Tour Tracker: Henley wins Honda Classic

Russell Henley during Sunday's final round of his win at the PGA Tour's 2014 Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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Leader Rory McIlroy expanded his lead early in Sunday's final round of the Honda Classic – but the margin narrowed after the leader made the turn. McIlroy's 4-over 74 led to a playoff with Russell Henley, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, started the day 5 over for his first six holes – and on that mark through 12 holes, having been seen stretching his back during the round, he withdrew.

Click here for more about Woods' WD on Sunday.

Keep up with the playoff highlights right here – and also scroll down for our previous coverage:

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Update No. 35: 6:25 p.m. EST

Ryan Palmer's lie is up against the edge of the fairway cut, and his chip for eagle finds the right line but stops 12-15 feet short. Rory McIlroy hit next, from the bunker, and from a good lie he needs a long carry; he can't spin it enough to stop near the pin and the ball rolls off the collar.

Russell Henley then lines up his long eagle putt and rolls it to about 3 feet – with the sun setting, he's got by far the easiest try for birdie.

Knox is next to putt, finding a good line and good speed, but it just falls off low and right. McIlroy is next, from the rough, and elects to chip but comes up well short. Palmer putts next, and like Knox he has a good line and good speed, yet he misses high and left. McIlroy takes his par putt and makes.

That leaves Henley's 3-footer to win. He sinks it – and has his second career Tour win. Oh, and a Masters spot.

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Update No. 34: 6:15 p.m. EST

Russell Knox lays up from the fairway bunker, then watches his three competitors make their plays. Russell Henley hits next, finding the left side of green in two. Ryan Palmer then gets greenside, missing left in the first cut near the opening. Lastly, Rory McIlroy tries to replicate his heroics at the 72nd – this time hitting it long and into the back-right bunker.

With nobody all that close to the pin in two, a good wedge by Knox wouldn't put him at much of a disadvantage; it lands fairly close to the pin but spins back and away to give him a moderate-length birdie try.

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Update No. 33: 6:06 p.m. EST

Afforded the luxury of time, Ryan Palmer tweets before he heads out for the start of the four-man playoff at the par-5 18th.

@RyanPalmerPGA: "And a playoff it is. Make some noise!!! #rpf #letsmakeit4"

Then they hit. Russell Knox goes first, and he misses left; it rolls into the bunker. Rory McIlroy is next, finding the left side of the fairway. Ryan Palmer hits it nearly to the same spot as McIlroy. Finally, Russell Henley hits on the same line as McIlroy and Palmer but shorter.

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Update No. 32: 5:56 p.m. EST

Henley's chip is woefully short, as he catches it heavy and doesn't get it very far onto the green. A long lag birdie putt is about 3 feet short.

McIlroy then takes aim at his eagle putt, and just misses on the low side, tapping in for birdie to get into the playoff. Henley then makes his par and we'll have a four-man playoff.

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Update No. 31: 5:44 p.m. EST

Co-leader Russell Knox needs an up-and-down from behind the green to finish tied with Ryan Palmer, and chips to about 10 feet – he sinks it and heads in to sign for a 71.

McIlroy hits from the fairway and goes for the green in two – and sticks it to inside 15 feet for a look at eagle. Henley also gets greenside in two, missing left but with a chance to get up and down for birdie.

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Update No. 30: 5:40 p.m. EST

At the par-5 18th, co-leader Russell Knox hits his tee shot into a fairway bunker, then hits his second shot into the rough – from where he hits his third shot to the back of the green and it runs off. Co-leader Russell Henley and T-4 Rory McIlroy hit their tee shots in the fairway, Henley on the left side and McIlroy on the right.

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Update No. 29: 5:35 p.m. EST

Dropping from a share of the lead, Rory McIlroy hits it in the bunker at the 17th and can't convert the sand save. At 7 under, McIlroy has four bogeys and a double bogey in his last 11 holes. Russell Henley two-putts for par to remain tied with Russell Knox, playing the 18th, and clubhouse leader Ryan Palmer atop the leaderboard.

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Update No. 28: 5:27 p.m. EST

Rory McIlroy can't convert his bogey putt from about 20 feet, dropping to 8 under with two to play. Ryan Palmer, having chipped to about 3-4 feet, then misses his par try on the high side and making bogey for a 69 that has him at 8 under – with three others also on that mark, Russell Henley, Russell Knox and Rory McIlroy.

