US Open local qualifying results

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 21, 2010, 7:10 pm
2010 U.S. OpenThe 110th U.S. Open takes place at Pebble Beach Golf Links June 17-20 in Pebble Beach, Calif. Lucas Glover defends the 2009 title he captured at the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.

Below are the local qualifying results. Local qualifiers move on to sectional qualifying May 24 (Japan and England) or June 7 (U.S.).

A = Alternate (a) = Amateur


05/19/10
City Of Industry, Calif. - Industry Hills Golf Club


Daniel Im - La Mirada, Calif.    69
Mark Anguiano(A) - Whittier, Calif.    70
John Young Kim(A) - Los Alamitos, Calif.    70
Garrett Sapp - Cerritos, Calif.    70
Mark Warman - San Clemente, Calif.    70
Arnold Yoon(A) - Buena Park, Calif.    70
A - John Lee(A) - Los Alamitos, Calif.    71
A - Michael Miles - Huntington Beach, Calif.    71
    
05/19/10
Hollidaysburg, Pa. - Scotch Valley Country Club


Mark Leon - Canada    71
A - Mitchell Mercer(A) - Wexford, Pa.    71
A - Brian Belden(A) - Emmaus, Pa.    72
    
05/19/10
Maricopa, Ariz. - Southern Dunes Golf Club


Brett Swedberg - Alexandria, Minn.    66
Ben Kern - Tucson, Ariz.    67
Kent Eger - Canada    68
Brian Kontak - Phoenix, Ariz.    68
Dean Vomacka - Oro Valley, Ariz.    69
A - Jake Younan-Wise - Australia    69
A - Donnie Baucom - Sacramento, Calif.    70
    
05/19/10
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - Ballenisles Country Club (East Course)


Alfredo Adrian - Venezuela    69
Erik Compton - Coral Gables, Fla.    69
Chris Deaner - Jupiter, Fla.    69
Ryan Lefevre(A) - Boca Raton, Fla.    69
Sunny Kim - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    70
A - David Ladd - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    70
A - Jason Burstyn(A) - Miami, Fla.    70

05/19/10
Sag Harbor, N.Y. - Noyac Golf Club


Paul Dickinson - Montauk, N.Y.    67
Rick Hartmann - Sag Harbor, N.Y.    68
Mike Meehan - Locust Valley, N.Y.    70
Adam Fuchs - Plainview, N.Y.    71
Jamie Miller - Silver Creek, N.Y.    71
Jack Druga - Southampton, N.Y.    72
James Hazen - Miller Place, N.Y.    72
Joseph Horowitz - Long Beach, N.Y.    72
A - Scott Osler(A) - Cutchogue, N.Y.    72
A - Garett Engel - East Rockaway, N.Y.    73

05/19/10
Wallace, N.C. - River Landing (River Course)


Ryan Armour - Silver Lake, Ohio    65
Brett Lederer - Long Beach, Calif.    66
Jason Moon - Australia    66
Bobby Clampett - Carmel, Calif.    67
Dustin Groves - Keswick, Va.    67
A - Mccuen Elmore(A) - Cheraw, S.C.    67
A - Julien Trudeau - Canada    68

05/18/10
Beallsville, Md. - Members Club At Four Streams


Jeremy Wells(A) - Prince George, Va.    68
Jason Toryk - Winchester, Va.    69
Stephen Gangluff - Marysville, Ohio    70
Scott Shingler(A) - Haymarket, Va.    70
Nick Macdonald - Zimbabwe    71
Bud Lintelman - Purcellville, Va.    72
Cole Willcox(A) - Berwyn, Pa.    72
Chris Mccartin - Arlington, Va.    73
Chip Sullivan - Troutville, Va.    73
A - Daryl Chappell - Dinwiddie, Va.    73
A - Chad Wilfong - Charlotte, N.C.    73

05/18/10
Brooksville, Fla. - Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club


Ty Tryon - Orlando, Fla.    67
Lee Williamson - Winter Garden, Fla.    68
Sam Osborne - England    69
A - Sam Chun(A) - Korea    69
A - Peter Laws - Canada    70

05/18/10
Farmingdale, N.J. - Eagle Oaks Golf Club

Mark Mccormick - Middletown, N.J.    70
Keith Grassing - Clemson, S.C.    71
Tom Kalinowski - Scottsdale, Ariz.    72
Cameron Wilson(A) - Rowayton, Conn.    72
Lee Harper - Scotland    73
Michael Laudien - Stony Point, N.Y.    73
A - Mark Schaare - Toms River, N.J.    73
A - Andrew Svoboda - Larchmont, N.Y.    73

05/18/10
Henderson, Nev. - Dragonridge Country Club


Jake Ellison - Las Vegas, Nev.    70
Joel Kijowski - Las Vegas, Nev.    70
Cole Nondorf - Las Vegas, Nev.    70
Michael Ruiz - Las Vegas, Nev.    71
Brian Thompson - Pebble Beach, Calif.    71
Travis Long - Henderson, Nev.    72
A - Kevin Marsh(A) - Henderson, Nev.    73
A - Justin Howell(A) - Cheyenne, Wyo.    73

05/18/10
Kinderhook, N.Y. - Old Kinderhook Golf Club

Scott Berliner - Albany, N.Y.    71
Tye Grissom - Vidor, Texas    72
Chris Dejohn(A) - Rocky Hill, Conn.    73
A - Matt Donovan - Pittsfield, Mass.    73
A - Trevor Jaycox - Schoharie, N.Y.    74

05/18/10
Lake Powell, Fla. - Sharks Tooth Golf Clu
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Payton Osborn - Birmingham, Ala.    67
Richard Maddox(A) - Panama City, Fla.    69
Len Mattiace - Jacksonville, Fla.    70
Hudson Swafford(A) - Tallahassee, Fla.    71
A - Michael Smith - Lafayette, La.    71
A - Jacob Collinsworth - Fairhope, Ala.    71

05/18/10
Mequon, Wis. - Ozaukee Country Club

Matt Vandelac - W St Paul, Minn.    68
Patrick Duffy - Appleton, Wis.    70
Ryan Helminen - Appleton, Wis.    71
Andrew Stein - Wauwatosa, Wis.    71
Mark Voeller - Whitewater, Wis.    71
A - Nickolas Kwaterski - Sister Bay, Wis.    72
A - Dustin Schwab - Lodi, Wis.    73

05/18/10
Overland Park, Kan. - Nicklaus Golf Club Lionsgate

Rhein Gibson - Australia    69
Alex Hogben(A) - England    69
Drew Lethem - Overland Park, Kan.    69
A J Elgert - Lincoln, Neb.    70
Tyler Shelton(A) - Fairway, Kan.    70
A - Nathan Hughes(A) - Bartlesville, Okla.    70
A - Rich Morris - Fayetteville, Ark.    70

