagle. Yes, an eagle. A nice drive followed by an incredible second shot to about 10 feet right of the pin, which he buries. A rare one-putt for Woods on Sunday. He finishes the day (and the tournament) at 4 over.
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Update #7: 3:16 p.m. EST
Both par saves at No. 6 were big for the final group, but maybe even more so for Guthrie, who saw Thompson drain that long 18-footer right before him.
• FINAL GROUP: The lengthy par-3 7th has most taking 2-irons, 3-hybrids or fairway metals. Thompson goes first and carries the green long. Guthrie’s tee ball finds the green, but will have 50 feet to the hole. Thompson’s chip stays right of the hole and leaves himself 8 feet for par. He misses that to fall back to 9 under. A two-putt for Guthrie and Thompson’s lead is cut to two.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy both go well left of the green at the par-3 7th, but both manage to get up-and-down, with Westwood nearly holing out. Ogilvy stays at 6 under, while Westwood is at 5 under. Keegan Bradley joins Westwood at 5 under with a 4-footer for birdie at No. 9.
• TIGER UPDATE: Solid tee ball from Woods at the par-3 17th, about 70 feet from the hole. He two-putts for a par and exits the Bear Trap at 2 over for the day and is now 6 over for the tournament.
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Update #6: 3 p.m. EST
As we said 10 minutes ago, there will be lots of changes. Michael Thompson now has control of the tournament, sitting three shots ahead of Luke Guthrie and four ahead of Geoff Ogilvy.
• FINAL GROUP: Thompson hugs the left side of the fairway at the dangerous No. 6, but finds the fairway. Guthrie follows suit. Guthrie’s second ball comes to rest in the rough at the back of the green (solid shot), while Thompson comes up well short and in a greenside bunker. Thompson’s bunker shot finds the green, but is 18 feet right of the pin. Guthrie’s chip comes up 6 feet short of the cup. Thompson drains his long par putt to stay at 10 under, while Guthrie does the same. Thompson’s lead stays three shots.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood finds the rough on No. 6, comes up short of the green and then can’t get up-and-down, picking up bogey and falling to 5 under. Ogilvy two-putts for par on No. 6 to take third place to himself.
• TIGER UPDATE: Woods’ round is quickly turning into a disaster, as he finds the water at the par-4 16th and will drop for his third shot. He has four doubles this week (tied for career-worst). Robert Streb has actually outperformed Tiger, with Streb 1 under thru 15 holes (although, he just went into the water as well). Tiger’s third shot hits the green, but he can’t get a 15-footer to fall and picks up yet another bogey to fall to 6 over.
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Update #5: 2:38 p.m. EST
With the wind and already tough PGA National standing in front of them, the leaderboard promises to be packed all day. With his bogey at No. 4, Thompson is now clinging to a one-shot lead over Guthrie.
• FINAL GROUP: First par-3 of the day for the final pair, and both find the green, with Thompson getting his to about 12 feet past the hole, while Guthrie is about 40 feet under the hole. Guthrie comes up short and misses his short par save to fall back to 7 under, while Thompson buries his to move back to 10 under and three clear of Guthrie.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood gives one back at the par-3 5th, missing a 5-footer to save par after finding the sand behind the green. He falls back to 6 under, four back of Thompson.
• TIGER UPDATE: Solid drive for Tiger at No. 14, but his second shot finds the rough on the left side of the green. His chip nearly drops and he settles for a one-putt par. Well, he offsets that one-putt with a three-putt bogey at No. 15, hitting the green about 25 feet away, but missing his 4-footer for par. Now 5 over on the day and tournament.
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Update #4: 2:20 p.m. EST
Thompson couldn’t have asked for a better start to his round, and now has a two-shot advantage. His putter continues to be the difference.
• FINAL GROUP: The pair move to the shorter par 4, Thompson sends his tee ball into the long rough on the left, his second overcooked tee ball in four holes. Thompson’s approach comes up short and in the rough. A solid third shot from Thompson leaves about 6 feet to save par, which he misses left and drops his first shot of the day. Guthrie hammered his tee ball down the throat of the fairway and sneaks his second shot in on the right side of the green for a good look at birdie. His putt stays on the lip and picks up a par to stay at 8 under, one shot back.
