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Rory McIlroy, at the age of 22, ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the world on Sunday with a two-shot win at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Windy conditions were expected to keep scoring conditions in check at the Bear Trap on PGA National. It was an impressive response after dropping the finals of the WGC Match Play championship last week to Hunter Mahan. McIlroy had a steady round of one under to hold on for the win, but not before an old friend and former no. 1 in the world made it interesting.
After three middling rounds, Tiger Woods made a furious charge on Sunday to shoot the lowest final round score of his career with a 62. Woods eagled the final hole to put the pressure on McIlroy as a huge roar went up at PGA National. Woods will feel good about his game heading to Doral next weekend after a round like that in the notorious wind at the Honda. It was an incredible round for Woods that has to have Tim Finchem and tour executives happy heading into the heart of the season, with the game's two superstars finishing in the top two spots on the leaderboard.
The final round of the 2012 Honda Classic is underway, with Rory McIlroy holding a two stroke lead through eight holes.
McIlroy's minus-12 is two ahead of Tom Gillis and four ahead of Tiger Woods. Rory is shooting a minus-1 on the day.
A win here would be the fifth professional victory for McIlroy, and the third for him on the PGA Tour. He has not won an event since the 2011 U.S. Open.
Woods is making his typical Sunday charge, shooting a minus-5 through twelve holes on the day. Woods is only overshadowed by Lee Westwood, who is also tied with him. Westwood has shot a minus-6 through 14 holes. Ricky Fowler is also having a good Sunday, shooting a minus-3, however is is seven strokes off the lead.
Just one day after Davis Love III shot a course record 6-under round of 64 to take the lead at the 2012 Honda Classic, Tom Gillis matched Love's 64 on Friday, and is currently tied atop the leaderboard with Justin Rose, both golfers 8-under and holding a one stroke lead over the field entering Saturday's third round of play.
Love regressed Friday, shooting 2-over in the second round, dropping into 11th place with six other golfers. Much farther down the leaderboard sits Tiger Woods, tied for 31st place with 10 other golfers at 1-under.
The third round will be televised nationally on NBC, beginning Saturday at 3:00 PM EST.
PGA National Champion Course Tee #1: Tee Times and Pairings
7:50 a.m.: Ricky Barnes
7:57 a.m.: Brendan Steele, Ryan Moore
8:06 a.m.: Rory Sabbatini, Luis Oosthuizen
8:15 a.m.: Kenny Perry, Fredrik Jacobson
8:24 a.m.: Spencer Levin, Colt Knost
8:33 a.m.: Sang-Moon Bae, Cameron Tringale
8:42 a.m.: Heath Slocum, John Mallinger
8:51 a.m.: Chris Kirk, D.A. Points
9:00 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Rickie Fowler
9:09 a.m.: J.B. Holmes, Kris Blanks
9:18 a.m.: Jhonattan Vegas, Stuart Appleby
9:27 a.m.: Mark Wilson, Michael Bradley
9:36 a.m.: Y.E. Yang, Joshon Bohn
9:45 a.m.: Gary Christian, Brendon de Jonge
9:54 a.m.: William McGirt, Seung-Yul Noh
10:03 a.m.: Rod Pampling, Michael Thompson
10:12 a.m.: Robert Garrigus, Nick O'Hern
10:21 a.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Robert Allenby
10:30 a.m.: Scott Langley, Tim Herron
10:39 a.m.: Brandt Jobe, Jason Kokrak
10:48 a.m.: Sean O'Hair, Henrik Stenson
10:57 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood
11:06 a.m.: Chris Stroud, Anthony Kim
11:15 a.m.: Charlie Wi, Troy Matteson
11:24 a.m.: Brian Davis, Martin Flores
11:33 a.m.: Padraig Harrington, Erik Compton
11:42 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, Ernie Els
11:51 a.m.: Kevin Stadler, Greg Chalmers
12:00 p.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Stewart Cink
12:10 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, John Huh
12:20 p.m.: Davis Love III, Graeme McDowell
12:30 p.m.: Ben Crane, Rocco Mediate
12:40 p.m.: Ted Potter Jr, Ken Duke
12:50 p.m.: Bob Estes, Jeff Overton
1:00 p.m.: Bradley Keegan, Charles Howell III
1:10 p.m.: Jimmy walker, Harris English
1:20 p.m.: Vaughn Taylor, Brian Harman
1:30 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Dicky Pride
1:40 p.m.: Tom Gillis, Justin Rose
Although it did not come easily, Tiger Woods was able to make the cut at the 2012 Honda Classic with a score of 68 on Day 2 and sits at one-under-par.
After shooting a plus-one 71 during Round 1, Wood was looking to get back in the hunt before the weekend's play.
Beginning on the back nine, Woods shot one-under after the first half of his round, taking advantage of pleasant morning conditions. After shooting a birdie on hole four, Woods ran into trouble on the fifth hole, hitting a ball into the water and taking a double bogey.
Now sitting at even par, Tiger was able to recover, going birdie-birdie on holes eight and nine to end his round.
Woods currently sits seven strokes behind tournament leaders Tom Gillis and Justin Rose who are tied at eight-under-par.
After a busy first round at the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach, Florida, and unlikely name sits atop the leader board. The old veteran Davis Love III shot a -6, 64 in the first round and held a two stroke lead over a large group at -4 led by Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose. Tiger Woods was not dialed in with the putter on Day 1 and needed 34 putts to shoot a +1 71, he was tied for 68th after the first round.
The second round is already underway and Love is still sitting atop the leader board, although he will not tee off for his second round until 1 pm et. Tiger teed off early this morning and is even on the round through three holes.
For the full leader board and all of the pairings for Round 2, please head over to PGATOUR.com.
At the Honda Classic, the opening round is well underway. Many golfers have already finished their round. Currently, Englishmen Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose are tied for the lead in the clubhouse with four under rounds of 66. Americans Davis Love III and Dicky Pride are currently at five under towards the end of their first rounds.
Tiger Woods, making his first appearance at this tournament since 1993, birdied the first hole and stands at -1. As of now there are currently twelve golfers that are within two strokes of the overall lead. About a quarter of the field has yet to tee off their rounds yet so those numbers will change rapidly as the round continues.
The 2012 Honda Classis is already underway at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida, with the first round leaders getting their day started a few hours ago.
Coverage of the event is pretty sparse for the the first two days, but you can catch three hours of coverage starting at 3 pm on the Golf Channel. Tiger tees off at 12:30 today so he will still be on the course when that coverage begins.
You can find the full leader board, and the tee times, here at PGA.com. But as we pointed out yesterday the big tee times feature Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. McIlroy is already on the course and is playing with Keegan Bradley, while Woods is paired with Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter.
Tiger Woods returns to the Honda Classic for the first time since 1993, headlining a very talented field.