Submitted by George Hines
Tiger Woods makes his first entry as a pro in the Honda Classic. 2012, already successful winning the AT & T golf Tournament now the PGA shifts to he Florida coast. The host of the Honda Classic will be the PGA National Champions Course in Tiger Woods own back yard.
The Champions Course has been updated in 2002 by the hands of the golf master. Jack Nicklaus recently and is well known for a three hole stretch (15,16,17) “The Bear Trap”. The 7,048 yard layout will truly be a challenge to the 112 ASG, PGA golfers for this challenge.
With mention of Tiger Woods other favorites would be Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy,Mark Wilson,Chad Scwartzel,Lee Westwood, Fredrik Jacobson, Keegan Bradley, John Rollins,Justin Rose and Robert Allenby.
Stephen Ames, Canada buoyed by 5 birdies took the lead in the first day of play. His 67 led five other golf notables with under par rounds. Charl Schwartzel, South Africa followed with a 68, -2. Ben Crane, Chad Campbell, Brenden Steele and Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland followed at -1, 69.
Charl Schwartzel moved into first on Friday with a 67 at -5. Jim Furyk collected 6 birdies balanced by 3 bogeys and Chad Campbell trailed our leader by two strokes at -3. Brian Gay, Billy Mayfair and Ben Crane trailed at -1.
Tiger Woods burst on the scene on Saturday with a eye opening 63 ,30/33 with 7 birdies and an eagle on the 604 yd par 5 18th. Brian Gay fired a 66 to stay close by -1 with Charl Schwartzel slipping a bit to -4.
Tigers big stats 4th @73.2 Fairway %; 2nd in Drive Distances @ 304; 4th in GIR@ 70.8; and 5th in Putts GIR @ 1.706 carried his Sunday action pulling away at -7 to win over Retief Goosen by 3 strokes and Charl Schwartzel and 4 strokes.