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Sunday's Final Round Three-Putt

Mar 02, 2014 -- 10:36pm
By: Pratik Patel
ESPN 106.3 Reporter
Twitter: @PPatel1063

Brooks Koepka (Cardinal Newman) and Derek Fathauer (Martin County)

  • Both area natives had a fairly unimpressive final round. Koepka parred seven of the first nine holes, Fathauer six of the nine. 
  • Koepka at least made the back nine a bit more exciting, putting in three birdies, including two in the Bear Trap.
  • Fathauer was not as fortunate. He never shot better than par on any given hole today, finishing +5 on the day and +2 for the tournament. 
  • Fathauer caused quite a scare early on when he striped one to the right of the green on hole four. The ball went in to the gallery and struck a man directly atop his head. He immediately went to the ground and promptly received medical attention. There was more blood than should be described:
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  • Fathauer did tell ESPN West Palm after his round how exciting it was to have the “home fans” of his friends and family out to support him: “It’s been unbelievable being able to hear my name on every hole, every shot. I don’t know if they’re being overserved or what, but it’s been fun.”

TigerWatch

  • While Tiger ended up withdrawing after the thirteenth hole, he certainly showed signs of distress from the get-go: a lot of stretching attempts, none of his post-drive leans we’ve grown accustomed to seeing as he tries to direct the ball with his mind, a couple of grimacing expressions after wedges. 
  • Not only was Tiger physically absent, it seemed as though he had checked out mentally as well. The demeanor shifted as the day progressed. He started out his regular aggressive self, but eventually looked as if he would rather be doing a crossword on a beach somewhere. 
  • He was +5 through the front nine and despite parring 10-13, Tiger ultimately decided he couldn’t take any more. Many will argue that its for the best considering he wasn’t within striking range of the lead, but Woods' withdrawal has unfortunately taken all attention from what ended up being an incredible finish.

Rory TRACKIlroy

  • The meltdown was a smooth one. 
  • After coming into the final round with a one-stroke lead at -12, the Palm Beach Gardens resident found himself in a tough situation late in the round. Rory let a two-stroke lead slip away from him by reversing out of first place. He double-bogeyed 16 and then on 17, missed a five-foot par putt and ended up bogeying that hole as well. 
  • So, for those of you keeping score at home, Rory just went from two-up at 16 to one back at -7 heading to 18. 
  • Ryan Palmer had finished up a few groups ahead at -8. 
  • Russell Knox, in the pairing just before McIlroy’s, parred his last four holes to stay at -8 as well. 
  • The second half of McIlroy’s pairing, eventual winner Russell Henley, parred his last three to finish at -8.
  • Now McIlroy, knowing he needed an all-or-nothing shot if he wanted a chance, metaled from the middle of the fairway on the par-five 18 over the water and onto the green (rather than sticking to the fairway and then making the turn right). A masterful shot out of desperation done SO well. Within fifteen feet of the pin.
  • McIlroy, again, at -7, had only taken his tee shot and two fairway drives to get to the green. This putt, for eagle, would win the tournament. A birdie would put him into the mix of a four-way playoff. 
  • His putt ends up trailing just right of the hole. Half of the crowd gave the most overwhelming “AWW!” I’ve ever heard. The rest of the audience? Chanting Henley’s name and U!-S!-A! over and over.

2014 Honda Classic Local Tracker

Mar 02, 2014 -- 7:00pm
Track the Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast residents competing in the 2014 Honda Classic right here (in order of score) 
 
Rory McIlroy
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens
Sunday Tee Time: 1:40 PM
R1: -7 (63) 
R2: -4 (66)
R3: -1 (69)
R4:  +4 (74)
Overall: -8
 
Will MacKenzie
Residence: Jupiter
Sunday Tee Time: 12:32 PM
R1: -3 (67) 
R2: -2 (68) 
R3: -1 (69)
R4: E (70)
Overall: -6
 
Luke Donald
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens
Sunday Tee Time: 1:10 PM
R1: -3 (67)  
R2: -2 (68) 
R3: - 2 (68)
R4: +2 (72)
Overall: -5

 

Keegan Bradley

Residence: Jupiter

Sunday Tee Time: 1:20 pm

R1: -1 (69) 
R2: -2 (68) 
R3: -4 (66)
R4: +3 (73)
Overall: -4

 
Fredrik Jacobson
Residence: Hobe Sound
Sunday Tee Time: 12:14 PM
R1:-1 (69)
R2: -1 (69)
R3: -3 (67)
R4: +1 (71)
Overall: -4
 
Rickie Fowler
Residence: Jupiter
Sunday Tee Time: 10:44 AM
R1: -1 (69) 
R2: -1 (69)
R3: -1 (69)
R4: E (70)
Overall: -3

