Live Blog: Round 1 at Honda Classic
Golf Magazine's Mike Walker live blogged the first round of the Honda Classic. Leaderboard | Florida Travel Guide | Course Profile | TV Schedule 6:05 p.m. The boss won't pay overtime so it's time to shut down the Golf.com Live Blog for the day.Thanks to everybody who read and commented. Golf Magazine's Connell Barrett will be here tomorrow. See you soon. 6:02 p.m. Sure, I'm having some fun with Michael Connell, but no one knew who Yang was last year when he won here. BTW, Yang finished 9-over today. 5:59 p.m. Anybody interested in what Stevie Williams has to say about Tiger? Me neither.
5:55 p.m. Nice to see Vijay Singh in the mix at 3-under. Vijay had a lot of injury problems last year and says he's starting to finally feel like himself again. Here's what he said after the round:
"I think physically I'm great again, and I have a great trainer that's
working really hard getting me in shape. My game is coming around, too.
I'm trying to forget last year and make a new start."
5:50 p.m. MC square! Michael Connell makes his par putt on 16 and is still 4-under. 5:49 p.m. How can a Tour pro use a yellow ball? Respect the game. Heck, respect yourself. I mean you Jerod Turner (3-over)! 5:47 p.m. Surprisingly engaging Camilo Villegas chats with Golf Channel's Scott Walker (no relation) after the round. Maybe I misjudged you, Camilo. 5:44 p.m. I know, I know. You all want Michael Connell updates. MC is still 4-under after making par on 15. He's short of the green with his second shot on the par-4 16th. 5:42 p.m. Par for Cabrera too. Angel finishes at 1-under.Cabrera, Weir and Villegas: that would be a great threesome to follow. Can you think of three more different players? 5:41 p.m. Weirsy just misses his birdie putt on 18 and finishes at 1-over. BTW, could Tiger have come up with a less-imaginative nickname for his pal Weir? 5:39 p.m. Camilo in at 4-under and second place after a 32 on the back nine. Home game for Camilo, a U of F guy who lives in the Palm Beach area. 5:38 p.m. Does Angel Cabrera have his name printed on the back of his hat so no one steals it? 5:37 p.m. After birdies on 15 and 16, Mike Weir (1-over) sticks his approach on 18 and could finish his round even. 5:32 p.m. Villegas (2-under) goes for the 18th green in two from 291 YARDS!!!! Hits it to about 15 feet. Camilo, that was beautiful. 5:27 p.m. Just got an email from the Tiger Woods Foundation. Nope, it doesn't say what you hoped. The 2010 PGA TOUR season has officially started, and the fourth annual
AT&T National is just a couple months away! For the first time,
this exciting summer golf tournament will be held in Philadelphia at
Aronimink Golf Club from June 28-4, 2010. Come watch as 120 PGA TOUR
professionals compete for the AT&T National title in the $6.2
million tournament. You don't want to miss this historic sporting event! I'm looking forward to the Tour coming to Philadelphia for Tiger's event while the USGA gets Congressional ready for the 2011 Open, but why doesn't Philly have a regular Tour stop? Great sports town, good fans and world-class courses. Makes no sense why they're not there every year. 5:23 p.m. "Yup, Michael Connell (4-under) is entering the Bear Trap." #unlikelythingsyouheardonthegolfchanneltoday 5:16 p.m. Also, any thoughts on John Daly posting a reporter's telephone number on Twitter and encouraging his followers to harass the guy? I'm not too riled up about it, but I think it's time we all moved past Daly. 5:15 p.m. What do you make of the 2010 PGA Tour season so far? Nine events, nine winners, Mickelson has yet to be in contention anywhere, and everybody is wondering about when Tiger will come back. Plus, the U.S. Open at Pebble and the British Open at St. Andrews. Should be an interesting year. 5:11 p.m. Green, Rocha, Wilson, Connell. "Who are four people who've never been in my kitchen?" Nope. It's your Honda Classic leaderboard. 5:09 p.m. Cabrera makes a birdie putt from 40-something feet on 16, now 1-under. Weir makes his putt there too (2-over). 5:03 p.m. Mike Weir (3-over) pures his approach on 16 and sets up a likely birdie. I recently got a chance to talk with Weir and I asked him how he looks back at his career. Here's what he said: I feel like what I've achieved I've earned and I worked really hard at.
