Shane Lowry hoping for better performance at Honda Classic

Hope Soto
February 25, 2018

Thick rough and an ever-present wind also provide a challenge for players at the Champion Course. Even though it's played a half hour from Woods' compound in Hobe Sound, the Honda wasn't thought to be an ideal tune-up for Woods' rebuilt game. He's now T-56 at 2 over while defending champion Rickie Fowler shot 1 over. Not everyone can hole a bunker shot on the final hole at No. 9 for a 67. He hit into the water and made double bogey for a 72.

Playing in consistent winds of 15-20 miles per hour, Noren began his round on the back nine. "Usually feel pretty comfortable here", he said past year. "It's so tough in the wind, you have to hit the ball so well to hit your targets". I feel like I've seen enough good things in my game over the past few weeks to know that it's not far away.

"I felt very comfortable today", Woods said. The 42-year-old can now be backed at a best-priced 80/1 to go on and bag his long-awaited first PGA Tour title since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Simpson turned in an equally impressive round during the afternoon wave. "It didn't feel scripted, it felt like it really came from him being honest and saying, 'I'm really sorry that you're going through this, ' and it made me feel awesome!"

The best of his iron play came on the toughest hole on the course, the 17th.

Thomas is fourth in the world rankings.

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At PGA National, Glover took fourth place in 2013 and opened 68-69-68 previous year before ending in a tie for 21st. Playing in the group ahead of Woods, Thomas reached 4-under before a bogey on No. 6.

Scott squandered a solid chance to make a run at Noren and Simpson, having rediscovered some of his ball-striking brilliance, hitting nine fairways from 14 and 13 greens in regulation.

The Honda Classic is a full-field PGA Tour event, with a cut after 36 holes. He missed all of 2016 with back trouble and a comeback bid in 2017 was thwarted by further back pain that led to spinal fusion surgery last April.

"I'm just learning how to play tournament golf again, and unfortunately I've made some mistakes, and that's just part of it", he said. By 9am on Thursday, Woods sat atop a leaderboard for the first time since a brief but identical position at the Wyndham Championship of 2015. Kizzire covered the 505 yards in three shots, an outstanding bogey considering the two-shot penalty.

The 14-time Major victor shot an even-par opening-round score of 70 at the PGA National to put himself in a solid position ahead of the weekend, and described playing the 18 holes as "like playing a British Open". He had a short 3rd shot to the green but pulled it left in the bunker.

Woods rebounded with a birdie on the following hole and closed out his round with five consecutive pars.

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