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Update No. 27: 5:19 p.m. EST

With the lead, Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot at No. 16 into a fairway bunker on the left – then catches it heavy and hits his second shot into the water. His fourth finds the back tier of the green but is short of the pin.

Ahead at the par-5 No. 18 hole, Ryan Palmer misses right with his drive and lays up – after which his approach comes up short.

Time for some work around the greens.

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Update No. 26: 5:08 p.m. EST

Rory McIlroy misses the green, finding the bunker left at the par-3 15th – but Russell Henley misses worse, finding the water right. McIlroy's sand save keeps him in the lead – as Henley double bogeys to slide back two shots back again at T-3 alongside Russell Knox. In second is Ryan Palmer, playing the 18th.

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Update No. 25: 5:01 p.m. EST

Russell Henley misses the green at the 14th – but chips in over a little mound and climbs into a tie for the lead at 10 under. Rory McIlroy has a chance to pull away again, but his birdie try stops short right of the pin. Ryan Palmer gets a long lag putt within about a foot at the 17th to remain a shot back.

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Update No. 24: 4:56 p.m. EST

Russell Knox runs into trouble at No. 14, missing the fairway off the tee then knocking a mis-hit into the water. He then drops and misses the green with his approach, and needs two to get down for a double bogey that drops him to fourth at 8 under. Meanwhile, Ryan Palmer bogeys No. 16 after missing the green and failing to get up and down to the back pin.

That means a par at No. 13 has lifted Rory McIlroy back into the lead alone, a shot ahead of Palmer and Russell Henley and two ahead of Knox.

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Update No. 23: 4:47 p.m. EST

Russell Henley gets things moving forward again, a birdie at the 13th lifting him to 9 under and a shot back of co-leaders Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy and Ryan Palmer.

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Update No. 22: 4:36 p.m. EST

A missed par putt at No. 12 drops Rory McIlroy into a three-way tie for the lead with Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer, while Russell Henley also bogeys to remain two back. Palmer has had a few chances to close the gap but was unable to convert, yet it's a McIlroy error – his third bogey in six holes, with no birdies in that stretch – that erases the margin. Knox pars the 13th to remain in the top group on the leaderboard.

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Update No. 21: 4:14 p.m. EST

A bogey at No. 10 drops Russell Henley two shots back of leader Rory McIlroy, who pars the hole. That has Henley solo fourth at 9 under, with Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer T-2 one back of McIlroy through 11 and 13 holes, respectively.

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Update No. 20: 4:10 p.m. EST

Ryan Palmer gets a good birdie opportunity at the 12th, and converts to rise to 10 under, T-2 a shot back of leader Rory McIlroy. He made a long birdie putt early in the round to help him get to this point (mobile readers can see the video here).

Russell Knox pars the 10th to remain 10 under and T-2 alongside Palmer and Russell Henley.A double bogey at the 10th drops Jhonattan Vegas to 7 under, T-5 alongside Will MacKenzie.

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Update No. 19: 3:57 p.m. EST

Bogeys at Nos. 7 and 9 have leader Rory McIlroy looking for his first birdie in five holes at No. 10 – and takes driver, then booms one down the fairway. McIlroy is one ahead of Russell Henley and Russell Knox, two ahead of Ryan Palmer and Jhonattan Vegas.

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Update No. 18: 3:43 p.m. EST

Leader Rory McIlroy hits it in the fairway bunker at No. 8, then into a greenside bunker – where he ends up with a bad lie. In fact, he can't get it out of the sand on the first shot, then makes bogey from there. It gives Russell Henley a chance to tie for the lead, but he misses a birdie putt from more than 20 feet and McIlroy still leads by one.

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Update No. 17: 3:24 p.m. EST

Ryan Palmer gives himself a good-looking birdie try at the ninth, but his putt just misses and he settles for par to remain two back of leader Rory McIlroy, T-2 with Russell Knox. At 3 under for the day, Palmer is right there with the best Sunday rounds – six 67s have been carded so far.

TIGER TRACKER: Spotted stretching at a few points during his round, Tiger Woods withdraws after his 12th hole.