There's not one way where I feel I've wasted anything. I've grinded it
out as hard as I can. When I hang 'em up, I won't have any regrets
because I know how hard I've worked. 5:01 p.m. Golf Channel guys note that notoriously slow-playing J.B. Holmes (2-over through 14) is playing a lot faster these days. Great news. J.B.'s one of the good guys out there. 4:55 p.m. Paul Casey makes bogey on 14 and falls back to 1-under. Paul Goydos finishes at 77. PGA National is a brute. 4:52 p.m. Still don't know anything about golfer Michael Connell. However, Republican political operative Michael Connell's wikipedia page sounds like the script for Oliver Stone's next movie. Seriously. 4:51 p.m. Villegas makes birdie on 15 and is now 3-under and single-handedly carrying my fantasy team. Cabrera misses his much shorter putt. 4:50 p.m. Michael Connell makes par on 12 to get to 4-under. I have no idea who that is. 4:45 p.m. Villegas (2-under) starts the Bear Trap with a solid 8-iron to the par-3 15th. In the same group, Angel Cabrera (even) nails it to about 10 feet.
I'm predicting Cabrera's Champions Dinner at the Masters will be the best ever. Argentinian barbecue and wine. How can you mess that up? The worst dinner would be if Padraig Harrington wins some day. 4:42 p.m. Jack has a prediction when Woods will be back: I say
Tiger will be back before the Masters and with his Family. The press
will eat her alive so if she is not seen can you blame her. BTW, that was a reader named Jack, not six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus. As far as we know. 4:36 p.m. Penny asks: According
to the Live Report on PGA.com Yang has a muscle tear in his back. What
is he thinking trying to play through that? I know he's defending
champion but he could screw up his back for the whole year if he isn't
careful. Yang is little too obligating to everyone and as defending champ I'm sure he feels a responsibility to play the Honda Classic. After his PGA Tour season ended, he ran himself ragged in Korea. He actually flew the red-eye from Seoul on Sunday night and then showed up in Bermuda for the Grand Slam of Golf for his pro-am tee time Monday morning. If he's going to content in more majors, and he's got the talent to, he's going to have to say "no" to things. Although I hope those things don't include media interviews, where Yang is always thoughtful and really funny. 4:34 p.m. GC's Chamblee notes that the par-5 18th is playing above par today, very unusual for a par 5. McIlroy makes his par there and finishes 1-over. 4:33 p.m. Paul Casey is having a nice round, 2-under through 12. 4:29 p.m. Reader Kevin writes: Finally -
first TOUGH course of the season! Loving these over par scores from the
big boys, but I wish it wasn't my entire Fantasy squad that all shot +3'
BTW, I like the GC team today, especially Brandel Chamblee. 4:11 p.m. Angel Cabrera, your defending Masters championship, makes a double on 12 and is now 1-over. Man, this course has teeth. 4:09 p.m. Nice Titleist ad about families who play golf together. Stuff about brothers playing golf with dad gets me every time. 4:08 p.m. Oliver Wilson makes birdie on 16 and gets to 3-under. He's wearing all white and looks like the ice-cream man. 4:02 p.m. Y.E. Yang still struggling. He's 8-over through 11. I interviewed Y.E. late last year and he talked about his win at the Honda almost as much as the PGA Championship. Once I won on
Tour, it was a relief that I fulfilled
my duty to the companies that had
shown a lot faith in me. With the win,
I also received a two-year exemption
on the Tour so it gave me a lot more
comfort and allowed me to pursue
my training goals. I took a gamble when I
brought my family here, and it was
nerve-wracking every tournament
