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McIlroy Wins Honda Classic & is World #1

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Sunday at PGA National

Rory McIlroy, Of Northern Ireland, ReactsAP

Rory McIlroy won The Honda Classic, and with it the World Golf Ranking of #1. Rory had a last round of 69 for a tournament total of -12 under par, two shots clear of the field. Tiger Woods finished joint second after a marvelous round of -8 under par, and a total of -10 at the end. He shared second place with the ever present and consistent Tom Gillis, who made a mockery of his lowly world ranking with four rounds in the sixty’s in this tournament. Justin Rose sadly could not improve on his overnight score, finishing with a level round of 70 and a -7 total. Ricky Fowler also had a good last round, with a 66, to finish tied 7th, looks like he may be getting used to those new Cobra clubs of his.

Tiger Woods eagled the 18th, which sent a massive roar around the golf course, Rory heard it all the way back on the 13th green, just as he was about to put for a birdie, he said;

“I could hear the huge roar, and it definitely wasn’t a birdie roar.I was able to hole that putt, which was very important. I knew if I could just play the last five holes at even par, it was going to be good enough. Great to get the job done, and very happy to come out on top.”

“It was tough today, especially seeing Tiger make a charge, I knew par golf would probably be good enough. To shoot 1 under in these conditions, when you go into the round with the lead, is very nice. And I was just able to get the job done.”

On becoming World #1 Rory enthused;

“It was always a dream of mine to become the world No. 1 and the best player in the world or whatever you want to call it. But I didn’t know that I would be able to get here this quickly. Hopefully, I can hold onto it for a little longer.”

 

Justin Rose & Tom Gillis lead @ Honda Classic

Justin Rose and Tom Gillis lead at the Honda Classic after the second round with a tournament total of -8 under par. Rory McIlroy is just one shot back after a second round 67 which keeps him very much in touch at -7. Round of the day went to rookie Brian Harman who shot a course record 61, and -9 under par, elevating him to tied 4th for the tournament at -6. He said of his exceptional round;

“Just one of those crazy days where everything comes together. Got off to a really hot start and just kept the pedal down all day. It was awesome.”

Justin was philosophical about dropping two shots coming in;

“You can’t play 36 holes around here and expect to come away without any bruises at all,”

McIlroy, who needs to win The Honda Classic to replace Luke Donald at the top the world rankings said;

“Still a lot of golf left, 36 holes, I just need to keep doing the same things, try to drive the ball in the fairway and give myself loads of opportunities, and try and take a few. Because you don’t need to make tons of birdies out here. I had a few chances early on and didn’t take them. Kept making pars and making pars, and broke that run with a bogey on 13 which was frustrating. But to bounce back from that and birdie three of the last five holes was nice, and puts me in great position going into the weekend.”

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Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood are still hovering around mid table, tied for 31st at -1 under par, which is not a good score given the soft and benign conditions. This year is the easiest this PGA National Champion Course has played for this tournament, last year the cut was at +6 compared with +1 this year.

Tiger closed with two birdies, and was watched playing in a tournament for the first time by his three year old son, Charlie.

“It was nice to get that kind of finish because I was struggling today a little bit, trying to find a motion that was going to get the job done. Somehow, I managed to score.”

 

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