PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Honda Classic first round leader Jim Herman’s dream of making the PGA Tour looked to be fading when he was working as an assistant professional at the Trump National course in New Jersey.
Trying and failing to qualify for the highly competitive U.S. circuit at the second stage of qualifying school in Tampa proved to be demoralizing for the Cincinnati-born Herman, who eventually threw in the towel.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and Thursday’s opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different.
The Northern Irishman won at PGA National in 2012 with a victory that sent him to the world number one spot for the first time in his career and signaled his arrival as one of the sport’s true stars.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida, Feb 26 (Reuters) – American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on Thursday.
Northern Irishman McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, recovered from an erratic first 14 holes as he finished birdie-birdie for a three-over 73.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – American journeyman Jim Herman grabbed the early clubhouse lead at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 in the opening round at blustery PGA National on Thursday.
World number one Rory McIlroy, looking to make a winning start to his build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, was four-over par through five holes after a rough start that included a pair of double-bogeys.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – The PGA Tour’s ‘Florida Swing,’ golf’s unofficial start of the road to the Masters, begins on Thursday with world number one Rory McIlroy heading a strong field in the Honda Classic at PGA National.
In what promises to be a fascinating start to the build-up to the April 9-12 Masters, McIlroy, who first reached the top of the world rankings with a victory in this event in 2012, will head a field consisting of 16 of the world’s top 25 players.
PALM BEACH GARDENS (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy begins the countdown to his ‘career grand slam’ bid at the Masters in this week’s Honda Classic and says he feels entirely comfortable being the face of the sport.
The decline of Tiger Woods, who is on a break from the game after his form and injury problems, only heightens the attention on the Northern Irishman who has three events before he tees up at Augusta looking to win all four majors by the age of 25.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Phil Mickelson, whose outspoken criticism of Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup captaincy made headlines last year, gave his support to the appointment of Davis Love III as his successor on Tuesday.
Mickelson was part of an 11-member task force set up by the PGA of America to find a new captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine and review the team’s strategy following last year’s loss to Europe at Gleneagles in Scotland.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Newly appointed United States Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said on Tuesday he has learned from his mistakes in defeat and will take extensive advice before the 2016 clash with Europe.
Love was captain in 2012 when the United States were on the wrong end of one of the greatest comebacks in the tournament’s 80-plus-year history that was dubbed the “Miracle at Medinah.”
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Former PGA Championship winner Davis Love III will captain the United States in the 2016 Ryder Cup match against holders Europe at Hazeltine in Minnesota, the PGA of America said on Tuesday.
It will be the second time Love, 50, has led the team in the biennial event as he guided the U.S. team to a 10-6 lead heading into the final day in 2012 but lost by 14-1/2 points to 13-1/2 in what is known to European fans as the “Miracle of Medinah.”
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) – Golfers prepare for competition in many different ways and for American Russell Henley, defending champion at this week’s Honda Classic, playing guitar is his preferred technique.
The 25-year-old Georgian joined rock band O.A.R. on stage last Saturday at Riviera Country Club after firing a two-under 69 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open.