PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy’s first PGA Tour event in five months lasted only two days.
His road to the Masters hit a speed bump Friday in the Honda Classic when the world’s No. 1 player managed only one birdie in the rain, stumbled badly down the stretch and headed home for the weekend after a 4-over 74, the first time in nearly a year he had consecutive rounds over par. He shot 73 on Friday.
The cut officially will not be made until Saturday because of a rain delay of nearly four hours, though he knew the score. And he wasn’t happy about it.
”I don’t like missing cuts,” McIlroy said. ”You want to be playing on the weekend, and I’m not there. I’m not going to be playing this weekend, which is not nice.”
It was pleasant enough for Patrick Reed, who recovered from a double bogey early in his round by playing bogey-free the rest of the way for another 67. He was the clubhouse leader at 6-under 134. None of the late starters had enough light to play more than 12 holes before the second round was suspended by darkness. Brendan Steele birdied all four holes he played and was at 8 under.
CHONBURI, Thailand (AP) – American Stacy Lewis opened a three-stroke lead in the Honda LPGA Thailand, shooting an 8-under 64 on Siam Country Club’s Pattaya Old Course.
The third-ranked Lewis, a three-time winner last year, had a 14-under 130 total.
South Korea’s Amy Yang was second after a 66.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, Germany’s Caroline Masson and South Korea’s Jenny Shin and Mirim Lee were 8 under. Masson and Shin shot 66, and Jutanugarn and Lee had rounds of 69.
Michelle Wie was 5 under after a 66.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South Africa’s Wallie Coetsee shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the second round of the Joburg Open.
Coetsee played Royal Johannesburg and Kensington’s West Course after opening with a 6-under 66 on the East Course, the site of the final two round.
South Africa’s Garth Mulroy and Tjaart Van der Walt and England’s Simon Dyson were tied for second. Dyson shot 67, Mulroy 68 and Van der Walt 69 – all on the East Course.