• Simpson, Noren share Honda lead after challenging Rd. 1

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Tiger Woods had what he called ''easily'' his best round hitting the ball, and he didn't even break par at the Honda Classic.
    Alex Noren and Webb Simpson shared the lead at 4-under 66 in steady wind on a penal PGA National golf course, and felt as though they had to work hard for it. Both dropped only one shot Thursday, which might have been as great an accomplishment as any of their birdies.
    ''When you stand on certain tee boxes or certain approac
  • Players battle 'crusty' greens on Day 1 at Honda

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods called the greens “scratchy” on PGA National’s Champion Course.
    Rory McIlroy said there is “not a lot of grass on them.”
    Morgan Hoffmann said they are “pretty dicey in spots, like a lot of dirt.”
    The first round of the Honda Classic left players talking almost as much about the challenge of navigating the greens as they did the challenge of Florida’s blustery, winter winds.
    “They looked more like
  • McIlroy, Scott have forgettable finish at Honda

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Rory McIlroy and the rest of his group had a forgettable end to their rounds Thursday at the Honda Classic.
    McIlroy was even par for the day and looking for one final birdie to end his opening round. Only two players had reached the par-5 finishing hole, but McIlroy tried to hold a 3-wood up against the wind from 268 yards away. It found the water, leading to a double bogey and a round of 2-over 72.  
    “It was the right shot,” McIlroy said. &ldquo
  • Thomas' game on track for Masters

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas likes where his game is trending.
    He said that on the eve of the Honda Classic.
    With the Masters just six weeks away, that’s where trends are aimed as the Florida swing makes its start.
    Thomas made another encouraging move Thursday to get his game ready for a chance at winning back-to-back major championships.
    A 3-under-par 67 moved him a shot off the lead in the first round at PGA National’s Champion Course.
    Thomas, who won five times
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  • Players honor victims of Parkland school shooting

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – PGA Tour players are honoring the victims in the Parkland school shooting by wearing ribbons on their hats and shirts.
    Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is located about 45 miles from PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic.
    “It’s awful what happened, and anytime the Tour can support in any way a tragedy, we’re always going to be for it,” Justin Thomas said. “Anytime there’s a ribbon on the tees for whatever i
  • Woods (70) better in every way on Day 1 at Honda

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Consider it a sign of the times that Tiger Woods was ecstatic about an even-par score Thursday at the Honda Classic.
    It was by far his most impressive round in this nascent comeback.
    Playing in a steady 20-mph wind, Woods was better in all facets of the game Thursday at PGA National. Better off the tee. Better with his irons. And better on and around the “scratchy” greens.
    He hung tough to shoot 70 – four shots better than his playing partner,
  • Hoffmann's goal: Use golf to cure muscular dystrophy

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Morgan Hoffmann sees more opportunities on a leaderboard than ever before.
    His run into early contention at the Honda Classic Thursday gives him more than a chance to win a trophy and a big check.
    He sees it as a chance to change more than his life.
    Hoffmann has muscular dystrophy.
    He shared that news with the world at the end of last year in a heart-rendering fashion.
    “Today I know that am so damn lucky,” he wrote about his opportunities as a PGA Tou
  • TT postscript: Tiger (E) survives difficult day

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Here are some observations after watching Tiger Woods’ even-par 70 in the first round of the Honda Classic:
    • Whew, that was tough. Like, by far the most difficult conditions Woods has faced this year. The wind blew about 20 mph all day, from different directions, and that affected every part of the game, especially putting.
    • And though the stats aren’t necessarily pretty – half the fairways hit, just 10 greens – this
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  • Tiger's checklist: How he can contend at Augusta

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Augusta is already on the minds of most players here at the Honda Classic, and that includes the only one in the field with four green jackets.
    Yes, Tiger Woods has been talking about the Masters ever since he started this latest comeback at Torrey Pines. These three months are all about trying to build momentum for the year’s first major.
    Woods hasn’t revealed his schedule past this week, but his options are limited. He’s a good bet to play at
  • Players winner to get 3-year exemption into PGA

