PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Weather continued to be the main story Friday at the Honda Classic, where play was delayed for nearly four hours. Here’s how things stand after two days at PGA National, with second-round play halted a third time because of darkness:
Leaderboard: Brendan Steele (-8 through four holes), Patrick Reed (-6), Jim Herman (-5 through three holes), Luke Donald (-4), Padraig Harrington (-4 through six holes), Ian Poulter (-4 through eight holes), Russell Knox (-3)
What it means: Play was halted for much of the morning because of heavy rains and lightning, and most of the afternoon wave was barely able to begin their second rounds before darkness fell. Steele made the most of his time, though, making birdies on each of the four holes he faced to take a two-shot lead.
Round of the day: Brooks Koepka appeared headed for a missed cut after an opening 78, but the local product improved by 14 shots Friday, carding a 6-under 64 to likely make the cut. Koepka had eight birdies against two bogeys, including six birdies across his final 11 holes.
Best of the rest: Reed set the early pace with a second consecutive 67, briefly taking the lead despite playing the more difficult late/early draw. Reed made a double bogey on No. 11, his second hole of the day, but rebounded with five birdies across his next 12 holes.
Biggest disappointment: Rory McIlroy was a winner here in 2012 and a runner-up last year, but the Ulsterman will likely miss the cut after rounds of 73 and 74. McIlroy limped home, with three bogeys across his final four holes and didn’t make a putt over six feet during the second round.
Main storyline heading into Saturday: Saturday will be a long day for many players in the field, including Steele and Herman who could play more than 30 holes, weather permitting. With the forecast again calling for rain, it remains to be seen if the tournament can get back on schedule heading into Sunday.
Shot of the day: Poulter holed a wedge from 116 yards for eagle on the fourth hole, propelling the Englishman to a hot start in his second round. He played eight holes in 5 under.
Quote of the day: “I’m pissed off.” – McIlroy