Brooks Koepka
Residence: Wellington (Cardinal Newman alum)
Sunday Tee Time: 10:53 AM
R1: +1 (71) 
R2: -2 (68)
R3: -2 (68)
R4: +1 (71) 
Overall: -2
 

Lee Westwood

Residence: Palm Beach Gardens
Sunday Tee Time: 11:11 AM
R1: -2 (68) 
R2: -7 (65) 
R3: +3 (73)
R4: +4 (74)
Overall: E

 
Camilo Villegas
Residence: Jupiter
Sunday Tee Time: 10:08 AM
R1: +1 (71) 
R2: -2 (68)
R3: -1 (69)
R4: +1 (71)
Overall: -1
 

Tiger Woods
Residence: Jupiter Island
Sunday Tee Time: 12:23 PM
R1: +1 (71) 
R2:  -1 (70)
R3: -5 (65)
R4: +5 (WD)
Overall: E
 
Derek Fathauer
Residence: Jensen Beach (Martin County alum)
Sunday Tee Time: 10:53 AM
R1: -3 (67) 
R2: +1 (71)
R3: -1 (69)
R4:  +5 (75)
Overall: +2
 
Justin Hicks
Residence: Royal Palm Beach
Sunday Tee Time: 8:29AM
R1: E (70)  
R2: E (70) 
R3: +1 (71)
R4: +3 (73) 
Overall: +4
 
Ken Duke
Residence: Palm City
Sunday Tee Time: 8:29 AM
R1: -2 (68)
R2:  +1 (71) 
R3: +2 (72)
R4:  +3 (73) 
Overall: +4

Mark Calcavecchia
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens
R1: -1 (69) 
R2: E (70) 
R3: +3 (73)
R4:
Overall: +2 (Missed Cut)
 
Morgan Hoffman
Residence: Jupiter
R1: +1 (71) 
R2:  E (70) 
R3:
R4:
Overall: +1 (Missed Cut)
 
Scott Langley
Residence: Singer Island
R1: E (70) 
R2: +1 (71)
R3:
R4:
Overall: +1 (Missed Cut) 
 
Briny Baird 
Residence: Jupiter
R1: +9 (79) 
R2: E (70) 
R3:
R4:
Overall: +9 (Missed Cut) 
 
Alan Morin
Residence: Royal Palm Beach
R1: E (70)
R2: +11 (81)
R3:
R4:
Overall: +11 (Missed Cut) 
 
Jesper Parnevik
Residence: Jupiter
R1: +6 (76) 
R2: +5 (75)
R3:
R4:
Overall: +11 (Missed Cut) 
 
 

Saturday's #RoryTrackIlory

Mar 02, 2014 -- 9:14am
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
 
ESPN 106.3’s Ken LaVicka was inside the ropes with Palm Beach Gardens resident Rory McIlroy on Saturday afternoon at PGA National, coverage we called #RoryTrackIlroy. McIlory entered the day with one shot lead at -11 and finished the day with a two shot advantage at -12. Here are 10 inside observations from McIlroy’s third round:
 
-McIlroy’s birdie-par-birdie start seems splendid at face value, but it could’ve been better thanks to a missed opportunity on the 3rd, a moment that set the tone for a day that saw McIlroy unable to push things into a different gear. After a gorgeous approach on the par-5 3rd that put him on the green in two, McIlroy misread a nine-foot eagle putt and had to settle for birdie. This looms large with McIlroy hanging on to his two-shot Sunday lead.
 
-The par-4 6th was one to forget for McIlroy. After a huge tee shot he pulled his approach left and short of the green and couldn’t recover. He never looked comfortable as he prepared for his six-foot par putt and pushed it right. He was never the same after that.
 
-McIlroy’s worst shot of the day led to, perhaps, his most important sequence of the tournament. On the par-3 7th, McIlroy’s first shot flew the green and landed in thick brush 30 yards from the pin. His lie was unplayable and suddenly McIlroy was facing his third shot from off the green. He flopped a brilliant wedge off of the inclined lip of the green and rolled it to within 10 feet. Buckets. A gutsy bogey save despite falling back down to -11. That could’ve been significantly worse.
 
-Rory appeared to unleash some steam on 9 when he destroyed a drive down the middle of the fairway. He skipped out of tee box muttering to himself. That was also when the gallery really began to swell around the McIlroy-deJonge pairing, and the Northern Ireland native seemed to thrive off of that. His driver was outstanding for the duration of the afternoon.
 
-In a funny moment, McIlroy blasted his drive on 10 off of a tree branch and it proceeded to ricochet deep down the fairway, a good 90 yards past deJonge’s strong drive. As he was walking to his ball (which took forever), McIlroy flexed his biceps to the crowd to raucous applause. Rory was still loose despite some struggles, a vast difference from 2013 Rory.
 
