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In his first 377 profession holes at PGA National Rory McIlroy had exactly zero eagles.
On his 378th he needed one of them to win his second Honda Traditional in three years and he had an important look.
After a ridiculous 245-yard 5-wood to eleven ft that doubled as in all probability the shot of the season on the PGA Tour, McIlroy missed his eagle putt on the low side and eventually fell in a 4-method playoff to Russell Henley.
It was a strange day for McIlroy (and in general) as he shot a 74 that included 5 bogeys and a double bogey and that shot on No. 18 that should be in some sort of museum somewhere.
The win would have been McIlroy's seventh on the PGA Tour and would have made him the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win seven PGA Tour occasions earlier than his twenty fifth birthday.
It was the first time (in 5 tries) because the 2011 Masters he hadn't closed out a fifty four-gap lead.
He knew he didn't get the job performed at closing time, although. He advised NBC he nearly felt dangerous about being in a playoff.
"Even when I had received, it could have felt a little bit bit undeserved," said McIlroy.
As an alternative it was Henley who joined McIlroy, Patrick Reed, and Harris English as the one golfers younger than 25 with more than one win on the PGA Tour.
It will get him within the Masters, as nicely, a match he said earlier this week he "thinks about every single day."
After his round Henley told NBC his second win (and first on the mainland United States) was surreal.
"I do not know what is going on on proper now," stated Henley. "The crowd right this moment was nothing like I've ever skilled." His personality is as excessive-strung as his game.
And it isn't precisely as if Henley simply roasted the course on this weird Sunday. His 72 was tied for the 32nd greatest round on the day however it was sufficient on a day when PGA Nationwide confirmed its tooth. The four golfers in the playoff were a combined 3 over on the day.
Not precisely the fourth round dart-fest we think of after we see the "these guys are good" commercials. However the drama was enough to satiate a golf fan's urge for food until the following great occasion which occurs to be subsequent week at Doral.
Till then, listed below are our grades for the Honda Classic:
|A||Russell Henley dunked his tee shot at the par-3 15th hole and doubtless thought he was completed. A par-par end obtained him within the playoff, although. And a birdie took him home.|
|A||That 5-wood from Rory McIlroy on No. 18, I simply, I do not know when I am going to recover from it. It was legendary.|
|A||Sergio Garcia had a terrific backdoor top 10 on Sunday with a Spherical four-best 67. He is another guy who barely made the reduce and went 68-67 on the weekend and jumped 34 spots on the final day.|
|B||Adam Scott was steady with nothing over a 70 this week on the Honda Traditional. A nice T12 finish from anyone who hadn't played golf in practically two months.|
|B||Another stable week for Rickie Fowler. He went sixty nine-sixty nine-69-70 and after two straight solid tournaments I believe Fowler has a win on the horizon.|
|C||Lee Westwood went 68-65 in his first two rounds to get close to the top of the leaderboard. Then he went seventy three-seventy four on the weekend and stumbled to a T46 end.|
|I||Weird week for Tiger Woods. He barely made the lower, shot 65 on Saturday to jump again within the dialog, then withdrew with a foul again on Sunday.|