05/18/10
Washington (Mi), Mich. - The Orchards Golf Club

Eric Wohlfield - Brighton, Mich.    70
Jeff Champine(A) - Rochester Hills, Mich.    72
Chad Horner - Essexville, Mich.    72
Michael Ignasiak(A) - Saline, Mich.    73
Todd Covert(A) - Commerce, Mich.    74
A - Nick Williams(A) - Farmington Hills, Mich.    74
A - Eric Dovre - Holly, Mich.    74

05/18/10
Westlake Village, Calif. - North Ranch Country Club

Robin Freeman - La Quinta, Calif.    69
John Kollus(A) - San Diego, Calif.    69
Michael Mccabe - Thousand Oaks, Calif.    71
Glen Scher(A) - Agoura Hills, Calif.    71
Taylor Haden(A) - Manhattan Beach, Calif.    72
Daniel Wax - Pacific Palisades, Calif.    72
A - Adam Fox - Simi Valley, Calif.    72
A - Roger Gunn - Oak Park, Calif.    73

05/18/10
Williamsport, Pa. - Williamsport Country Club


Rick Piger Iii - Orefield, Pa.    71
Marc Mazza - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    72
A - John Pillar - Hawley, Pa.    73
A - Matthew Baker - Venice, Fla.    73

05/17/10
Alpine, N.J. - Montammy Golf Club


Alexandre Rocha - Brazil    70
Martin Catalioto - Hilton Head, S.C.    71
Andrew Giuliani - New York, N.Y.    71
Scott Ford - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.    72
Chris Piumelli(A) - Mountain Lake, N.J.    72
David Schuster - New York, N.Y.    72
A - Eugene Smith - Glen Ridge, N.J.    73
A - Kevin Foley(A) - Somerville, N.J.    73

05/17/10
Austin, Texas - Austin Country Club


Payne Gniewek(A) - Trenton, Mich.    69
Jarrod Lyle - Australia    69
Kyle Maze - Austin, Texas    70
Julio Vegas(A) - Venezuela    70
Jamie Amoretti - San Antonio, Texas    71
A - Cody Gribble(A) - Dallas, Texas    71
A - Conrad Shindler(A) - Westlake, Texas    71

05/17/10
Bluffton, S.C. - Colleton River Plantation (Dye Course)


Mark Anderson - Beaufort, S.C.    68
Jacob Burger(A) - Orangeburg, S.C.    69
Chris Epperson - Hilton Head Island, S.C.    70
Tommy Gainey - Bishopville, S.C.    70
Charles Frost - Charlotte, N.C.    71
Joel Hendry - Scotland    71
A - Brewer Bradshaw(A) - Columbia, S.C.    71
A - William Mcgirt - Boiling Springs, S.C.    73

05/17/10
Bradenton, Fla. - Waterlefe Golf & River Club

Joey Lamielle - Sarasota, Fla.    69
Blake Soni(A) - Bradenton, Fla.    70
Casey Wittenberg - Memphis, Tenn.    70
A - Domenico Geminiani(A) - Italy    71
A - Kevin Collins - Palmetto, Fla.    71

05/17/10
Burlington, Iowa - Spirit Hollow Golf Club

Nathaniel Mccoy(A) - West Des Moines, Iowa    69
Christopher Black - Oelwein, Iowa    70
Garrett Jones - Rewey, Wis.    70
A - Joshua Manske(A) - Algona, Iowa    72
A - Mike Oimoen(A) - Clear Lake, Iowa    72

05/17/10
Chaska, Minn. - Hazeltine National Golf Club


Andy Paulson - White Bear Lake, Minn.    71
Jon Sauer - St Cloud, Minn.    72
Josh Arndt - Grove City, Minn.    73
Don Berry - Rogers, Minn.    73
Kyle Beversdorf(A) - Plymouth, Minn.    73
Jay Jurecic - Caspian, Mich.    73
Jordan Ensrud - Anoka, Minn.    74
John Kelly - Saint Louis, Mo.    74
Thomas Wroblewski(A) - Neenah, Wis.    74
A - Brandon Askew - Scottsdale, Ariz.    75
A - R Joseph O'brien - Minneapolis, Minn.    75

05/17/10
Cincinnati, Ohio - Maketewah Country Club


Jason Kokrak - Charlotte, N.C.    67
Alex Martin(A) - Liberty Twp, Ohio    68
Tom Walters - Windermere, Fla.    69
Colin Biles - Columbus, Ohio    71
Rob Chappell - Cincinnati, Ohio    71
Kevin Hall - Cincinnati, Ohio    71
Andrew Stephens - Union, Ky.    71
Mike Thomas - Cincinnati, Ohio    71
Mike Auterson - West Palm Beach, Fla.    72
Chris Baker - Brownstown, Ind.    72
Zachary Bates(A) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio    72
A - Mark Blakefield - Maysville, Ky.    72
A - Wes Homan - Cincinnati, Ohio    72

05/17/10
Dublin, Ohio - Riviera Golf Club


Bob Sowards - Dublin, Ohio    66
David Becher(A) - Columbus, Ohio    70
John Hahn(A) - Las Vegas, Nev.    70
Jeff Olson - Columbus, Ohio    70
Joshua Coad - Utica, Ohio    71
Tim Crouch(A) - Mt Vernon, Ohio    72
Brad Wright(A) - Cambridge, Ohio    72
A - Johnny Henno(A) - Solvang, Calif.    72
A - Christopher Wilson - Dublin, Ohio    73

05/17/10
Ft. Collins, Colo. - Collindale Golf Course


Tyler Bishop - Longmont, Colo.    63
Mike Kitowski - Aurora, Colo.    68
Jon Levy - Scottsdale, Ariz.    68
Jason Preeo - Highlands Ranch, Colo.    69
Drew Stoltz - Scottsdale, Ariz.    69
A - Bryce Hanstad(A) - Alexandria, Minn.    70
A - Braxton Marquez(A) - Scottsdale, Ariz.    70

05/17/10
Genoa, Nev. - Genoa Lakes Golf Club


Samuel Chavez(A) - Hillsborough, Calif.    71
Joe Sanders(A) - Incline Village, Nev.    71
A J Shiffert - Visalia, Calif.    71
Liam Kendregan - Danville, Calif.    72
A - Jared Becher(A) - Reno, Nev.    72
A - Cory Tritt(A) - South Lake Tahoe, Calif.    73

05/17/10
Glendale, Calif. - Oakmont Country Club


Andrew Putnam(A) - University Place, Wash.    69
David Berganio - Granada Hills, Calif.    72
Philip Chian(A) - Covina, Calif.    72
Adam Frey - Cypress, Calif.    72
Tim Hogarth(A) - Northridge, Calif.    72
Alex Shi Yup Kim(A) - Fullerton, Calif.    72
A - Joseph Benedetti - Huntington Beach, Calif.    72
A - Brett Foulds - Escondido, Calif.    73

