First Round – PGA Tour – Honda Classic – PGA National Champions Course – West
Palm Beach, Florida –
Fresh off a missed cut in California, Sergio Garcia bounced back on the first stop of the Florida Swing with a 5-under-65 at PGA National.
Garcia co-leads at the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in West Palm Beach alongside 2013 Honda champ Michael Thompson.
Rickie Fowler and William McGirt are 4-under, while Shane Lowry and Jimmy Walker headline a group at T-5 and 3-under. Only 22 players broke par during windy conditions in round one.
Phil Mickelson (T-14) thrilled crowds in the early wave with a 1-under-69. He has Top 11 finishes in three of his last four starts including a runner-up finish on the West Coast Swing. Phil entered the week first in Scoring Average on the PGA Tour this season. He was T-17 here a season ago and came into the week as an 18-to-1 betting pick at Station Casinos in Las Vegas.
Rory McIlroy, the 2012 champion and 2014 runner-up here, was the betting favorite at 4 ½-1 odds, but he opened with 72 and sits T-65 after 18 holes just inside the cutline. He missed the cut last year.
For Garcia, he carded just a lone bogey and posted a front-nine 31 playing with Fowler. The 36-year-old Spaniard is 5-for-5 making cuts at PGA National, but entered after a sluggish Northern Trust Open at Riviera where he opened with a 74.
Garcia, 19th in the Official World Golf Ranking, opened the week as a 25-1 betting option. Thompson was a “field” bet.
Other Golf news:
- American Lexi Thompson lit up the leader board in round one at the Honda LPGA Thailand shooting 8-under-64 with two eagles and no bogeys. He last Kyu-Jung Baek by a shot and defending champion Amy Yang by two strokes. Paula Creamer and Ha Na Jang are T-6 after 18 holes, while Inbee Park sits T-27.
- Louis Oosthuizen, a big favorite heading into the week at 7-1 odds, is T-23 after round one at the ISPS Handa Perth International. He trails Peter Uihlein (7-under-65) in the co-sanctioned event between the European Tour, Asian Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.
- Uihlein, a former champion on the European Tour, opened as a 28-1 betting selection.