• THE CHASERS: Charles Howell III nearly picks up a hole-in-one on the par-3 5th hole, leaving himself less than 2 feet for birdie, which he makes to move to 6 under. Fowler misses a 6-footer for par on the same hole to fall back to 4 under.
• TIGER UPDATE: Woods stops the bleeding with a par on No. 13, narrowly missing his third birdie of the day. He’s still 4 over for the round and tournament, and now has 25 putts with five holes to go.
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Update #3: 2:10 p.m. EST
Michael Thompson now has the outright lead by opening with two pars.
• FINAL GROUP: Guthrie finds the center of the fairway at the par-5 3rd, but his approach finds a greenside bunker. Thompson also splits the fairway, but finds the putting surface with his second and will have 50 feet for eagle. Guthrie recovers nicely with his third, blasting a sand ball to about 4 feet right of the hole. But, moments later, Thompson drains his long eagle attempt with his putter raised and a little fist pump after it. Guthrie does make his birdie putt, but Thompson’s lead is now two shots.
• THE CHASERS: Geoff Ogilvy misses a prime birdie opportunity on No. 4 and stays at 6 under, while Lee Westwood manages a par on the same hole despite hitting a fairway bunker off the tee and stays at 7 under. Charles Howell III drops a shot at No. 4 to fall back to 5 under.
• TIGER UPDATE: Woods has had problems with his putter today, two-putting 10 times. His four double bogeys this week tie a career worst, and he still has some tough holes coming in. That includes the 12th hole, where he two-putts for a bogey to fall to 4 over. The round is quickly getting away from Tiger.
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Update #2: 2 p.m. EST
We’ll shift into a Tour Tracker here, as Tiger has fallen off the pace at 3 over for the tournament, and the co-leaders are on their second hole. We’ll continue to keep you updated on Tiger’s round.
• FINAL GROUP: Luke Guthrie finds trouble left off the tee at the par-4 2nd, while Michael Thompson is in the middle of the fairway. Hitting from the trees, Guthrie simply has to lay up. Thompson nails the green and will have 35 feet for birdie. Thompson two-putts for par, while Guthrie can’t recover from his poor tee ball and drops a shot. Thompson is now the solo leader at 8 under.
• THE CHASERS: Lee Westwood rolls in an 8-footer for birdie at No. 3 to get to 7 under, while Ogilvy can’t do the same and stays at 6 under. Westwood now tied for second with Guthrie. Meanwhile, Charles Howell III makes a 6-footer for birdie on No. 3 to move to 6 under, and Y.E. Yang makes a 6-footer at No. 4 to also get to 6 under. The leaderboard is getting crowded, quickly.
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Hole No. 11, Par 4, 479 yards
Tiger moves to the 11th, a hole that he has parred each day. He has only one birdie on the back-nine all week, that was on par-4 14th on Friday.
• Hole wrap-up: Playing into the wind again, Tiger finds the right rough off the tee. Tiger takes aim at the pin, but comes up short and in the water lining the front of the green. Needed one more club on that one. Tiger hits his fourth from across the water and will have 20 feet to save bogey. He doesn’t make the putt and picks up his second double of the day.
Thru 11: 3 over
• Elsewhere on the course: Co-leaders Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson pick up pars at the opening hole to retain their two-shot advantage over the field. Meanwhile, Erik Compton is creeping up the leaderboard as he picks up a second consecutive birdie, this one at No. 4 to move to 5 under, three back of the leaders.
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Hole No. 10, Par 4, 508 yards
Tiger’s over-par front-nine is his first of the week, as he was a combined 6 under on the first nine holes the first three rounds. That means he was 6 over on the back coming into today.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger finds the left side of the fairway at the long par-4, and then sends a fantastic long iron into the green, but misses the birdie putt from 10 feet and settles for another par (and another two-putt).