    Although The Players isn’t golf’s fifth major, it received a boost in that direction this week.
    The PGA of America has adjusted its criteria for eligibility into the PGA Championship, extending an exemption for the winner of The Players to three years.
    According to an official with the PGA of America, the association felt the winner of The Players deserved more than a single-year exemption, which had been the case, and the move is consistent with how the PGA Tour’s annual flags
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  • Thomas: Playing in front of Tiger even more chaotic

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas may be going from the frying pan to the fire of Tiger Woods’ pairings.
    Translation: He’s going from being grouped with Woods last week in the first two rounds at the Genesis Open to being grouped directly in front of Woods this week at the Honda Classic.
    “Which might be even worse than playing with him,” Thomas said Wednesday.
    Typically, the pairing in front of Woods deals with a lot of gallery movement, with fans racing ahea
  • Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.
    McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.
    “Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”
    The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in
  • Woods happy to help Furyk at Ryder Cup

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods didn't hesitate when Jim Furyk asked him to become a vice captain at the upcoming Ryder Cup.
    Woods said Wednesday that Furyk asked he and Steve Stricker “a while ago” whether they were interested in being assistants in Paris as the Americans try to win a Ryder Cup on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.
    “He’s one of my best friends,” Woods said of Furyk, “and whatever he wants, whatever he needs, I’m
  • Woods to hit '4 or 5' drivers each day at Honda

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Those hoping Tiger Woods will wield the driver early and often this week at PGA National likely will be disappointed.
    Depending on wind direction, he said he will only hit “four or five” drivers each round.
    During Wednesday’s pro-am, Woods hit driver on six holes. He found two fairways with the big stick and found the right rough four times, though a few of those misses were only a few yards off the fairway.
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  • TT postscript: One birdie in casual pro-am round

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Here are a few observations after watching Tiger Woods’ pro-am round Wednesday at the Honda Classic:
    • As expected, the stress level was minimal at PGA National. He had a short warmup (considering it was still freakin’ dark when he was about to tee it up, at 6:45 a.m.) and generally took little time contemplating shots, except for a few clubs off the tee.
    • Tiger spent a lot of time chipping, pitching and putting after completing
  • Nicklaus eager to help USGA rein in golf ball distance

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jack Nicklaus heard words that warmed his heart over dinner Sunday with USGA executive director Mike Davis.
    He said Davis pledged to address the distance the golf ball is flying and the problems Nicklaus believes the distance explosion is creating in the game.
    “I'm happy to help you,” Nicklaus told Davis. “I've only been yelling at you for 40 years.”
    Nicklaus said he first confronted the USGA in 1977 over ball and distance issues.
    In a me
  • Sergio can now 'relax and trust it' after Masters win

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Sergio Garcia says he didn’t let down his guard after winning the Masters and coast through the rest of the PGA Tour season.
    If anything, he says, he burned more to win after claiming his first major championship title last spring.
    “I was hungry or hungrier than I was before,” Garcia said while preparing for his first PGA Tour start of 2018 at the Honda Classic. “It doesn't change ... After the Masters, from The Players until probably the
  • For better or worse, golf attracting the mainstream crowd

    A split second after Bubba Watson launched his tee shot at the par-4 10th hole on Sunday at Riviera Country Club the relative calm was shattered by one overly enthusiastic, and probably over-served, fan.
    “Boom goes the dynamite!” the fan yelled.
    Watson ignored the attention seeker, adhering to the notion it’s best not to make eye contact. But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to turn a deaf ear.
    The last few weeks on the PGA Tour have been particularly raucous, first w
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    The plant was built in 1915 for manufacturing automobiles, and was converted to make ballistics during WWII. Currently, it makes some of the finest golf balls in the industry.
    Eventually, those balls will be put into play by both professionals and amateurs. But the jou
  • Power Rankings: 2018 Honda Classic

    The PGA Tour heads east to Florida this week for the Honda Classic. A field of 144 players will tackle the Champion Course at PGA National, including the infamous three-hole stretch dubbed the "Bear Trap."
    Be sure to join the all-new Golf Channel Fantasy Challenge - including a new One & Done game offering - to compete for prizes and form your own leagues, and log on to www.playfantasygolf.com to submit your picks for this week's event.
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  • Hot Seat: Honda fans bring noise and heat

