Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Honda Classic – PGA National Champions Course – West Palm Beach, Florida –
Rickie Fowler set a record at PGA National becoming the first player to engineer bogey-free rounds through 36 holes.
Fowler (8-under) leads the way at the half-way point of the Honda Classic by a single stroke over Jimmy Walker. First-round co-leader Sergio Garcia is solo third at 6-under, while former World No. 1 and Masters champion Adam Scott is fourth just three back.
Scott, who was runner-up last week at Riviera to close out the West Coast Swing, fired a 65 in round two to climb 19 places. He tees off with Garcia Saturday on Moving Day.
For Fowler, this marked the first time in his career he opened bogey-free through two rounds. His 66 Friday moved him alone atop the leader board. The world’s No. 5 ranked player opened the week as a 10-to-1 betting option at Station Casinos in Las Vegas, thanks to three Top 5s in his last five worldwide starts.
Garcia, 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, started the week as a 25-1 betting option, while Scott was 16-1 and Walker logged 32-1 odds to win the title.
Rory McIlroy, the 2012 champion and 2014 runner-up here, was the betting favorite at 4 ½-1 odds, but missed the cut for second straight season. The cutline was 3-over. He is off to a very slow start on the PGA Tour in 2016.
Rory (72-72) wasn’t the only high-profile player to miss the cut at PGA National as Open champion Zach Johnson, Keegan Bradley and Patrick Reed will miss the weekend.
Look for ball-strikers to continue to hang around the top of the leader board. Fowler leads the tour in Par-5 Scoring Average this season. He won twice last season at THE PLAYERS and the Deutsche Bank Championship in the FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Other Golf news:
- Defending champion Amy Yang (9-under) leads Jessica Korda, Q Baek and Lexi Thompson by a shot at the Honda LPGA Thailand through two rounds.
- Louis Oosthuizen, 21st in the world rankings, shot 64 in round two at the ISPS
Handa Perth International. He trails Peter Uihlein and Brett Rumford, who are both 11-under heading into the weekend. The event is co-sanctioned between the European Tour, Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.
- Fowler’s 36-hole advantage is just his fourth 36-hole lead in his PGA Tour career. He was unable to close the deal for a victory in his previous three tries. Fowler last won in January on the European Tour at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.
- Oosthuizen was the outright betting favorite at the Perth at 7-1 odds to win, while Uihlein opened as a 28-1 pick.