05/17/10
Half Moon Bay, Calif. - Half Moon Bay Golf Links

David Chung(A) - Fayetteville, N.C.    73
Matt Cohn(A) - San Francisco, Calif.    74
Cory Mehl(A) - Seattle, Wash.    74
Joseph Bramlett(A) - Saratoga, Calif.    75
Mark Mallin(A) - Hollister, Calif.    75
Mark Mance(A) - San Francisco, Calif.    75
A - Roger Pineda - Menlo Park, Calif.    75
A - Michael Decker(A) - Pebble Beach, Calif.    75

05/17/10
Harrison, N.Y. - Willow Ridge Country Club


Charles Meola - Mamaroneck, N.Y.    67
John Crowley(A) - Greenwich, Conn.    68
Heath Wassem - Mount Kisco, N.Y.    68
Carl Alexander - Bedford, N.Y.    69
Frank Bensel - Stamford, Conn.    69
Mike Ballo Jr(A) - Stamford, Conn.    70
Gregory Bisconti - South Salem, N.Y.    70
Chris Damiano - Jupiter, Fla.    70
A - David Young - Scarborough, N.Y.    71
A - Ray Ford - Ridgefield, Conn.    71

05/17/10
Houston, Texas - Lakeside Country Club


Ryan Baca - Sugar Land, Texas    64
Craig Kanada - The Woodlands, Texas    65
Shawn Stefani - Baytown, Texas    67
Michael Whitehead(A) - Sugar Land, Texas    67
Justin Engel - Sugar Land, Texas    68
Brady Exber(A) - Las Vegas, Nev.    68
Thomas Hagler - Cypress, Texas    69
Jhonattan Vegas - Venezuela    69
A - Jake Saladin - Houston, Texas    70
A - Ryan Kelley(A) - The Woodlands, Texas    70

05/17/10
Lexington, Ky. - Idle Hour Country Club

Jason Millard(A) - Murfreesboro, Tenn.    69
Michael Thompson - Birmingham, Ala.    70
Grant Leaver - Centerville, Tenn.    71
Kent Bulle(A) - Glasgow, Ky.    72
Hunter Stewart(A) - Lexington, Ky.    72
A - Benjamin Fuqua(A) - Danville, Ky.    72
A - Sean Moore - Marshville, N.C.    73

05/17/10
Modesto, Calif. - Del Rio Country Club


Sam Smith(A) - Turlock, Calif.    67
Ryan Thornberry - Ceres, Calif.    67
Jeffrey Mullen - Modesto, Calif.    69
Grant Norton(A) - Rancho Murieta, Calif.    70
Erik Flores - Grass Valley, Calif.    71
Taylor Hobin(A) - Antioch, Calif.    71
A - Carlos Corona - Dublin, Calif.    71
A - Brett Viboch - Moraga, Calif.    71

05/17/10
Notre Dame, Ind. - Warren Course @ Notre Dame


Brian Ottenweller - Grand Rapids, Mich.    67
Jamie Broce - Clayton, Ind.    68
Adam Sumrall(A) - South Bend, Ind.    70
A - Clark Klaasen - Grand Rapids, Mich.    71
A - Stephen Powers(A) - Naperville, Ill.    72

05/17/10
Oregon (Oh), Ohio - Maumee Bay State Park


Martin Jeppesen Ii(A) - Ypsilanti, Mich.    71
Bill Rankin - Traverse City, Mich.    73
A - Michael Balcar(A) - Toledo, Ohio    73
A - Robert Gerwin Ii(A) - Cincinnati, Ohio    74

05/17/10
Phoenix (Az), Ariz. - Phoenix Country Club


Jim Carter - Scottsdale, Ariz.    63
Rodney Hamblin - Phoenix, Ariz.    67
Jerry Smith - Oskaloosa, Iowa    67
Nicholas Mason - Wahiawa, Hawaii    68
Scott Foster - Anthem, Ariz.    69
Chan Kim(A) - Gilbert, Ariz.    69
A - Brian Cooper - Pittsburgh, Pa.    69
A - Mark Baker - Scottsdale, Ariz.    69

05/17/10
Pinehurst, N.C. - Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia Course)


Darron Stiles - Pinehurst, N.C.    66
Bronson La'cassie - Australia    67
Adam Meyer - Fort Worth, Texas    67
Stephen Poole - Aiken, S.C.    67
Ted Brown - Canada    68
Bradley Iles - New Zealand    68
Jamie Lovemark - Jupiter, Fla.    68
Daniel Summerhays - Farmington, Utah    68
David Hearn - Canada    69
A - Vaita Guillaume(A) - France    69
A - David Mathis - Wake Forest, N.C.    69

05/17/10
Riverton, Wyo. - Riverton Country Club


Ashdon Woods - Lander, Wyo.    70
A - Shane Mills - Gillette, Wyo.    70
A - Tyler Watts - Pine Haven, Wyo.    70

05/17/10
Rochester, N.Y. - Oak Hill Country Club (West Course)


Neil Reidy - West Palm Beach, Fla.    68
Derek Gillespie - Canada    69
Ben Ferguson - Canada    71
Louis-Pierre Godin - Canada    72
Danny Mijovic - Canada    72
Tommy Nixon - Los Angeles, Calif.    72
A - Patrick Williams(A) - Canada    72
A - Un Cho(A) - Canada    72

05/17/10
Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. - Twin Warriors Golf Club


Glen Millican - Albuquerque, N.M.    68
Nick Geyer(A) - Albuquerque, N.M.    69
Steve Saunders - Albuquerque, N.M.    70
A - Tom Carlson(A) - Sioux Falls, S.D.    70
A - Timothy Madigan(A) - Rio Rancho, N.M.    72

05/17/10
Sioux Falls, S.D. - Westward Ho Country Club


Todd Kolb - Sioux Falls, S.D.    68
Taylor Cavanagh(A) - Perham, Minn.    70
Donald Constable(A) - Wayzata, Minn.    70
A - Christopher Peterson - Farmington, Minn.    71
A - Nicholas Olsgaard(A) - Moorhead, Minn.    72

05/17/10
Springfield (Il), Ill. - Illini Country Club


Niall Turner - Minneapolis, Minn.    67
Roberto Diaz - Mexico    68
Jesse Cavanaugh - Ottawa, Ill.    69
Jonathan Mansfield - Clearwater, Fla.    69
David Merkow - Hartland, Wis.    69
A - Matt Miller - Bloomington, Ill.    69
A - Tony Ross(A) - Lemont, Ill.    70

05/17/10
St. Augustine, Fla. - Marsh Creek Country Club


David Palm - Jacksonville, Fla.    71
Kevin Phelan(A) - St Augustine, Fla.    71
John Powell - Dalton, Ga.    71
J D Tomlinson(A) - Gainesville, Fla.    71
A - Tommy Schaff - Savannah, Ga.    72
A - Tim O'neal - Savannah, Ga.    73

05/17/10
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Ol' Colony Golf Complex


Michael Daniels - Decatur, Ala.    67
Jason Dillard - Birmingham, Ala.    68
Matthew Swan - Montgomery, Ala.    69
Steven Hudson(A) - Birmingham, Ala.    70
A - Patton Kizzire - Tuscaloosa, Ala.    70
A - Lee Knox(A) - Augusta, Ga.    72

