2018 Honda Classic leaderboard, scores: Defending champ Rickie Fowler misses cut
The 17th hole was devastating on Friday at PGA National and tons of golfers paid the price
Luke List and Jamie Lovemark share the 36-hole lead at the Honda Classic on Friday evening after both shot 3-under 137 over the first two rounds. Those two are trailed by Webb Simpson (-2), Tommy Fleetwood (-2), Thomas Pieters (-1), Louis Oosthuizen (-1), Justin Thomas (-1) and Daniel Berger (-1).
Oh, and Tiger Woods (+1). It's been an eventful -- and difficult -- few days around PGA National. Here are five takeaways from the second round at the Honda Classic.
1. Rory and Rickie struggle: Defending champion Rickie Fowler missed the cut after shooting a 76 in Round 2 on Friday. Rory McIlroy stepped just inside the cut, but he fired his second straight 72 and is six strokes down for low Rory in the field (Rory Sabbatini is 2 under through two days). This course will beat you up and steal your lunch money if you're not consistent at the highest level, and two of the best in the game were the beneficiaries on Friday.
2. No. 17 is a war: The epitome of PGA National's bullying is hole No. 17. Tiger somehow made birdie, but he was one of the few to do so.
And No. 17 wasn't the only bear on Thursday and Friday. The entire stretch from No. 15-17 crushed the field and sent the cut line soaring to 6-over par.
3. Berger-Thomas showdown: If we don't get a Tiger run on the weekend, I'm here for the Berger-Thomas slugfest. Thomas is a superstar and he has a bag of wins to prove it. Berger is bordering on stardom with a Ryder Cup bid at the end of the year ready to validate his bid. Can he get there, though? He lost this tournament in a playoff a few years ago to Padraig Harrington, so he's literally been here before. But Thomas will not be an easy out. It would be enthralling to watch those two do battle near their homes for the first trophy of the Florida swing.
4. How impressive was Luke List's 66? List went out early and dropped a 66 that was 7.1 strokes better than the field average. Don't let the strokes to par numbers fool you -- it's all about how much better you were than your competitors. On the broadcast they mentioned that Tiger once went 89 consecutive rounds with a score better than the field average. That's astonishing, just like List was on Friday.
5. What a weekend: Even without Fowler, Saturday is going to rock. With the number of international players in the mix (Oosthuizen, Pieters, Fleetwood) combined with Thomas and Berger going at it combined with Tiger showing out, I couldn't be more excited for Saturday and Sunday afternoon. To exacerbate the madness, we have no clue what we're getting down the stretch here. If the first two days of wind were any indication, there are going to be more than a few lead changes coming home on Sunday. May the purest ball-striker win, and may Tiger at least be in the hunt until the very end.
Here are the rest of our notes from Round 2 on Friday.
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