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Update No. 16: 3:11 p.m. EST

Leader Rory McIlroy misses the green at the par-3 seventh, then plays from the bunker to past the pin and leaves himself about a 12-footer for par. That one misses, and he's back to even for the day, still ahead by two.

TIGER TRACKER: With pretty good speed on his birdie try, Tiger rolls it just over the left edge for a tap-in par at the 12th. He's still 5 over today, T-48 at even par.

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Update No. 15: 3:03 p.m. EST

An up-and-down for par for leader Rory McIlroy keeps him three shots clear of the nearest challengers, which no longer includes Russell Henley as he bogeys to slip to T-4 alongside Jhonattan Vegas.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger gets it in the fairway off the 12th tee, then hits it on the green inside 25 feet.

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Update No. 14: 2:54 p.m. EST

Jhonattan Vegas has birdied two of his last three holes and is 4 under for his last 13 after a birdie at the par-3 fifth. That gets the Venezuelan to 9 under and solo fifth, four back of leader Rory McIlroy.

TIGER TRACKER: After Tiger finds the first cut on the right side at the par-4 11th, our Adam Schupak reports: "Tiger making some weird stretches on 11 after his tee shot. Wonder if his back is acting up." Tiger hits it onto the green, but a long birdie try runs past and he cards another par.

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Update No. 13: 2:41 p.m. EST

Leader Rory McIlroy jars his second birdie putt of the day after his tee shot at the par-3 fifth hole gets him to about 10 feet. That stretches his lead to three

TIGER TRACKER: Woods misses the green at No. 10, but recovers to inside 5 feet and makes the putt to remain 5 over for the day, T-52 at even par.

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Update No. 12: 2:35 p.m. EST

Like Russell Knox before him, leader Rory McIlroy finds a little trouble at the fourth – McIlroy misses the green, then chips long to the opposite edge. That putt misses and his lead returns to two shots with Russell Henley, Russell Knox and Ryan Palmer at 10 under.

TIGER TRACKER: Family time at the turn for Tiger, according to our Adam Schupak via his Twitter account, @GolfweekSchupak: "5 over 40 on the front for Tiger. Lindsey Vonn and Tiger's daughter visited with him briefly as he made the turn. Not sure what they said."

And, "Let's see if Tiger's daughter in his gallery can inspire some better play on the back 9. pic.twitter.com/AZ9EuNZppj"

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Update No. 11: 2:23 p.m. EST

Russell Knox gives his birdie back with a bogey at the fourth, slipping back to 10 under and T-2 with Russell Henley and Ryan Palmer.

TIGER TRACKER: Our Adam Schupak notes: "Tiger sprays driver to the right and the ball comes to rest at the base of a tree on 9;" "Tiger dumped his 2nd in the bunker at 9 and has a lengthy par putt to avoid shooting in the 40s on his frontside." The putt misses and Tiger makes the turn in 40, back to even par for the week.

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Update No. 10: 2:21 p.m. EST

Leader Rory McIlroy misses the third fairway off the tee and lays up at the par 5; from there he wedges inside 5 feet, about where Russell Knox made his birdie putt in the group ahead. Russell Henley goes for the green in two and misses left, hitting it into the water; he drops in the rough near the hazard and with the ball above his feet wedges to about 12 feet for a par try that he converts. McIlroy makes his birdie putt and stretches his lead back to two shots.

TIGER TRACKER: Woods misses the fairway at No. 9, hitting it in the right rough.

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Update No. 9: 2:09 p.m. EST

Russell Knox lays up at the par-5 third hole, then wedges inside 5 feet and rolls in a birdie putt, taking solo second and pulling within a shot of leader Rory McIlroy.

TIGER TRACKER: Tiger's nice drive at No. 8 is wasted as he misses the green, but he recovers to about 5 feet from the rough. He makes the putt and saves par, remaining 4 over for the day and T-47 at 1 under.

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Update No. 8: 2:02 p.m. EST

Leader Rory McIlroy finds the middle of the fairway at No. 2, and is pin high to the center of the green from there. His birdie try stops shor tand right, and he again taps in for par with his game looking good.

Russell Knox, he of the 59 last year on Web.com Tour, birdies the first and follows with a par to pull into a tie for second with Russell Henley. Ryan Palmer also pulls into the T-2 group thanks to three birdies in his first four holes. So McIlroy's in good form, but he might need some birdie putts to start falling.