05/17/10
Vero Beach, Fla. - Bent Pine Golf Club


Marc France - Rockledge, Fla.    67
Jeff Golden - Winter Park, Fla.    67
A - Tommy Gibson - Pilot Mountain, N.C.    68
A - Michael Sicolo - Cocoa, Fla.    68

05/17/10
Waikoloa, Hawaii - Waikoloa Beach Resort


Eric Dugas - Waikoloa, Hawaii    70
A - Kevin Hayashi - Hilo, Hawaii    71
A - Darren Sayre - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii    75

05/17/10
Wallingford, Pa. - The Springhaven Club


Amory Davis(A) - Chadds Ford, Pa.    69
Ben Kohles(A) - Cary, N.C.    69
William Mullen - Jeffersonville, Pa.    69
Jon Rusk - Washington Cr, Pa.    69
Michael Ladden - West Bradford, Pa.    70
A - Steve Scott - New Hope, Pa.    70
A - Rich Thon(A) - Swarthmore, Pa.    70

05/17/10
Westminster, Colo. - The Heritage At Westmoor


Derek Tolan - Centennial, Colo.    69
Zenon Brown - Arvada, Colo.    71
Joshua Creel(A) - Cheyenne, Wyo.    71
Ben Portie - Westminster, Colo.    71
Kane Webber - Australia    71
A - Michael Baird - Castle Rock, Colo.    72
A - Geoffrey Keffer - Lakewood, Colo.    72

05/17/10
Worth, Ill. - Water's Edge Golf Club


Eric Chun(A) - Korea    68
Michael Sainz(A) - Elgin, Ill.    69
Paul Dagys(A) - Oak Forest, Ill.    71
Bennett Blakeman(A) - Burr Ridge, Ill.    72
David Lipsky(A) - La Canada, Calif.    72
John Perna - Chicago, Ill.    72
A - Chris Ioriatti - Naperville, Ill.    73
A - Craig Mc Donnell(A) - Evergreen Park, Ill.    73

05/16/10
Wailuku, Hawaii - King Kamehameha Golf Club


Royden Heirakuji(A) - Makawao, Hawaii    73
Frank Luchowski - Kihei, Hawaii    73
Douglas Stacy(A) - Kahului, Hawaii    73
A - David Havens - Lahaina, Hawaii    74
A - Al Chiarella(A) - Pukalani, Hawaii    75

05/15/10
Lihue, Hawaii - Wailua Municipal Golf Course


Mark Scheibach(A) - Bermuda Dunes, Calif.    69
A - Thomas Freestone - Princeville, Hawaii    73
A - T J Kua(A) - Lihue, Hawaii    74

05/14/10
Port St. Lucie, Fla. - The Legacy Golf & Tennis Club


Eric Reeves - Gray, Ga.    71
Rafael Salas(A) - Venezuela    71
Nathan Leonhardt(A) - Canada    72
A - Mitch Sutton(A) - Canada    75
A - Derrick Bohannon - Jensen Beach, Fla.    75

05/13/10
Eagle, Idaho - Banbury Golf Course


Jesse Hibler(A) - Meridian, Idaho     66
Joe Panzeri - Meridian, Idaho     67
Nick Travers - Boise, Idaho     67
A - Jacob Koppenberg - Everett, Wash.     67
A - Jim Empey - Boise, Idaho     72

05/13/10
Hollywood, Fla. - The Club at Emerald Hills


Peter Kolosvary(A) - Safety Harbor, Fla.     71
Curtis Thompson(A) - Coral Springs, Fla. 71
Oscar Alvarez - Colombia     72
Hernan Borja - Coral Springs, Fla.     72
Jared Isaacs - Plantation, Fla.     73
A - Ben Silverman - Canada     74
A - Ryan Abbate(A) - Weston, Fla.     74

05/13/10
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia Course)


Matt Kocolowski(A) - Orlando, Fla.    68
Matthew Kohn - Altamonte Springs, Fla.    69
John Scott Rattan - Montgomery Village, Md.     69
Travis Hampshire - Tampa, Fla.     70
Michael Henderson - Orlando, Fla.    70
A - Andrew Johnson - Orlando, Fla.   70
A - Peter Campbell - Canada     71

05/13/10
Lake Wales, Fla. - Lake Wales Country Club


Connor Arendell(A) - Cape Coral, Fla.     71
Matt Cornuet - Tarpon Springs, Fla.     71
Judson Eustaquio(A) - Philippines     71
Justin Simmons - Dallas, Texas     71
A - Ian Hoffman(A) - New Smyrna Beach, Fla.     72
A - Cody Brownell - Davenport, Fla.     72

05/12/10
Knoxville, Tenn. - Holston Hills Country Club

Grant Milner(A) - Knoxville, Tenn.     65
Matthew Mincer - Knoxville, Tenn.    65
Bryce Ledford - Chattanooga, Tenn.     67
Chas Narramore - Kingston, Tenn.     67
Scott Stallings - Knoxville, Tenn.     67
A - Todd Burgan(A) - Knoxville, Tenn.     67
A - Chris Dibble - Knoxville, Tenn.     68

05/12/10
Lompoc, Calif. - La Purisima Golf Course


Kenny (Yun-Gi) Kim - Korea     71
Niall Platt(A) - Santa Barbara, Calif.     71
Joshua Warthen - Pismo Beach, Calif.     71
Nathan Celusta - Newbury Park, Calif.     72
Paul Rice(A) - Redlands, Calif.     73
Kevin Larsen - Santa Barbara, Calif.     74
A - Thomas Gardner - Marina Del Rey, Calif.     74
A - Ryan Panichpakdee - Long Beach, Calif.     74

05/12/10
Midway, Pa. - Quicksilver Golf Club


Robert Mcclellan - Butler, Pa.     69
Gene Walter - West View, Pa.     69
Erik Bertrand(R) - Pittsburgh, Pa.     70
Travis Howe(A) - Osceola, Pa.     70
Sean Knapp(A) - Oakmont, Pa.     70
A - Daniel Sorgini Iii(A) - Westerville, Ohio     70
A - Bob Friend - Pittsburgh, Pa.     71

05/12/10
Newport Beach, Calif. - The Newport Beach Country Club


Paul Imondi - Tustin, Calif.     65
Benjamin Bauch(A) - Trabuco Canyon, Calif.     68
Jeff Hart - Solana Beach, Calif.     68
Chad Morris - Long Beach, Calif.     68
Brian Campbell(A) - Irvine, Calif.     69
Patrick Cantlay(A) - Los Alamitos, Calif.     69
A - John Balfanz(A) - Bakersfield, Calif.     69
A - Rick Johnson(A) - Newport Beach, Calif.     69

05/12/10
Palm Harbor, Fla. - Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club (Island Course)


