Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Alex Noren, Webb Simpson weather wind, share Honda Classic lead

Alex Noren, Webb Simpson weather wind, share Honda Classic lead

Alex Noren and Webb Simpson tamed windy conditions at PGA National on Thursday to shoot 4-under rounds of 66 and share the first-round lead at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The course is a Par 70 and is not long, measuring out 7,140 yards.

"Obviously last year Sergio (Garcia) had won a tournament beforehand, Danny Willett the year before had won a tournament, but I don't think it's necessary", McIlroy told the media on Wednesday. Woods' short game is still tidy, but he said that his iron play is vastly improved, and it needed to be, given the challenging conditions in the first round.

Tiger Woods only confirmed last week that he'll play in the 2018 Honda Classic (February 22nd-25th), presumably encouraged by how he's holding up to PGA Tour play, physically.

So, who should you be targeting this week?

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Rickie FowlerFowler is a no-brainer option for anyone drafting in the first round. You would put him longer, not much longer, but definitely longer. Nicklaus is the only player to win the tournament in consecutive tries, having accomplished the feat in 1977 and 1978.

The 28-year-old had played his first eight holes in seven over par but later admitted that was "no excuse" for quitting as he struggled to get to grips with his new equipment following his multi-million dollar deal with Nike.

Honda Classic executive director Ken Kennerly talks about the annual golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens
Honda Classic executive director Ken Kennerly talks about the annual golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens

Once again draped in a sea of fans, Woods was grateful for the support, and enjoyed playing near his current hometown.

Rory McIlroyIf Fowler goes number one in your snake draft, McIlroy will likely go next. When he's on top of his game, he's probably the most talented golfer in the world. While he was back in his own bed last Saturday after missing the cut by four shots in last week's Genesis Open north of Los Angeles, his latest test, however disappointing, wasn't a total washout.

We finally leave the West Coast and take a trip down to Florida for the 2018 Honda Classic.

Gary WoodlandWoodland checks a lot of boxes this week.

Due to the wraparound season, they all count on this year's FedEx Cup and the American left-hander sits 13th on that list.

Daniel BergerBerger grew up right down the road and played collegiate golf at Florida State, so he should be comfortable here. He missed all of 2016 with back trouble and a comeback bid in 2017 was thwarted by further back pain that led to spinal fusion surgery last April.

Tyrell Hatton: Finished T3 in his last start in Dubai, T15 in Abu Dhabi the week before and hasn't finished outside of the top 20 in his last 10 starts (which includes back-to-back victories on the European Tour). If that's not decent enough form, Knox did finish third in the 2015 Honda Classic and runner-up in the 2014 Honda Classic.

Ohio River on its ways back up
Joseph River closed down a waste-water treatment plant for several hours in South Bend, a city of about 100,000 residents. Our meteorologists say rainfall, heavy at times, will continue to be seen Thursday afternoon and through Thursday night.

Highest-performing Porsche GT3 RS ever unveiled
The chassis upgrades from the GT2 RS come in the form of new solid ball joints on all control arms and revised spring rates. The result: The 2019 911 GT3 RS produces more than twice as much downforce as the regular 911 GT3 at 124 miles per hour .

GOP mega-donor Adelson offers to pay for part of Jerusalem embassy
The PLO official said the USA decision clearly contradicts worldwide law and consensus on the legal status of Jerusalem. The relocation date announced on February 23 is sooner than had originally been suggested by USA officials.

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