TIGER TRACKER: Woods finds the fairway at No. 8, looking to gain a little more ground after digging that early deficit at Nos. 2-6.

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Update No. 7: 1:54 p.m. EST

Russell Henley makes a run at a birdie putt at the first, but it dives low as it approaches the hole and he has a tap-in par. Leader Rory McIlroy gets even closer, barely missing right and tapping in for par as well to remain two shots ahead.

• TIGER TRACKER: Woods' tee shot at the par-3 seventh has a nice line just left of the flagstick and rolls maybe 15 feet past. It's makeable and he converts to get a shot back from that disastrous start, getting under par for the week again and climbing to T-49.

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Hole No. 6: Par 4, 479 yards

Cross another final-round 62 off the list of things to look for from Tiger after he played a three-hole stretch in four holes. Here at the sixth, he's parred three times this week.

On the tee: Splash. Tiger has hit his second water ball of the day. Notes our Adam Schupak, via his Twitter account @GolfweekSchupak: "Oh my, Tiger is wet at 6 off the tee. Now he has the lefties."

• On the approach: As at the third, Tiger takes a drop and lays up short. Difference being, that was a par-5 and this is a par-4. With a good angle in from there, he wedges to about 5 feet for a bogey try.

On the green: The bogey putt is good, but Tiger drops to T-52 and is back at even par for the first time since the fourth hole yesterday.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 5 over (even for week)

Elsewhere on the course: Leader Rory McIlroy starts his day by finding the first fairway, as does Russell Henley still alone in second. Ryan Palmer birdies the first to climb to T-4 at 8 under out of the gate.

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Hole No. 5: Par 3, 217 yards

There will be no comeback victory today for Tiger, but the question becomes by how much he can improve on his T-80 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open in his only other start this season, when he went home after three rounds missing the secondary cut.

On the tee: Tiger finds the green here, right of the pin as the ball rolls back toward the front edge. Fairly long birdie look remaining.

On the green: Decent roll here, but it slides by and he settles for a needed par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (1 under for week)

Elsewhere on the course: D.A. Points, who started his day with four straight birdies but made the turn at even par after a bogey and a triple, closes with a double bogey and two bogeys on his final four holes for a 74; that's 8 over for his final 13.

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Hole No. 4: Par 4, 395 yards

Tiger Woods often relies on par-5 holes to gain strokes on the field, but he just double bogeyed one on a course that only has two.

On the tee: Erratic again, but less so than off the third tee, Tiger finds the rough with this shot.

Approach shot: Another significant miss here, as Tiger hits it to the intermediate cut well off and below the green.

Around the green: Taking a low run at it, Tiger comes up well short of the pin. Pretty long, uphill par effort left here, and Tiger misses; he's dropping further back still.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 4 over (1 under for week) [Note: An error earlier had his week's score correct, day's score incorrect in this spot]

Elsewhere on the course: Sergio Garcia made the turn at 1 under, then birdied Nos. 10-11 to rise to T-22 at 5 under. The Spaniard is looking for his fourth top-25 finish in as many PGA Tour starts during this 2013-14 season.

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Hole No. 3: Par 5, 538 yards

Again, from our Adam Schupak via @GolfweekSchupak: "Left a delicate pitch short of the green. Not the start he was looking for." Suddenly Tiger has an early deficit from which to recover.

On the tee: Trouble. Tiger's first mistake off the tee puts him way right and in the water. He takes a drop – with his early deficit likely to grow.

Around the green: A decent chip gets Tiger inside 10 feet with an uphill bogey try. That runs past, though, and the double bogey probably ends Tiger's hopes of another big-comeback Honda Classic win, dropping him to T-44 and 10 back of leader Rory McIlroy with 15 to play.

TIGER ON THE DAY: 3 over (2 under for week)

• On the approach: After a recovery shot, Tiger misses the green right. He'll need to get up and down for bogey.

Elsewhere on the course: Paul Casey has the round of the day going, 5 under through 15 holes to climb to T-11 at 6 under.

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Hole No. 2: Par 4, 464 yards

Notes our Adam Schupak via his Twitter account, @GolfweekSchupak: "Started walking after his birdie putt way too soon for that one to have a chance." We'll see if the miss motivates him to get under par for the day soon.

