Qualifier Jim Herman leads the Honda Classic on a windy day at PGA National.
Jim shot an opening -5 under par 65 at the Honda Classic to lead the tournament by one shot at a windy PGA National.
“I don’t mind it blowing, I feel like I can control the golf ball pretty well with my iron game. So yeah, it was OK that the wind was blowing.”
“It was a little unexpected to get to five under, I was trying to keep it around par.”
“It’s nice playing out here, I definitely enjoy it more than the golf shop.”
Brendon Steele is in second place at -4 under par after his first round 66, with three players tied in the third spot at -3 under par; Padraig Harrington, Martin Flores and Patrick Reed all battled the wind.
Patrick mentioned the stiff breeze;
“I don’t think I’ve played in that much wind in a long time.”
“When I hit 6‑iron normally 200 yards, I’m pulling 6‑iron from 170, it’s tough.”
“The main thing was just to stay in my golf swing and just be comfortable and try to be confident that that’s the club to hit from those distances.”
“You could play it to the fat part of greens, but even when you hit it to 7-8 feet you had to see which way the wind was going, even on putts.”
“Just makes it a little more difficult, and to be able to finish strong like I did, especially after struggling on the back nine to birdie two of the last three, gives me good confidence going into Friday.”
Padraig spoke about momentum during his -3 under par 67;
“On a windy day, momentum is bigger than any other day.”
“I came out starting the year with really high expectations, and I fell right back into struggling.”
“I was confident in doing the right things. I just really, really struggled.”
“When I wasn’t playing great, I kept walking off the golf course feeling like I played 70 shots and signed for 73 shots.”
“Today, I feel like I played in 70 but signed for 67, so that’s a nice place to be.”
Starting his 2015 U.S. campaign with difficulty, World number one Rory McIlroy struggled to sign for a +3 over par 73, he also mentioned the windy conditions;
“The conditions were obviously very tricky from the start. You know, from the first hole, it was always going to be a day like that.”
“At least the wind started to die down for us the last few holes”
“I feel like I salvaged something out of the round the last couple of holes, but it was just a day to keep trying, not to give up.”
“I’m coming off a three-week break, so these were tough conditions to come back in. Guys were all struggling. It was a grind out there.”
“Today wasn’t what I wanted to start with, but if I can get it into red numbers tomorrow I’m right back in the tournament. I looked at the forecast for Friday morning, and it looks nice. Hopefully the conditions will be a little easier.”