PGA National Golf Club, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Rory McIlory, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were playing in the same tournament for the first time this PGA Tour season. Two of the three biggest names in golf made news this week at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Phil Mickelson missed the cut with rounds of 70 and 71 on Thursday and Friday.
Tiger Woods made news by barely making the cut, then firing his season best round of 65 in round three to bring himself slightly into contention. Woods ended up withdrawing from the final round with five holes remaining citing back spasms.
Rory McIlory came into the final round with a two shot lead. But the former number one player in the world struggled Sunday, giving up that lead. Coming into the par-5 finishing hole, McIlory hit the green with his second shot. Down by one, his 20 foot eagle putt would have clinched the victory. Instead McIlory missed low. His birdie put him into a four man playoff with Ryan Palmer, Russell Knox, and Russell Henley.
Russell Henley was the only player to make birdie on the first playoff hole, putting him into the win column for 2014. The 2014 Honda Classic marks the 2nd win on the PGA Tour for Henley.
HSBC Women’s Champions
Sentosa Golf Club (Serapong Course)
Exciting finish on the LPGA Tour this weekend. At the end of regulation play, two players stood tied at the top of the leaderboard at -10, Paula Creamer and Azahara Munoz.
The first playoff hole, just like the PGA Tour’s above, was a par-5. Both players made par. The second playoff hole was once again the par-5 18th . Munoz made birdie. Creamer was on in two, but had a massive 75 foot putt over a large ridge with a huge elevation change. It would certainly take great skill to play the eagle putt correctly to leave an easy birdie putt.
Creamer did not two-putt and tie Munoz’s birdie. Rather, she drained the 75 foot eagle putt for her first win on the LPGA Tour since she won the 2010 Women’s U.S. Open.