Noren shoots 66, shares lead at The Honda Classic

PGA The Honda Classic- First Round

PGA The Honda Classic- First Round

Last year, Ricky Fowler began the final round with a four shot lead, struggled on the front nine, then recovered down the stretch to retain the margin for a big victory. The 2010 US Open victor will no doubt be disappointed at the collapse, but he can draw confidence from his opening three rounds, while he has a decent record at the Honda Classic, registering four top-10 finishes in seven years. Where there's not a bunker, there's thick, juicy rough to penalize wayward shots. His ball landed in the water and McIlroy dropped into a tie for 56th at 2-over after taking a double bogey. Woods is T-20 alongside 15 others.

Oh, it's a par 70 as well so his third place in Par 4 Scoring Average adds to the mix. "Usually feel pretty comfortable here", he said previous year. We've taken a look at who you should be keeping your eyes on.

He's not flashy and generally plays in the shadow of fellow players Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, k and Ricky Fowler, but Justin Thomas is quietly putting together another strong and consistent season.

"I'm trying to get better, more efficient at what I'm doing", Woods said.

Friday likely won't get much easier.

Simpson turned in an equally impressive round during the afternoon wave. Thus, the four-time major champion would love to see himself on top of the Honda Classic leaderboard this coming Sunday.

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"My diet is now extremely strict but I feel good now, I have a lot of energy", Hoffman said. "Anything under par and day out here is really good".

Thomas is fourth in the world rankings. He acknowledged being exhausted coming off the West Coast Swing, but posted his lowest career round at PGA National on Thursday. He's never missed the cut in five appearances at The Honda Classic and should serve as a reliable mid-tier option. He missed the cut in this tournament a year ago.

"I'm just learning how to play tournament golf again, and unfortunately I've made some mistakes, and that's just part of it", he said.

Every major player is at least a few tournaments deep into their 2018 season, and it's time to play for keeps. He gave a shot back with a bogey on the 16th hole after hitting his approach into a green-side bunker, making his turn at 1-under 34.

Defending Champion Rickie Fowler heads back to the opening event of the Florida swing at PGA National with a solid record (a win and T6 in his last two starts here) as Tiger Woods will tee up in back-to-back tournaments. Instead, the 42-year-old made birdie at the 4th and was narrowly denied a move back under par on his penultimate hole.

It's a small sample size, of course - seven rounds - but Woods didn't hesitate in declaring this "easily" his best ball-striking round of the year.

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