Brad Klapprott - Lakeland, Fla.     71
Andy Goodwin - Safety Harbor, Fla.     72
Austin Hughes - Orlando, Fla.     72
Colton Turnquist - Austin, Texas     73
A - Gary Koch - Tampa, Fla.     73
A - Jacob Abramson - Clearwater, Fla.     73

05/12/10
Plymouth, Mass. - Pinehills Golf Club


Michael Welch - N Quincy, Mass.     67
Herbie Aikens(A) - Pembroke, Mass.     68
Beon Yeong Lee(A) - Canada     69
Brendan Livingston(A) - Westford, Mass.     69
Jake Nutter(A) - Bedford, N.H.     69
Jason Caron - South Yarmouth, Mass.     70
A - Kyle Pelletier(A) - Acushnet, Mass.     70
A - John Hickson - Topsham, Maine     70

05/12/10
Syracuse, N.Y. - Bellevue Country Club

Dan Mccarthy - Syracuse, N.Y.     73
Matthew Porter(A) - Cortland, N.Y.     73
A - David May - Auburn, N.Y.     75
A - Chris Barber - Canada     76

05/12/10
Wichita, Kan. - Wichita Country Club


Andrew Dahl - Salinas, Calif.     69
Cameron Bishop - Tulsa, Okla.     70
Jonathan May - Wichita, Kan.     70
A - Brian Ward - Wichita, Kan.     70
A - Dustin Garza(A) - Mission, Texas     70

05/11/10
Beatrice, Neb. - Beatrice Country Club


Brandon Crick(A) - Mccook, Neb.     67
Darin Fisher - Albia, Iowa     72
A - Jon Petersen - Omaha, Neb.     73
A - Mike Coatman(A) - Lincoln, Neb.     73

05/11/10
Durham, N.C. - Treyburn CC


Mike Goodes - Reidsville, N.C.     63
Brad Fritsch - Canada     65
Brian Duncan - Mount Pleasant, S.C.     67
Zack Sucher - Mobile, Ala.     68
Frank Adams Iii - Salisbury, N.C.     69
Josh Brock(A) - Wilmington, N.C.     69
Joe Jaspers(A) - Huntersville, N.C.     69
Eric Shriver - Durham, N.C.     69
A - Joey Mclister - Leesburg, Va.     69
A - Travis Meyer - River Falls, Wis.     69

05/11/10
East Providence, R.I. - Metacomet Country Club


Charlie Blanchard(A) - North Providence, R.I.     68
Jarryd Dillas(A) - Bermuda     69
Jon Curran - Hopkinton, Mass.     71
A - John Elliott - Bristol, Conn.     71
A - Scott Spence - Middletown, R.I.     72

05/11/10
Galloway, N.J. - Galloway National Golf Club


Peter Barron Iii(A) - Mays Landing, N.J.     73
Travis Deibert - Jamison, Pa.     74
Geoffrey Cooper(A) - Philadelphia, Pa.     75
David Sanders(A) - Mt Laurel, N.J.     75
Thomas Gramigna(A) - Haddonfield, N.J.     76
A - Michael Mulieri(A) - Silver Spring, Md.     76
A - Nelson Hargrove(A) - Haverford, Pa.     77

05/11/10
Little Rock, Ark. - Chenal Country Club


Jamie Marshall(A) - Fayetteville, Ark.     68
Ethan Tracy(A) - Hilliard, Ohio     68
Alex Carpenter(A) - Little Rock, Ark.     69
Dalton Owens(A) - Mount Vernon, Mo.     70
A - Aaron Grissom(A) - Hot Springs, Ark.     71
A - Trent Whitekiller(A) - Sallisaw, Okla.     71

05/11/10
Midland, Texas - Midland Country Club


Zack Reeves - Arlington, Texas     71
A - Larry Bryan Jr - Big Spring, Texas     73
A - Christopher Ward(A) - Mckinney, Texas     73

05/11/10
Palm Desert, Calif. - Ironwood Country Club


Manuel Inman - Mexico     69
Taylor Wood - Laguna Niguel, Calif.     69
Estanislao Guerrero(A) - Mexico     71
Aaron Hobbs - Chino, Calif.     71
Michael Kim(A) - Del Mar, Calif.     71
Benjamin Murray(A) - La Quinta, Calif.     71
A - Eric Meichtry - Murrieta, Calif.     72
A - Robert Garske(A) - Palm Desert, Calif.     
72

05/11/10
San Antonio, Texas - Briggs Ranch Golf Club


Stuart Deane - Arlington, Texas     64
Brent Delahoussaye - Greenville, S.C.     66
Bret Parker - Villa Park, Calif.     67
Anthony Cantu - Brownsville, Texas     68
Zachary Fischer(A) - Wake Village, Texas     68
Martin Flores - Dallas, Texas     68
J L Lewis - Austin, Texas     69
A - Santiago Gavino(A) - Mexico     69
A - Anthony Rodriguez - San Antonio, Texas     70

05/10/10
Anaconda, Mont. - Old Works Golf Course


Mike Grob - Billings, Mont.     69
Eli Zackheim(R) - Portland, Ore.     69
Jimbob Coleman - Billings, Mont.     70
A - Kris Wasylowich - Canada     71
A - Jason Goldsworthy(A) - Australia     71

05/10/10
Aurora (Or), Ore. - Langdon Farms Golf Club


Alex Moore(A) - Richland, Wash.     67
Nick Sherwood(A) - Albany, Ore.     68
Isaiah Telles(A) - Tualatin, Ore.     68
Chadd Cocco - Bend, Ore.     69
Chad Fribley - Tualatin, Ore.     69
Bob Rannow - Florence, Ore.     69
A - Vincent Johnson - Portland, Ore.     70
A - Diego Velasquez(A) - Colombia     70

05/10/10
Battle Creek, Mich. - Battle Creek Country Club


Jason Allred - Scottsdale, Ariz.     65
Brandon Cigna - Novi, Mich.     67
Stephen Nichols(A) - East Lansing, Mich.     68
Aaron Peterson(A) - Ann Arbor, Mich.     68
Ryan Brehm - Mount Pleasant, Mich.     69
A - Randall Hutchison - Traverse City, Mich.     69
A - Richard Jung(A) - Canada     69

05/10/10
Carmel, Ind. - Crooked Stick Golf Club


Gregory O'mahony - Tequesta, Fla.     68
Henry Plager(A) - Carmel, Ind.     71
Nick Rousey - Pensacola, Fla.     72
Eric Steger(A) - Noblesville, Ind.     72
Tyler Duncan(A) - Columbus, Ind.     73
Chase Wright(A) - Muncie, Ind.     73
Brett Taunton - Hot Springs, Ark.     74
A - Ross Cosat(A) - Carthage, Ind.     74
A - Brant Peaper(A) - Tequesta, Fla.     74

