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Honda Classic 2012 Results: Tiger Woods Makes Furious Charge But Rory McIlroy Holds On For Win

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.

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