when I didn't make the cut. 3:57 p.m. Goydos (5-over) just clears the water on the par-3 15th. Behind the tee box is a Honda, which is as close as any of these guys will ever get to driving one. 3:55 p.m. David C. asks: What's the story on McIlroy's third shot on 14? Sorry, David, I had some technical problems at Live Blog Headquarters and missed the McIlroy shot. Could have been a water ball on that hole. He made bogey and is now even through 16. 3:51 p.m. Was that Brad Faxon or Thom Yorke? Whoever it is, that birdie putt on 11 got him to even. 3:48 p.m. Birdie on 14 gets Tiger's driving-range buddy Charles Howell III to 1-under. Speaking of Woods, here's reader Larry on when he's going to return to competitive play: Regarding
when Tiger will return: I have not heard anyone offer the suggestion
that he will be back WHEN ELIN SAYS HE CAN. If restoring their marriage
is paramount and supposedly on her terms then I see her calling the
shots (sorry for the pun). And I believe he will only play the
tournaments where she (and the kids?) can accompany him. No more solo
trips to Australia. No more Vegas outings. No more "Bahamas with the
And one other point: I had always wondered why Tiger was the one famous
athlete whom I never heard credit his wife or compliment her for
helping his career in any way. 3:44 p.m. Calc follows a triple on 11 with a par on 12. He's now 1-over. 3:41 p.m. Penny asks, I
see Jason Day withdrew early in his round due to illness. Do other pros
get po'd at players who withdraw early in the first round? Seems like
they would feel that if they guy is that sick he shouldn't have started
and given someone else the start. Day is a good guy and I'm sure he gets the benefit of the doubt on a withdrawal. Unless someone is really abusing the system, I don't think Tour players get too riled up over stuff like that. From my experience, Tour players are mostly interested in themselves, their cars and maybe their favorite college football team. 3:39 p.m. Paul Goydos (4-over through 12) is in the "Golf Channel spotlight" today. Glad you set the DVR, right? 3:36 p.m. Speaking of the kids, Rickie Fowler made birdie on 8 and is now 1-over. He's going with blue today, which will no doubt lead SI's Alan Shipnuck to say, "When you dress like a Smurf, you're not allowed to lay up." 3:30 p.m. Anthony Kim, a favorite this week, finished his round at 2-under. Be nice to see AK return to form and rejoin the Tour's youth movement. 3:22 p.m. Your Daily Slice writes: It
doesn't get much harder than The Bear Trap when the wind is blowing. On
those par 3's, you must hit a quality shot or you're making bogey at
best. 3:20 p.m. Biggest news of day so far. Rory McIlroy got a haircut. The former moptop (1-under through 13) looks very corporate. Camilo Villegas (1-under through 9) cut his hair too. Is Phil's new mullet making long hair uncool? 3:16 p.m. You know you've gained some weight when the guy behind the sandwich counter says, "You probably want the works, right?" 3:14 p.m. Who'd have thought the hot player of 2010 would be Mark Calcavecchia. Calc had a decent run at Phoenix (until Sunday), and he's 3-under through nine today. 3:12 p.m. BTW, I'd love to know when people think Tiger is coming back. After hearing his statement at Sawgrass, I thought he wouldn't come back for months, if at all this year. Now, he's hitting balls at Isleworth and pal Charles Howell says Woods is in midseason form. What gives? 3:10 p.m. The Golf Channel interviewed Stuart Appleby before the broadcast and he looked about 100 years old. Where does the time go? Stuart's 5-over through 8, the same score Sergio Garcia just finished with. 3:08 p.m. Coming off his runner-up finish at the Match Play, Paul Casey is 3-under through six. Fellow Englishman Lee Westwood is in the clubhouse at 1-under. Sandwiched between WGC events (The Match Play and Doral), the Honda attracts a lot of international players. 3:03 p.m. Yikes. Another bogey for Y.E. Yang, now 8-over through 8. 3:00 p.m. Welcome back to the Golf.com Live Blog, where we're following the Honda Classic at PGA National, the toughest course you'll find on Tour outside a major. Your leader in the clubhouse is Aussie Nathan Green at 5-under, followed by Alexande Roche (4-under), D.J. Trahan, Bubba Watson and old friend Vijay Singh (3-under). A lot of good players still out on the course including defending champ Y.E. Yang, a scary 7-over through 7. So stick around and leave a comment below.