05/10/10
El Dorado Hills, Calif. - Serrano Country Club


Jon Peterson(A) - Granite Bay, Calif.     71
Isaac Sanchez - Folsom, Calif.     72
Cory Furgason - Grass Valley, Calif.     73
Brian Koehler(A) - Escondido, Calif.     73
Jamie Kureluk - Canada     73
Dane Petersen(A) - El Dorado Hills, Calif.     73
A - Joe Moulton - Citrus Heights, Calif.     75
A - Josh Williams - San Ramon, Calif.     75

05/10/10
El Paso, Texas - Butterfield Trail Golf Club


Jake Spencer(A) - El Paso, Texas     73
Ross Rotwein(A) - El Paso, Texas     74
A - Dominic Curran - Silver City, N.M.     74
A - Travis Reid - Clovis, N.M.     76

05/10/10
Hawthorn Woods, Ill. - Hawthorn Woods Country Club


Brian Carroll - Crystal Lake, Ill.     71
Bennett Lavin(A) - Deerfield, Ill.     72
Carlos Sainz - Elgin, Ill.     72
Michael Furci(A) - Sayville, N.Y.     73
Kyle Moore - Dublin, Ohio     73
Jack Watson(A) - Lincolnshire, Ill.     73
A - Ryan Mcclintock - Bettendorf, Iowa     73
A - Josh Esler - Wauconda, Ill.     74

05/10/10
Highland, Utah - Alpine Country Club


Clay Ogden - Farmington, Utah     67
Tony Finau - Lehi, Utah     68
Nick Killpack - St George, Utah     68
Mike Mcrae - Park City, Utah     69
Luke Swilor - Sandy, Utah     70
A - Todd Francis(A) - Park City, Utah     70
A - Bruce Summerhays - Washington, Utah     70

05/10/10
Jacksonville, Fla. - Timuquana Country Club


Tommy Rymer - Sarasota, Fla.     68
Matthew Borchert - Windermere, Fla.     69
Bret Guetz - Scottsdale, Ariz.     70
Russell Knox - Scotland     70
Rod Perry - Port Orange, Fla.     70
A - Brian Harman - St Simons Island, Ga.     70
A - Joe Monte(A) - Statesboro, Ga.     71

05/10/10
Kennesaw, Ga. - Marietta Country Club


Kevin Kisner - Aiken, S.C.     64
Russell Henley(A) - Macon, Ga.     65
Michael Saari - Lilburn, Ga.     66
Roberto Castro - Atlanta, Ga.     68
Matt Hendrix - Greenville, S.C.     68
Mark Silvers - Savannah, Ga.     68
David Skinns - England     68
Peter Tomasulo - Long Beach, Calif.     68
Lee Williams - Alexander City, Ala.     68
A - David Holmes(A) - Knoxville, Tenn.     69
A - Michael Parrott - Roswell, Ga.     69

05/10/10
Lakeside, Calif. - Barona Creek Golf Club


Aaron Goldberg - Encinitas, Calif.     66
John Chin(A) - Temecula, Calif.     68
Kenneth Mccready(A) - San Diego, Calif.     68
Anthony Paolucci(A) - Del Mar, Calif.     68
Douglas Diemer - San Diego, Calif.     69
Alan Scheer - San Diego, Calif.     69
A - John Lieber - San Diego, Calif.     69
A - Kameron Kubis(A) - San Diego, Calif.     70

05/10/10
Longmeadow, Mass. - Twin Hills Country Club


Billy Downes - Longmeadow, Mass.     72
Rick Leal - West Springfield, Mass.     73
Andy Miller - Napa, Calif.    73
A - Hal Jacobs - Hudson, Mass.     73
A - Stephen Bys(A) - Chicopee, Mass.     73

05/10/10
Madera, Calif. - Riverbend Golf Club


Dillon Dougherty - Woodland, Calif.     70
Ryan Carter - Hacienda Heights, Calif.     71
Jason Higton(A) - Fresno, Calif.     71
Bryan Hogan(A) - Bakersfield, Calif.     71
Pace Johnson(A) - Fresno, Calif.     71
Michael Weaver(A) - Fresno, Calif.     71
A - David Thomas - Sausalito, Calif.     71
A - Tommy Masters - Clovis, Calif.     72

05/10/10
Medina (Wa), Wash. - Overlake Golf & Country Club


Jeff Coston - Blaine, Wash.     67
Derek Berg(A) - Duvall, Wash.     69
Tze Huang Choo(A) - Singapore     69
Richard Lee(A) - Bellevue, Wash.     69
Brian Thornton - Sumner, Wash.     69
Doug Morgan - Canada     70
Isaac Weintraub - Santa Cruz, Calif.     70
Chris Williams(A) - Moscow, Idaho     70
A - Corey Prugh - Spokane, Wash.     70
A - James Feutz(A) - University Place, Wash.     70

05/10/10
New Orleans, La. - English Turn Golf & Country Club


Mark Murphy - Ireland     69
Chris Walling - Baton Rouge, La.     69
Jarrod Barsamian - Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.     70
John Riegger - Henderson, Nev.     70
A - Adam Mccleary(A) - Australia     71
A - Eddie Brescher Iii - Ponchatoula, La.     71

05/10/10
Oklahoma City, Okla. - Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club


Robert Streb - Edmond, Okla.     67
Kevin Tway(A) - Edmond, Okla.     67
Tracy Phillips - Tulsa, Okla.     68
Ryan Spears - Del City, Okla.     69
Hunter Sparks(A) - Oklahoma City, Okla.     70
Dustin Wigington - Oklahoma City, Okla.     70
A - Jimmy Shaw - Oklahoma City, Okla.     71
A - Ryan Henry - Broken Arrow, Okla.     71

05/10/10
Old Lyme, Conn. - Black Hall Club


Bill Hermanson(A) - East Lyme, Conn.     71
Colin Amaral - Port St Lucie, Fla.     74
Jeffrey Bishop(A) - Canada     74
Jim Mcgovern - Oradell, N.J.     74
Stephen Sokol - Milford, Conn.     75
Craig Thomas - White Plains, N.Y.     75
A - Mike Reilly - Babylon, N.Y.     75
A - John Bauman(A) - Essex, Conn.     75

05/10/10
Orlando, Fla. - Metrowest Golf Club


Phillip Choi(A) - Orlando, Fla.     65
Andy Choi - Orlando, Fla.     67
Matthew Richardson - England     67
James Vargas - Miami, Fla.     68
Eric Cole - Orlando, Fla.     69
A - Sam Saunders - Orlando, Fla.     69
A - Jhared Hack - Sanford, Fla.     71

05/10/10
Palm Desert No. 2, Calif. - Indian Ridge CC


Andrew Kramer(A) - Chino Hills, Calif.     67
Rui Takamatsu - Japan     67
Daniel Horning - Palm Desert, Calif.     68
Nicholas Seymour - Santa Ana, Calif.     68
Michael Walton - Indian Wells, Calif.     68
Issei Suenaga(A) - Dove Canyon, Calif.     69
A - Micah Burke - Los Angeles, Calif.     69
A - Jerry Chen - Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.     70

