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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy off to Pedestrian Starts at the Honda Classic

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Even par certainly doesn’t play anyone out of the tournament on Thursday, but it won’t put you at the top of the leaderboard either.

The world’s two best players according to world ranking find themselves in that exact position after today’s opening round at the Honda Classic.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy didn’t blow the doors off of today’s round, but by shooting even-par 70s, they are still alive with a lot of golf left.  McIlroy and Woods are six strokes behind leader Camilo Villegas, but if past history holds true, Villegas will crumble like a poorly balanced Jenga tower.

Woods and McIlroy, who are tied for 61st, each had two birdies and two bogeys in the round.  The two will certainly have different outlooks going into tomorrow however, as Woods turned at 2-over before rallying back to even par on the back nine, while McIlroy was 1-under going into the par-five 18th, which he bogeyed.

One of just two par-fives on the course, the 18th is by no means an easy hole, but McIlroy will certainly look to take better advantage of 18 during the next three days.

Woods, meanwhile, made several nice saves in his round, including one from the water on the par-four 6th.  The 6th was Tiger’s 15th hole of the day, (he started on the back nine) and the par save kept his momentum going.  Woods would birdie his next hole, the 226-yard par-three 7th.

Going into tomorrow, both players have a shot to move up (or down) the leaderboard.  The momentum is with Woods, because of the way he finished, but either player is capable of putting up a low number tomorrow at PGA National.

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