Water featured prominently in the event, one way and another
Rory McIlroy plays his first shot of the tournament under beautiful blue skies. Two closing birdies enabled him to card a 73 which had looked as though it would be even worse. He followed it with a 74, which was twice interrupted by bad weather, and missed the cut. It was the first time had missed a cut since last June. McIlroy had won the Dubai Desert Classic in his last tour outing.
Andres Romero of Argentina wraps himself in a patriotically coloured towel during the weather delay during the second round of The Honda Classic. Play was stopped at 8.23am on the second day due to heavy rain after nineteen groups had already started their rounds.
Play resumed at 10.30, after a delay of just over two hours – but only for 24 minutes as players had to return to the clubhouse due to lightning. That delay lasted just over an hour. Jhonattan Vegas and his caddie were among those driven back to the clubhouse during the lightning warning.
There is a golf course out there somewhere – promise. Terrible weather prolonged the Honda Classic into an extra day, and it finished on Monday not the scheduled Sunday.
The greenkeeping staff work to get the PGA National Resort & Spa playable.
Ian Poulter makes use of the ‘lift, clean and place’ rule during the third round of The Honda Classic. These were implemented due to the wet conditions.
One of the tee markers.
Daniel Berger congratulates Padraig Harrington on his win after the second hole of their playoff. Berger had dumped his tee shot at the par 3 into water and could only make a 5. So in his 119th start since his last win, 43-year-old Padraig Harrington finally has another victory, the Honda Classic. His last three wins had all been in Majors, the most recent of them in 2008.
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