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McIlroy, Woods Look for Bouncebacks at Honda Classic

By February 25, 2013

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Last week wasn't a good one for superstars Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. Both were bounced out in the first round at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship.

But a week after being bounced out, both have chances for bouncebacks at this week's Honda Classic. Woods and McIlroy are both in the field. And tournament organizers must have their fingers crossed for something similar to last year's final round, when Woods closed with a 62, but McIlroy beat Tiger by two strokes for the title.

While Rory and Tiger bowed out early at the Match Play, the two finalists there - Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan - are both skipping the Honda. As are Phil Mickelson and Luke Donald. But there's still a stout field that includes Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Ryo Ishikawa, Matteo Manassero, Justin Rose, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen.

The LPGA Tour this week is in Singapore for the HSBC Women's Champions, where the defending champion is Angela Stanford.

There will be plenty of attention focused on Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen, the three players involved in an automobile accident in Bangkok on Sunday.

Inbee Park, coming off a win at the Honda LPGA Thailand, is in the field, as is 17-year-old Ariya Jutanugarn (on a sponsor exemption). Jutanugarn led Park by two strokes going to the final hole, but triple-bogied to lose by one. Michelle Wie also required a sponsor exemption to get into the field.

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February 27, 2013 at 7:42 am
(1) RBF says:

Rory Should keep his Big MOUNT Shut about Golf, he needs ho learn how to play before he talks.

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