Thru 10: 1 over (1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Both two shots back, Lee Westwood and Geoff Ogilvy narrowly miss birdie putts at No. 1 and settle for pars to stay at 6 under. Keegan Bradley and Justin Rose add birdies at No. 3 to move to 5 under. Rickie Fowler starts his day with a bogey after getting caught in the long rough in front of the green. Fowler falls back to 4 under. Playing with Fowler, Charles Howell III pars the opener to stay at 5 under.
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Hole No. 9, Par 4, 421 yards
This is the second tournament of a four-tournament-in-five-week stretch for Tiger, who will play the WGC-Cadillac next week and is expected to defend his title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the middle of March. Those will likely be his only two appearances before the Masters in April.
• Hole wrap-up: An iron off the tee finds the fairway and a nice approach shot gives him another look at a short birdie putt. He makes the 6-footer for his second birdie on the front-nine. A 1-over 36 going out.
Thru 9: 1 over (1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Tom Gillis and Erik Compton both birdie the par-5 3rd hole to move to 4 under, four back of the co-leaders that have yet to tee off.
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Hole No. 8, Par 4, 455 yards
Those were two ugly holes for Tiger, who will now have to fight back to even card his fourth consecutive 70.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger finally finds a fairway, with his tee ball settling in the middle. A superb approach leaves Tiger with about 5 feet for birdie, but he can’t get it to fall and picks up seventh two-putt of the day.
Thru 8: 2 over (2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Nicolas Colsaerts can’t get to the clubhouse fast enough, as the Belgian Bomber is 9 over through 15 holes, picking up six bogeys and a triple bogey. Steve Marino currently has the worst round of the day with a 9-over 79. Meanwhile, near the top of the leaderboard, Kyle Stanley follows his eagle on No. 3 with a bogey on No. 4 to fall back to 3 under. A lot of give-and-take at PGA National today.
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Hole No. 7, Par 3, 226 yards
That double likely took the wind out of any sails that were hanging around, hoping for an epic comeback. With 12 holes to play, Tiger is now nine off the lead.
• Hole wrap-up: Another poor tee ball, and again right. He’ll have a tough up-and-down at the par-3. That’s two missed greens in a row after starting 5-for-5. Tiger’s second shot settles 12 feet short and he misses the putt to drop to 3 over over his last two holes, and 2 over for the tournament.
Thru 7: 2 over (2 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Charl Schwartzel has moved to 2 under overall with a birdie at the par-3 5th.
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Hole No. 6, Par 4, 488 yards
Tiger has a solid round going when he likely needs spectacular. The conditions just don’t allow for very much of the latter. Now he moves to the par-4 6th, a hole that he hit out of the water on on Thursday and then found the drink on Friday.
• Hole wrap-up: Uh-oh. Tiger’s tee ball sails way right. Going to take some searching. He obviously feared the water on the left. The tee ball not only went right, but it also cleared the 4th fairway. After Tiger starts to head back to the tee, a man finds a ball and Tiger returns to identify it. But, because of time, Tiger has to go back to re-tee anyways. Disaster strikes again at No. 6. His second tee ball (and third shot) finds the right rough. His approach is just short of the green, chips it close and knocks in his double-bogey putt. His first one-putt of the day.
Thru 6: 1 over (1 over for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Russell Henley has yet to record a par on Sunday, starting birdie-bogey-birdie to get to 2 under, six off the lead. Nicholas Thompson, brother of Lexi Thompson (who picked up a top-10 finish in the HSBC Champions event Sunday), is on the course and stays at 3 under after a par at the opening hole. Kyle Stanley, who made the cut by a single shot, is taking advantage of his weekend in south Florida, picking up an eagle at the par-5 3rd to move to 4 under, which is T-7 currently.
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Hole No. 5, Par 3, 217 yards
Tiger is giving himself chances on Sunday, but eight putts over four holes won’t get it done if he is to go low.
• Hole wrap-up: Another green hit, but he won’t be happy at sitting 40 feet from the cup. And . . . another two-putt. That’s 10 putts over five holes, leading to four pars and a birdie.