    The Bear Trap awaits in South Florida.
    With hot, sunny days forecast for all four rounds of the Honda Classic, the mercury’s rising, especially at the 17th hole, where the revelry at the Goslings Bear Trap party pavilion could turn the tee box into a sweat box.
    It may be even steamier for women playing the Honda LPGA Thailand, with temperatures forecast in the 90s for the weekend.
    Here’s our special heat index gauging the toastiest seats in golf this week:
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  • Copycat: Honda's 17th teeters on edge of good taste

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Honda Classic won’t pack as many fans around its party hole this week as the Phoenix Open does, but there is something more intensely intimate about PGA National’s stadium setup.
    Players feel like the spectators in the bleachers at the tee box at Honda’s 17th hole are right on top of them.
    “If the wind’s wrong at the 17th tee, you can get a vodka cranberry splashed on you,” Graeme McDowell cracked. “They are that clos
  • Door officially open for Woods to be playing vice captain

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Thirteen months ago, when Jim Furyk was named the 2018 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, one of the biggest questions was what would happen if Furyk were to play his way onto his own team.
    It wasn’t that unrealistic. 
    At the time, Furyk was 46 and coming off a season in which he tied for second at the U.S. Open and shot 58 in a PGA Tour event. If anything, accepting the Ryder Cup captaincy seemed premature.
    And now?
    Now, he’s slowly recovering from should
  • Furyk tabs Woods, Stricker as Ryder Cup vice captains

    U.S. Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk has added Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker to his stable of vice captains to aid in his quest to win on foreign soil for the first time in 25 years.
    Furyk made the announcement Tuesday in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., site of this week's Honda Classic. He had previously named Davis Love III as his first vice captain, with a fourth expected to be named before the biennial matches kick off in France this September.
    The addition of Woods and Stricker means that the team
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    Making a 120-foot putt in front of a crowd of screaming people would be an award in and of itself for most golfers out there, but one lucky Minnesota man recently got a little something extra for his effort.
    The Minnesota Golf Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center has held a $100,000 putting contest for 28 years, and on Sunday, Paul Shadle, a 49-year-old pilot from Rosemount, Minnesota, became the first person ever to sink the putt, winning a pontoon boat valued at $
  • Tiger draws Sneds, Kizzire at Honda Classic

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods will play alongside Patton Kizzire and Brandt Snedeker for the first two rounds of the Honda Classic.
    The threesome will tee off at 7:45 a.m. ET Thursday off PGA National’s 10th tee, then 12:35 p.m. off the first tee in the second round Friday.
    Woods is making his first start at the Honda, his hometown event, since 2014. He tied for second here in 2012, after a final-round 62.
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    Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.RISING
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    Phil (+5%): For the first time in 11 years, Mickelson put together three consecutive top-6 finishes on Tour. Suddenly, another green jack
  • USGA, R&A detail World Handicap System

    The USGA and the R&A released details Tuesday of a proposed new World Handicap System.
    The WHS takes the six handicapping systems that exist worldwide and aligns them under a new single system.
    The USGA and the R&A will govern the WHS with the six existing handicap authorities administering them locally. A two-year transition will begin to fully implement the new system in 2020.
    The unified alignment is designed to make it easier to obtain and maintain a handicap and to make the handicap
  • Honda Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

    The PGA Tour heads back east to kick off the Florida Swing at PGA National. Here are the key stats and information for the Honda Classic. Click here for full-field tee times.
    How to watch:
    Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
    Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2-6PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream
    Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: http://www.golfchannel.c
  • Randall's Rant: Tiger no longer one with the chaos

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    Like Kelly Slater surfing epic peaks at Banzai Pipeline ...
    Like Chris Sharma dangling atop all the hazards on the cliff face of “The Impossible Climb” at Clark Mountain ...
    Hell, like Chuck Yeager ahead of the sonic boom he created breaking the sound barrier in a Bell X-1 over the Mojave Desert in 1947.
    It was difficult to tell whether Wood
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    Driver: Ping G400 LST (7.6 degrees), with Grafalloy Bi-Matrix Prototype X shaft
    Hybrid: Ping G (19 degrees), with Matrix Altus Hybrid X shaft
    Irons: Ping iBlade (2), Ping S55 (4-PW), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
    Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (52 degrees, 56 degrees, 62 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
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  • Rosaforte Report: Parkland tragedy weighs heavily on golf teams