05/10/10
Peachtree City, Ga. - Planterra Ridge Golf Club


David Noll Jr(A) - Dalton, Ga.     65
Michael Lavery - Mission Viejo, Calif.     67
George Bryan Iv(A) - Chapin, S.C.     68
Scott Feaster - Columbia, S.C.     68
Zach Lassetter(A) - Carrollton, Ga.     68
Chris Nicol - Acworth, Ga.     68
Kyle Scott(A) - South Africa     68
Mark Whisenant - Douglasville, Ga.     68
A - Kyle Stiles - Athens, Ga.     69
A - Jimmy Brandt - Auburn, Ala.     69

05/10/10
Phoenix (Md), Md. - Towson Golf & Country Club


Jason Kang - Fullerton, Calif.     69
Jaime Gylan - Joppa, Md.     70
Stephen Scialo(A) - New City, N.Y.     71
Christopher Baloga(A) - Baltimore, Md.     72
John Bierkan - Cockeysville, Md.     72
Christopher Emerick(A) - Rosedale, Md.     72
John O'leary - Reston, Va.     72
A - William Wiseman(A) - Salisbury, Md.     72
A - Jeffrey Castle - Nottingham, Md.     73

05/10/10
Pleasanton, Calif. - Ruby Hill Golf Club


Joel Kribel - Pleasanton, Calif.     72
Jeff Rangel - Martinez, Calif.     72
Jonathan Carlson(A) - Kelseyville, Calif.     73
Todd Fischer - Pleasanton, Calif.     73
Gregor Main(A) - Danville, Calif.     73
Kevin Wentworth(A) - Arnold, Calif.     74
A - Adam Barkow(A) - Albany, Calif.     74
A - Joshua Kelley - Upland, Calif.     74

05/10/10
Prosper, Texas - Gentle Creek Golf Club


Will Dodson - Dallas, Texas     70
Will Osborne - Wichita Falls, Texas     71
Jerrett Hamilton - Richardson, Texas     72
Dean Larsson - Frisco, Texas     72
Edward Loar - Dallas, Texas     72
B J Staten - Dallas, Texas     72
Phil Tataurangi - New Zealand     72
A - John Schaefer(A) - Plano, Texas     72
A - Clark Dennis - Fort Worth, Texas     72

05/10/10
Pueblo, Colo. - Walking Stick Golf Course


Tom Glissmeyer - Colorado Springs, Colo.     71
David Jackson - Scottsdale, Ariz.     71
Dustin White - Pueblo, Colo.     73
Charles Rider(A) - Centennial, Colo.     74
Pete Severson(A) - Pueblo, Colo.     75
A - Dave Arbuckle - Colorado Springs, Colo.     75
A - Kyle Burns(A) - Denver, Colo.     75

05/10/10
Seaside, Calif. - Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course


Luke Hickmott - Australia     72
Erick Justesen - Sacramento, Calif.     72
Jack Hoenes(A) - Watsonville, Calif.     73
Jason Owen - Marina, Calif.     73
John Ellis - San Jose, Calif.     75
Daniel Licursi - Chandler, Ariz.     75
A - Wes Heffernan - Canada     75
A - Chris Guy - Germany     75

05/10/10
Tampa, Fla. - Hunters Green Country Club


Steve Runge - Valrico, Fla.     67
Stephen Thomas - Canada     69
Adam Swope - Tampa, Fla.     70
Christopher Biuso(A) - Temple Terrace, Fla.     71
Geoff Wood - Tampa, Fla.     71
A - Jeff Leonard - Tampa, Fla.     71
A - Cole Cisbani(A) - New Port Richey, Fla.     71

05/10/10
Tucson, Ariz. - Tucson Country Club


Rich Saferian(A) - Wixom, Mich.     67
Tommy Medina - Mesa, Ariz.     68
Jake Rogers - Tucson, Ariz.     68
Nathan Tyler - Tucson, Ariz.     68
Tyler Hall - Wayne, N.J.     69
Eric Johnson - Chandler, Ariz.     69
A - Grant Cesarek - Tucson, Ariz.     69
A - Justin Searles - Gilbert, Ariz.     69

05/09/10
Ewa Beach, Hawaii - Hoakalei Country Club


Jim Seki - Palo Alto, Calif.     69
Michael Fan(A) - Pearl City, Hawaii     76
A - Kamden Brakel(A) - Acampo, Calif.     78
A - Brett Komoto(A) - Honolulu, Hawaii     80

05/07/10
Jupiter, Fla. - The Club At Admirals Cove (East Course)


Manuel Villegas - Colombia     65
Justin Hicks - Royal Palm Beach, Fla.     66
David Johnson - Palm Bay, Fla.     66
Beau Mitchell - Virginia, Minn.     67
Justin Peters - Stuart, Fla.     67
A - Rick Price - Jupiter, Fla.     68
A - Hugo Leon - Tequesta, Fla.     68
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Simpson, Noren share Honda lead after challenging Rd. 1

By Doug FergusonFebruary 23, 2018, 1:25 am

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 approach shots, you remember that, 'Man, this is one of the hardest courses we play all year, including majors,''' said Simpson, who is playing the Honda Classic for the first time in seven years.

Only 20 players broke par, and just as many were at 76 or worse.

Woods had only one big blunder - a double bogey on the par-5 third hole when he missed the green and missed a 3-foot putt - in an otherwise stress-free round. He had one other bogey against three birdies, and was rarely out of position. Even one of his two wild drives, when his ball landed behind two carts that were selling frozen lemonade and soft pretzels, he still had a good angle to the green.

''It was very positive today,'' Woods said. ''It was a tough day out there for all of us, and even par is a good score.''

It was plenty tough for Adam Scott, who again stumbled his way through the closing stretch of holes that feature water, water and more water. Scott went into the water on the par-3 15th and made double bogey, and then hit into the water on the par-3 17th and made triple bogey. He shot 73.


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Rory McIlroy was at even par deep into the back nine when he figured his last chance at birdie would be the par-5 18th. Once he got there, he figured his best chance at birdie was to hit 3-wood on or near the green. Instead, he came up a yard short and into the water, made double bogey and shot 72.

Noren, who lost in a playoff at Torrey Pines last month, shot 31 on the front nine and finished with a 6-foot birdie on the ninth hole into a strong wind for his 66.

The Swede is a nine-time winner on the European Tour who is No. 16 in the world, though he has yet to make a connection among American golf fans - outside of Stillwater, Oklahoma, from his college days at Oklahoma State - from not having fared well at big events. Noren spends time in South Florida during the winter, so he's getting used to this variety of putting surfaces.

''I came over here to try to play some more American-style courses, get firmer greens, more rough, and to improve my driving and improve my long game,'' Noren said. ''So it's been great.''

PGA champion Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger and Morgan Hoffmann - who all live up the road in Jupiter - opened with a 67. There's not much of an advantage because hardly anyone plays PGA National the other 51 weeks of the year. It's a resort that gets plenty of traffic, and conditions aren't quite the same.

