Masters setbacks endured at Honda


Jack Nicklaus humbled a lot of players in his prime, and he’s still humbling them.

His PGA National Champion Course design at the Honda Classic last week played to the highest scoring average in relation to par on the PGA Tour so far this year. It's not even close. The stroke average over four days was 2.54 over par. That’s almost two shots higher than the next toughest course (Riviera Country Club) thus far.

The difficult winds over PGA National played havoc with the swings and heads of world-class players.

The thrashings endured make you wonder who's dealing with serious setbacks in their Masters' preparation with Augusta National just four weeks away.

Defending champion Camilo Villegas was 17-over par after two days at Honda and missed the cut.

Adam Scott was 19-over missing the cut.

Rory McIlroy made three consecutive double bogeys through the Bear Trap on Saturday.

McIlroy, Ernie Els and Jhonattan Vegas each finished the tournament at 16-over.

Winds that gusted over 30 mph most of the tournament were a factor, so was a design that turns two par 5s into par 4s.