    Amanda Okulanis was on the Sawgrass side of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School campus on Thursday, away from the 1200 building that largely housed ninth-graders and where most of her 17 classmates were killed in a mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.
    For Okulanis, who could hear the shots while evacuating, the survivor’s remorse has already kicked in.
    “It could have been anyone of us,” said Okulanis, the captain and No. 1 player on the Stoneman Douglas girls’ golf team.
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    Bubba Watson reemerges, Tiger Woods misses the cut, the PGA Tour might have a fan problem, Billy Hurley III loses an election and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble:Bubba Golf is back, and not a moment too soon for the PGA Tour.
    Love him or loathe him – and there are plenty of folks on both side of the aisle – the game is more interesting when Watson is in the mix.
    Bubba went AWOL for two years, and entering the back half of his 30s, he thought his golf ca
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    Bubba Watson was an assistant on the 2016 Ryder Cup team. He doesn’t want to be driving a cart in Paris.
    Watson, thanks to his victory in the Genesis Open, jumped from 60th to 10th in the latest U.S. Ryder Cup standings. The top eight after the PGA Championship qualify automatically for this year’s edition at Le Golf National in France.
    Phil Mickelson moved up one spot to 11th after tying for sixth at Riviera Country Club.
    Players will receive one point per dollar earned in regular e
  • Watson back in top 40 after OWGR free fall

    Bubba Watson ended his free fall in the Official World Golf Ranking with a two-shot victory Sunday at the Genesis Open.
    Watson, a fixture in the top 10 in the world as recently as 13 months ago, had dropped all the way to 117th after a 2017 season in which he struggled with poor form, illness and desire.
    After his third career win at Riviera, he is up to 40th.
    Kevin Na rose from 95th to 65th after tying for second in Los Angeles, while Tony Finau jumped from 41st to 33rd.
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  • Genesis Open purse payout: Bubba makes bank

    Bubba Watson won the Genesis Open for a third time on Sunday, moving his career PGA Tour win total to 10. Here's a look at how the purse paid out at Riviera Country Club.
    1
    Bubba Watson
    -12
    $1,296,000
    T2
    Kevin Na
    -10
    $633,600
    T2
    Tony Finau
    -10
    $633,600
    T4
    Scott Stallings
    -9
    $316,800
    T4
    Patrick Cantlay
    -9
    $316,800
    T6
    Adam Hadwin
    -8
    $241,200
    T6
    Phil Mickelson
    -8
    $241,200
    T6
    Cameron Smith
    -8
    $241,200
    T9
    Jordan Spieth
    -7
    $180,000
    T9
    Martin Laird
    -7
    $180,000
    T9
    Xander Schauffele
    -7
    $180,000
    T9
    Ryan M
  • Rory encouraged by T-20: 'Didn’t quite reflect how I played'

    LOS ANGELES – Rory McIlroy sees plenty of reasons to smile despite the fact that the first half of his 2018 Masters prep has officially wrapped without lifting a trophy.
    After an injury-plagued campaign last year, McIlroy set out an ambitious schedule that called for eight worldwide starts before heading down Magnolia Lane. He started off with a pair of near-misses in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, then followed last week’s missed cut at Pebble Beach with a T-20 finish at the Genesis Open.
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  • Nature calls: Hole-out rescues Bubba's bladder

    LOS ANGELES – Clinging to a one-stroke lead, Bubba Watson had just teed off on the 14th hole at Riviera Country Club and was searching for a bathroom.
    “I asked Cameron [Smith], ‘where's the bathroom?’ He said, ‘On the next tee there's one. Give yourself a couple more shots, then you can go to the bathroom,’” Watson recalled. “I said, ‘So now I'm just going to hole it and go to the bathroom.’”
    By the time Watson got to his shot, wh
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    LOS ANGELES – Bubba’s back.
    It’s been just two years since he hoisted a trophy on the PGA Tour, but with a mind that moves as fast as Bubba Watson’s, it must have felt like an eternity.
    Since his last victory, which was also a shootout at Riviera Country Club in 2016, Watson was passed over for a captain’s pick at the 2016 Ryder Cup, endured a mystery illness, lost his confidence, his desire and the better part of 40 pounds.
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