Louis Oosthuizen, the South African who now lives primarily in West Palm Beach, also came out to PGA National a few weeks ago to get a feel for the course. He was just like everyone else that day - carts on paths only. Not everyone can hole a bunker shot on the final hole at No. 9 for a 67. Mackenzie Hughes of Canada shot his 67 with a bogey from a bunker on No. 9.

Woods, in his third PGA Tour event since returning from a fourth back surgery, appears to be making progress.

''One bad hole,'' he said. ''That's the way it goes.''

It came on the easiest hole on the course. Woods drove into a fairway bunker on the par-5 third, laid up and put his third shot in a bunker. He barely got it out to the collar, used the edge of his sand wedge to putt it down toward the hole and missed the 3-foot par putt.

He answered with a birdie and made pars the rest of the way.

''I'm trying to get better, more efficient at what I'm doing,'' Woods said. ''And also I'm actually doing it under the gun, under the pressure of having to hit golf shots, and this golf course is not forgiving whatsoever. I was very happy with the way I hit it today.''

Woods played with Patton Kizzire, who already has won twice on the PGA Tour season this year. Kizzire had never met Woods until Thursday, and he yanked his opening tee shot into a palmetto bush. No one could find it, so he had to return to the tee to play his third shot. Kizzire covered the 505 yards in three shots, an outstanding bogey considering the two-shot penalty.

Later, he laughed about the moment.

''I was so nervous,'' Kizzire said. ''I said to Tiger, 'Why did you have to make me so nervous?'''

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Players battle 'crusty' greens on Day 1 at Honda

By Randall MellFebruary 22, 2018, 11:52 pm

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 Sunday greens than Thursday,” McIlroy said. “They are pretty crusty. They are going to have a job keeping a couple of them alive.”

The Champion Course always plays tough, ranking annually among the most challenging on the PGA Tour. With a very dry February, the course is firmer and faster than it typically plays.

“Today was not easy,” Woods said. “It's going to get more difficult because these greens are not the best . . . Some of these putts are a bit bouncy . . . There's no root structure. You hit shots and you see this big puff of sand on the greens, so that shows you there's not a lot of root structure.”


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Brad Nelson, PGA National’s director of agronomy, said the Champion Course’s TifEagle Bermuda greens are 18 years old, and they are dealing with some contamination, in spots, of other strains of grasses.

“As it’s been so warm and dry, and as we are trying to get the greens so firm, those areas that are not a true Tifeagle variety anymore, they get unhappy,” Nelson said. “What I mean by unhappy is that they open up a little bit . . . It gives them the appearance of being a little bit thin in some areas.”

Nelson said the greens are scheduled for re-grassing in the summer of 2019. He said the greens do have a “crusty” quality, but . . .

“Our goal is to be really, really firm, and we feel like we are in a good place for where we want them to be going into the weekend,” he said.

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McIlroy, Scott have forgettable finish at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 22, 2018, 11:03 pm

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. “I just didn’t execute it the right way.”

He wasn’t the only player to struggle coming home.


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Adam Scott, who won here in 2016, found the water on both par 3s in the Bear Trap, Nos. 15 and 17. He made double on 15, then triple on 17, after his shot from the drop area went long, then he failed to get up and down. He shot 73, spoiling a solid round.

The third player in the group, Padraig Harrington, made a mess of the 16th hole, taking a triple.

The group played the last four holes in a combined 10 over.

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Woods (70) better in every way on Day 1 at Honda

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 22, 2018, 8:40 pm

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, Patton Kizzire, a two-time winner this season and the current FedExCup leader – and afterward Woods said that it was a “very positive” day and that he was “very solid.”

It’s a small sample size, of course – seven rounds – but Woods didn’t hesitate in declaring this “easily” his best ball-striking round of the year.

And indeed it was, even if the stats don’t jump off the page.

Officially, he hit only seven of 14 fairways and just 10 greens, but some of those misses off the tee were a few paces into the rough, and some of those iron shots finished just off the edge of the green.

The more telling stat was this: His proximity to the hole (28 feet) was more than an 11-foot improvement over his first two starts this year. And also this: He was 11th among the early starters in strokes gained-tee to green, which measures a player’s all-around ball-striking. Last week, at Riviera, he ranked 121st.

“I felt very comfortable,” he said. “I felt like I hit the ball really well, and it was tough out there. I had to hit a lot of knockdown shots. I had to work the golf ball both ways, and occasionally downwind, straight up in the air.

“I was able to do all that today, so that was very pleasing.”

The Champion Course here at PGA National is the kind of course that magnifies misses and exposes a player if he’s slightly off with his game. There is water on 15 of the 18 holes, and there are countless bunkers, and it’s almost always – as it was Thursday – played in a one- or two-club wind. Even though it’s played a half hour from Woods’ compound in Hobe Sound, the Honda wasn’t thought to be an ideal tune-up for Woods’ rebuilt game.

But maybe this was just what he needed. He had to hit every conceivable shot Thursday, to shape it both ways, high and low, and he executed nearly every one of them.

The only hole he butchered was the par-5 third. With 165 yards for his third shot, he tried to draw a 6-iron into a stiff wind. He turned it over a touch too much, and it dropped into the bunker. He hit what he thought was a perfect bunker shot, but it got caught in the overseeded rye grass around the green and stayed short. He chipped to 3 feet and then was blown off-balance by a wind gust. Double.


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But what pleased Woods most was what he did next. Steaming from those unforced errors, he was between a 2- and 3-iron off the tee. He wanted to leave himself a 60-degree wedge for his approach into the short fourth hole, but a full 2-iron would have put him too close to the green.

So he took a little off and “threw it up in the air” – 292 yards.

“That felt really good,” Woods said, smiling. And so did the 6-footer that dropped for a bounce-back birdie.

"I feel like I'm really not that far away," he said. 

To illustrate just how much Woods’ game has evolved in seven rounds, consider this perspective from Brandt Snedeker.

They played together at Torrey Pines, where Woods somehow made the cut despite driving it all over the map. In the third round, Woods scraped together a 70 while Snedeker turned in a 74, and afterward Snedeker said that Woods’ short game was “probably as good or better than I ever remember it being.”

A month later, Snedeker saw significant changes. Woods’ short game is still tidy, but he said that his iron play is vastly improved, and it needed to be, given the challenging conditions in the first round.

“He controlled his ball flight really well and hit a bunch of really good shots that he wasn’t able to hit at Torrey, because he was rusty,” said Snedeker, who shot 74. “So it was cool to see him flight the ball and hit some little cut shots and some little three-quarter shots and do stuff I’m accustomed to see him doing.”

Conditions are expected to only get more difficult, more wind-whipped and more burned out, which is why the winning score here has been single-digits under par four of the past five years.

But Woods checked an important box Thursday, hitting the shots that were required in the most difficult conditions he has faced so far.

Said Snedeker: “I expect to see this as his baseline, and it’ll only get better from here.”