On Friday, for the second round of the Honda Classic, I’ll be eager to see how Rory McIlroy bounces back from his adventurous first-round even-par 70. The 19-year-old Belfaster, a young man as well-mannered as his game is good, made a triple bogey on the par-3 17th in the late-light of Thursday’s opener. The breeze was up, the air was cooling, he got a little loose with his tee shot, muffed his second, whacked his third and on and on it went, until he calmly tossed the offending ball into a greenside pond. This was his first medal-play round in a Tour event and he showed admirable composure. If the Thursday round was his bad one, watch out.
I’ll also be interested to see what David Duval does after shooting an opening round 82. Once, and not that long ago, he was among the best players in the game. It’s painful, to see a man with that much pride and skill post a score like that. Will he tee it up on Friday? I’m guessing he will. He’s the son of a pro, and a pro himself. He knows the deal and the drill. The game owes you nothing. The debt, really, is the other way around.