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One back, Rory still dressed to kill at Honda

Posted on: March 2, 2012 6:13 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2012 6:14 pm

By Steve Elling

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- They might have carried it a shade too far.

A couple of 20-something fans donned wigs with faux brown, curly hair on Friday and headed to the Honda Classic to back their favorite player, Rory McIlroy.

I asked one a question about when McIlroy was set to start his second round at PGA National, and one guy responded, "I tee off at 12:20."

The front of their shirts read, "Kiss Me, I'm Rory."

McIlroy himself certainly wasn't dressed as anybody other than a future world slayer, shooting a 3-under 67 to remain very much in the picture as the next player to assume the world's No. 1 ranking.

McIlroy, 22, is 7 under through 36 holes and one stroke behind co-leaders Justin Rose and Tom Gillis. With a victory, he will climb to No. 1 next week, which was apparently the message his two fans wrote on the back of their shirts.

"It had next Monday morning's world rankings -- their prediction," McIlroy laughed, describing what he'd read on their backs.

McIlroy meandered around for much of the day, missing a few chances early and then taking a long ride on the par train, before making birdies on three of the last five holes.

"You don't need to make tons of birdies, but you need to keep big numbers off your card," McIlroy said. "I know I don't have to make all of them, just a few of them."

Others seemed to make nearly everything, which compolicates the weekend task considerably for McIlroy, who joined the PGA Tour this year. Three players shot 64 to tie the Champion Course record, then lefty rookie Brian Harman shot 61 to obliterate the course mark.

Harman, 25, moved up more than 100 spots on the leaderboard. More charges from the rear guard could be in the offing unless the weather stiffens.

"A 61 around here is very, very impressive," McIlroy said.

With the projected cut at 1 over as McIlroy finished, there were more than 70 players within nine strokes of the lead on a course that, because the trademark winds have largely laid down, isn't nearly as toothy as in years past.

Category: Golf

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:55 pm

One back, Rory still dressed to kill at Honda

Three of last year's major winners are now in the top ten.  Not too shabby!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:06 pm

One back, Rory still dressed to kill at Honda

Rory and Keegan played great.  Kyle Stanley perhaps running on fumes after all the excitement of the past month.

Graeme McDowell, John Huh, and Charl Schwartzel all sitting on -3.

Rory paired with 42-year-old tour veteran Dicky Pride.  Westwood paired with Woods again.  Keegan is playing with CHIII, who has really been consistent lately.

Harris English having a good tourney thus far.  Three consecutive bogies today, but still manged to shoot one-under.

Good stuff.

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