On the tee: There's some wind again today, but it's yet to affect Tiger's game off the tee as he finds his second fairway in as many holes.

• Approach shot: Tiger misses the green here and faces a tricky up-and-down for par.

• Around the green: Tiger's wedge play around the greens Friday was key to making the cut, but here he doesn't even get it halfway to the hole. From there he gets up and down for a disappointing bogey that drops him to T-29.

TIGER FOR THE DAY: 1 over (4 under for week)

Elsewhere on the course: Luke Guthrie sinks a 30-footer or so for birdie at the opener to move to T-9 at 6 under.

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Hole No. 1: Par 4, 365 yards

• On the tee: A sound shot to start Tiger's day finds the fairway off this elevated tee.

• Approach shot: Another solid effort, as Tiger finds the green and leaves himself about a 20-footer. Can he start with birdie for the second day in a row?

• On the green: Not enough mustard on this one, as Tiger comes up short and settles for par.

TIGER ON THE DAY: Even par (5 under for week)

• Elsewhere on the course: After six pars to start his day, birdies at Nos. 7-8 push Rickie Fowler to T-23 at 5 under.

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Update No. 6: 11:44 a.m. EST

Adam Scott bogeys the fifth to slip to 1 under for the day, T-26 at 4 under. Sergio Garcia bogeys the fifth to get back to even par for the day and T-48 at 2 under. Vijay Singh is also even through five and T-48, while Rickie Fowler is even through four and T-30 at 3 under.

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Update No. 5: 11:28 a.m. EST

Adam Scott's first birdies of the day come at Nos. 3-4 for a lift to T-18 at 5 under.

David Hearn opens with three straight birdies to rise to 6 under and T-9. The Canadian is looking for his first top-10 of the season.

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Update No. 4: 11:11 a.m. EST

Two players who drew a little extra attention from the gallery early yesterday, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler, open with two pars each to remain T-37 at 3 under.

Patrick Reed also opens with two pars, then bogeys the third and fourth holes to drop to T-62 at even par.

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Update No. 3: 10:49 a.m. EST

Sergio Garcia starts his day with a birdie, lifting him to T-37 at 3 under out of the gate. D.A. Points, meanwhile, cards his first bogey of the day at the sixth; he steadies himself with a par and is T-24 at 4 under with 11 to play.

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Update No. 2: 10:36 a.m. EST

D.A. Points' run of birdies ends at the fifth hole, as his four straight to start the round push him to T-17 at 5 under, seven back of leader Rory McIlroy.

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Update No. 1: 10:10 a.m. EST

Chris Kirk starts his day with a birdie to move up to T-37 at 3 under. That's nine back of leader Rory McIlroy, but Kirk will chase his fifth top-25 finish of the season.

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Early risers

Andres Romero is 3 under in a hurry with birdies at Nos. 2-4, climbing to T-24 at 4 under. Same for D.A. Points, who birdies his first three holes of the round.

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Slow starters

If anyone is expecting PGA National's Champion course is to provide scoring opportunities today, don't look at some early cards for encouragement. Two of the bigger names over par early: Graeme McDowell and Trevor Immelman are 2 over so far today, dropping to 67th at 1 over and 68 at 2 over respectively.

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Saturday's coverage

5 Things: McIlroy holds onto lead; Guthrie proves himself; more

Rory McIlroy did what he needed to Saturday at the Honda Classic, carding a 1-under 69 in windy afternoon conditions at PGA National to increase his lead from one to two shots.

Woods closes on Honda leaders with third-round 65

Tiger Woods made sure there wouldn’t be another Sunday off on the PGA Tour. After surviving the 36-hole cut, Woods posted a 5-under 65 in the third round of the Honda Classic to climb within shouting distance of leader Rory McIlroy before he teed off.

Garcia on new Trump National Doral: 'More challenging'

His heart was on this week’s Honda Classic, but Sergio Garcia doesn’t deny that he had an eye on next week’s gathering at the famed Trump National Doral.

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Friday's coverage

T. Woods' savior Friday: Short game that's "good again"

Grind it until you find it. That was the mantra for Tiger Woods on a Friday in which he straddled the cut line all day. Woods carded a 1-under 69 at PGA National’s Champion course in the second round of the Honda Classic to make the cut on the number at even-par 140. “It was a grind, there’s no doubt about it,” Woods said. “Just one of those days where I fought out a number, which was good.”

