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McIlroy Misery as Henley Wins Four Man Play-Off

Well it was drama again last night on the PGA Tour, with another late finish and a four man play-off in the Honda Classic at the PGA National.

The day started with McIlroy leading the way with a two-shot lead over Russell Henley, and a quiet start didn’t see much change at the top of the leaderboard over the opening 6 holes.

Both were dropping the odd shot and making the odd birdie, but after the turn McIlroy began to lose his way and found himself coming right back to the pack.

Up ahead Scotland’s Russell Knox was scraping it around in a bid to win his first PGA Title as was American Ryan Palmer, but the bear trap was living up to its name, and lots of players were falling fail to the water on the tough 15th and 17th holes.

With Knox and Palmer getting in the clubhouse at 8 under par, McIlroy and Henley were standing on the par 5 18th seven and eight under par respectively.

Two good drives saw them both in the fairway, but Henley’s second went left of the green leaving him with a tough up and down for birdie.

McIlroy had 245 yards to the pin that was tucked way over to the right hand side of the green about 15 feet from the waters edge, and with his 3 wood in hand he hit the best shot of his life to within 15 feet, meaning that he would have that to the win the tournament after the torrid last few holes he had endured.

Henley fluffed his chip to within 20 feet of the hole and could only manage a two-putt leaving tied with Know and Palmer, leaving the door open and the scene set for McIlroy. Unfortunately the left to right putt dribbled past the right edge and back to the 18th tee the four men went.

Its was only Knox that missed the fairway in the first play-off hole as the other three were in perfect position off the tee, leaving him with a lay-up shot to around 115 yards.

Palmer’s second found the left rough, Henley hit a great 3-wood to the heart of the green and McIlroy went long into the back bunker with his 5-wood, and Knox was 20 feet away in three shots, Henley was looking favourite.

Palmer chipped down and never threatened the hole a left himself with a tough downhill putt, Knox missed his birdie putt and McIlroy could keep his bunker shot on the green, leaving Henley with a simple two-putt for victory.

It really was a thrilling last couple of hours of golf and to go along with the WGC Matchplay drama it really has been a great start to the season, and even more exciting is that the Masters is only a few weeks a way now!




Laird Wins By Two Over In-Form McIlroy

A superb win for Scotland’s Martin Laird late last night in the Texas Open has ensured that he will be travelling to Augusta this week to compete in the Masters which starts on Thursday.

Laird started the day five shots behind leader Billy Horschel, but was soon to catch up with four birdies early on on in his round.

It was Northern Irishman and No.2 in the world Rory McIlroy who ended up being Lairds nearest rival. McIlroy will be going into the Masters feeling a lot better after a good competitive week of golf and being in the last couple of groups once again.

Well Thursday is all set to be a great day in the golfing calender as we see the start of one of my favourite tournaments in the world.















Fichardt Wobbles To Victory In Africa

Well it wasn’t all plane sailing for South African’s Darren Fichardt, after looking like he was on his way to a comfortable win he managed to make hard work of it by bogeying three of the last four holes, but finally came away with a two shot victory over Jaco Van Zyl and  Grégory Bourdy to keep the African Open trophy firmly in South African hands for another year.

Fichardt started the day tied at the top of the leaderboard with Van Zyl but found himself four shots clear midway through the round but Van Zyl couldn’t capitalise on Fichardt’s late bogey run and it was a comfortable victory in the end.

This week it’s the WGC-Accenture Matchplay in Arizona where a 64-man field will battle it out at the Ritz-Carlton golf club where Rory McIlroy is bidding to win his first World Golf Championship title and look to put the bad start to his season behind him.