The Honda Classic took place this past weekend and it was much like a pot of gumbo.  It had everything imaginable in it.  This was one of the most exciting tournaments you will see all year. 

Let’s start with the elephant in the room – Rory McIlroy.

Rory was your 54 hole leader going into Sunday.  The operative word there being… “was”.  Tiger Woods ended up withdrawing from the tournament with back spasms on the back nine of the Sunday start.  His agent says he is up in the air on this week’s tournament.  Let’s fast forward to the Sunday finish. 

Rory had a chance to win it all by reaching the 18th par 5 in two and had a 12 foot eagle putt to win it in regulation but, he missed.  That miss forced a four-way tie between himself, Russell Knox, Russell Henley and Ryan Palmer.  So, extra holes had to be played.  Everyone made it into the fairway on the 19th hole except Ryan Palmer.  

Only two players made it to the green in two neither being Rory.  Rory’s ball landed in the green side bunker.  I know what you’re thinking… “Bee Gee the one-time number one ranked player in the world still has a chance.”  You’re right but, not so fast.  Rory’s chip from the green-side bunker went sailing it the fringe thus, leaving him with a really sensitive chip.  The young UGA Bulldog Russell Henley was one of the two to make it on the green.  Leaving him with a two-putt to birdie the hole and possibly win it. 

As fate would have it the young 24 year old Russell Henley sinks the birdie putt to win the Honda Classic.

You’re probably thinking…”Bee Gee what is so special about that”.  Well, aside from him winning another PGA tournament the win made him one of only 3 other players to have multiple wins on the PGA Tour before the age of 25.  That’s all for now folks until next time…


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