5 Things: McIlroy maintains; Woods sneaks in; more

Rory McIlroy put together the best opening-36-holes putting performance of his career during the first two rounds of the 2014 Honda Classic and took a 1-shot lead over Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge. McIlroy needed only 49 putts to shoot 63-66—129 (11 under), his best opening rounds on PGA Tour since shooting 130 at the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship.

R. McIlroy credits maturity for improved play in 2014

What’s different about Rory McIlroy in 2014? That’s easy: everything. The McIlroy who is 11 under through 36 holes at the Honda Classic is not the McIlroy of 2009, when he finished third in the PGA Championship, behind Tiger Woods and winner Y.E. Yang. And he's certainly not the McIlroy who struggled through the 2013 season.

Tiger Tracker: Honda Classic second round

Rory McIlroy endured a rocky start early in Friday's second round at the Honda Classic – he erased early bogeys before stretching his lead on his second nine to pull away from the field. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, has started his round well back at 1 over – and barely made the cut.

McDowells expecting baby girl in August

It’s a girl! Graeme McDowell revealed Friday that he and wife Kristin are expecting their first child together in August. “We found out on Tuesday it’s a girl,” he said after a second-round, 3-under 67 at the Honda Classic. “Obviously we’re real excited.” The McDowells were married in October in The Bahamas. The couple found out she was pregnant on New Year’s Day after returning home from Northern Ireland for the holidays.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: R. McIlroy in top form; A. Scott returns; more

A 63 in the afternoon vaulted none other than Rory McIlroy, he of the noted withdrawal a year ago, to the top of The Honda Classic leaderboard during Thursday's first round. At 7 under, McIlroy leads Russell Henley by one shot with a trio of players another shot back tied for third. Here are 5 Things to know from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

T. Woods: Could have been 3-4 shots better Thursday

When Tiger Woods was asked to name the positives from his 1-over 71 in the first round of the Honda Classic, he racked his brain and came up empty. “I hit it good enough to shoot probably at least three or four lower than I did,” he said. Woods' putter was colder than the polar vortex wreaking havoc on much of the United States.

B. de Jonge turns to N. Price, gets putting help

Brendon de Jonge came to Florida looking for some help, and he may have found it in Nick Price. Price, whose 50 worldwide professional victories include 18 on the PGA Tour including three majors, worked for more than an hour with de Jonge. They focused on head position, ball position and grip, trying to find the perfect combination.

Practice? We're talking practice? D. Ernst (66) doesn't need it

Derek Ernst made a huge splash by winning the Wells Fargo Championship last spring in Charlotte. Since then? The Honda Classic is his 24th start since winning at Quail Hollow, and he has missed the cut in 15 of those events. In other words, golf hasn’t been very much fun.

Tour Tracker: R. McIlroy leads after first round

With seven of the OWGR's top 10 in the Honda Classic field this week, plenty of buzz surrounds PGA National – and Rory McIlroy needed a 63 to climb to the top of the leaderboard Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. William McGirt and Rory Sabbatini were the best of the morning groups at 5 under, but McIlroy bested them by two shots and Russell Henley shot 64.

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Pre-tournament coverage

T. Woods hints at adding one more start prior to Masters

While traditionally playing both Doral and Bay Hill prior to the Masters, Tiger Woods has added the Honda Classic this year and hinted that he might add one more prior to his date with Augusta National.

P. Mickelson returns to PGA National for first time since junior days

The last time Phil Mickelson played at PGA National he was a junior golfer. The last time he played the Honda Classic, it was 2002 – and he had yet to win a major.

Rude: S. Elkington stumbles into another social-media mess

Our Jeff Rude comments on Steve Elkington's unfortunate Twitter posts on NFL prospect Michael Sam, while also reading between the lines on Sergio Garcia's claim on conceding a long putt at the Ryder Cup.

Expert picks for Honda Classic include R. McIlroy, C. Schwartzel

Rory McIlroy, Charl Schwartzel and Brooks Koepka are three names mentioned often among the expert picks to win or contend at this week's Honda Classic on PGA Tour. Conspicuously absent? Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.

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