Topics

Phoenix Open (golf)
Jim Herman takes Honda Classic lead while Rory McIlroy struggles
Jim Herman takes Honda Classic lead while Rory McIlroy struggles

Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy's first shot was a 2-iron out of play. A relentless wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone Thursday at the Honda Classic except for Jim Herman, who somehow made it around PGA National without a bogey for a five-under-par 65 and a one-shot lead. McIlroy managed to salvage a tough day with by holing a 30-foot birdie putt and two-putting for birdie on the 18th hole for a three-over 73. It was his highest opening-round score to par since a three-over 74 at The Barclays seven months ago. And he didn't seem too bothered. The world's No. 1 player was competing for the...

Loading