Thru 5: 1 under (1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Dustin Johnson and Martin Kaymer both played with Tiger the first two days and bettered the World No. 2. That’s not the case now, as Johnson has dropped to 3 over (2 over for Sunday) and Kaymer back to 7 over (4 over for Sunday).
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Hole No. 4, Par 4, 376 yards
First three holes went according to plan, with a couple of narrow birdie misses at Nos. 1 and 2 that would have made it an incredible start. Did take advantage of the par-5 3rd hole, which was important.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger takes fairway metal and slides it up the right side, rolling just into the first cut. He hits his fourth green to start the round, but a two-putt leaves him with a par. His birdie attempt stops on the lip. That’s eight putts over four holes.
Thru 4: 1 under (1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Graeme McDowell came out of the gate quickly, picking up birdie on No. 1 to move 3 under for the tournament. Robert Streb, playing with Tiger, also birdied No. 3 to get to 2 under overall. After a birdie at No. 1, Russell Henley gives it right back with a bogey at No. 2 and falls back to 1 under overall.
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Hole No. 3, Par 5, 538 yards
Solid start for Tiger, especially with that save at No. 2. With only two par-5s on the course, and the next one being the final hole, Tiger must take advantage of these holes if he wants to creep up the leaderboard.
• Hole wrap-up: Tiger bombs driver off the 3rd tee, putting himself in great position to get after the green. He does hit the green in two, leaving himself with a lengthy eagle putt. He two-putts for his first birdie of the day and is back in the red.
Thru 3: 1 under (1 under for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: Sony Open champion and Tour rookie Russell Henley starts his day with a birdie to move to 2 under on the tournament.
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Hole No. 2, Par 4, 464 yards
The conditions aren’t ideal for making a big move, but they could be prime to watch some fall back. Tiger won’t be able to miss many 15-footers today if he is going to make any sort of move, even for a top-10 or top-15 finish.
• Hole wrap-up: With the wind in his face, Tiger takes driver and it fades right and into a fairway bunker. A strong approach into the green, leaving himself 35 feet for a birdie. He misses, but a solid par.
Thru 2: Even (Even for tournament)
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Hole No. 1, Par 4, 365 yards
The wind is kicking up at PGA National again, and you can only see Tiger’s signature red shirt through the top of his black sweater. Going with the all-black clothes look today.
• Hole wrap-up: Another iron off the tee at No. 1 and he finds the middle of the fairway. His approach finds the green, giving him a 15-footer for birdie. He misses that and taps in for an opening par.
Thru 1: Even (Even for tournament)
• Elsewhere on the course: There have been some big numbers posted on Sunday, with Brad Fritsch picking up a second 77 on the weekend, while Steve Marino is 9 over through 13 holes today. Marino has a double- and quadruple-bogey. Meanwhile, Jason Dufner had made a move early, picking up birdies at Nos. 1 and 3, but has bogeys at Nos. 6, 8 and 9 and just carded a double at 10.
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Update #1: 10:05 a.m. EST
Of the 28 players that have completed at least one hole, only four of them are under par on the day. Meanwhile, Brad Fritsch is 8 over through 11 holes.
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• TEE TIMES: Here are the final-round tee times and pairings for the Honda Classic at PGA National’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Pairings.
• TRACKER: Tiger Woods decided to stick around for the weekend, and fired his third consecutive 70 at PGA National. He sits eight back of the leaders, Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson. See how Moving Day at the Honda Classic played out. Story.
• 5 THINGS: The Honda Classic began with the world’s top two players in the field. Its final pairing will feature two players chasing their first PGA Tour victory. Luke Guthrie and Michael Thompson are tied for first at 8-under 202, two shots ahead of a major champion (Geoff Ogilvy) and former World No. 1 (Lee Westwood). Story.
• GONE WITH THE WIND: The wind was a huge factor in Saturday’s third round at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., says Brendan Steele and Tiger Woods. Story.
• GOING LOW: Reverse was the order of the day at the Honda Classic on Saturday, as most of the field could never find the right gear, falling backwards. But 2009 Honda Classic champion Y.E. Yang found the conditions to his liking, and on “moving day” did just that. Story.
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• 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.
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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.