-We’re discussing Rory’s great chances at a second Honda Classic championship because of what happened at 12 on Saturday. McIlroy hadn’t birdied since the missed eagle chance at the 3rd and was stuck in a par rut, but a massive drive on 12 turned into a beautiful sky-high iron approach that planted five feet from the pin. Rory calmly made the putt, able to fight through the putting woes that plagued him all day.
 
-The result on the 12th is super important because of what took place on 14. Minutes after Russell Henley crammed home a 150 foot wedge for eagle to vault into second place at -9, McIlroy blew a six-foot putt to save par. If it weren’t for the expertly played 12th, McIlroy is clinging to a one-shot lead with very little confidence left.
 
-McIlroy polished off a calm birdie on 16 only to head to 17 tee to watch his sudden nemesis Henley stuff a 50-foot birdie putt to pull back to within two shots. McIlroy briefly looked to the ground after Henley made the bomb and the fans in the soaring arena-style seating surrounding the tee box went bonkers.
 
-Rory came mere inches away from dramatic, tournament-clinching birdies on 17 and 18. He curled a 35-footer around the left edge at the par-3 17th as the massive throng of fans around the green unleashed a vociferous “NO!” that rang throughout the course. Rory dropped his putter in disbelief. On 18, his 20+ foot birdie try had the right distance but stayed an inch left. A -12 round that had every opportunity to be -14 or -15.
 
-A Honda Classic lead and a visit from tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki at the scorer’s trailer. Not bad.
 

Martin County alum Derek Fathauer making most of Honda Classic opportunity

Mar 01, 2014 -- 7:22am
By: Ken LaVicka
ESPN 106.3 Staff Writer
Twitter: @KLV1063
 
Web.com Tour staple Derek Fathauer may not be a name familiar to PGA Tour fans, but he certainly looks like he belongs with golf’s household names through two days of the Honda Classic.
 
An alum of Martin County High School, Fathauer didn’t make the field until Monday and has put together rounds of 67 and 71 to earn an unlikely weekend appearance at PGA National.
 
He sits at -2, nine back of leader Rory McIlory.
 
“It has been quick and a little hectic arranging things for everybody, but I kind of got settled in and comfortable,” he said on Friday.
 
You don’t say.
 
Fathauer may feel comfy now, but it’s pretty accurate to say that he has had to grind to get to his 10:02 Saturday tee time at the Honda Classic.
 
After starring on the links at Martin County, Fathauer put together a successful college stint as an amateur at Louisville. He appeared as if he was going to blast onto the scene after qualifying late for the 2008 US Open and making the cut at Torrey Pines, but he hasn’t been able to fully turn the corner and is entering his third straight year on the Web.com Tour.
 
Fathauer played in 20 Web.com events last year, but only pulled in a little over $36,000 in winnings, good for 125th on the tour. It’s safe to say his outlook for 2014 is looking just a tad brighter.
 
Just over a week removed from an 8th place finish at the Pacific Rubiales Colombia Championship, earning him more than half of his total winnings from 2013 ($19,500), Fathauer came to Palm Beach Gardens and snuck into the Honda Classic field during a Monday qualifier.
 
After learning he was going to be playing in a PGA Tour event in his own backyard, he predictably received a rush of ticket requests, many of which he just couldn’t fill. It didn’t stop a sizable group of former friends and classmates from following him hole-for-hole during Friday’s second round.
 
Throughout the morning and into the afternoon, a growing Martin County contingent backing Fathauer grew in numbers and in decibel level, especially after birdies on the 12th and 14th featuring dazzling long distance putts. Adding to the full throttle local support was Cardinal Newman High School graduate Brooks Koepka, one of Fathauer's early round playing partners. It made for an electric atmosphere.
 
“It’s pretty fun,” said Fathauer. “You hear all sorts of stuff.  You kind of block it out but you still want to acknowledge them.
 
“I got some tickets for some of them, but a lot of friends had to pay to come and watch me and I think that’s pretty awesome.”
 
Fathauer wasn’t nearly as spectacular on Friday as he was on Thursday, but the hard part is done. He’s into the weekend and he’s simply playing with house money at this point.
 
“I won’t be pressing at all. I’m just going to stick to my game plan. Maybe I’ll be a little more aggressive. This is bonus for me. I don’t have status out here. This is bonus money out here, so go for it.”
 
Fathauer is planning to depart for South America following his round on Sunday to begin preparation for next week’s Web.com Tour Chile Classic. Though he’s a long shot to be at the top of the Honda Classic leaderboard, he can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe, he won’t have to get on that flight.
 
“Who knows? Catch fire this weekend and maybe I don’t go down there,” pondered the soft-spoken Fathauer, with a big grin.
 
Hey, why not? He’s already defied the odds to this point.
 
 

Round 1 TigerWatch

Feb 27, 2014 -- 11:16pm
By: Pratik Patel
ESPN 106.3 Reporter

Twitter: @PPatel1063

 
Honda Classic Round 1 TigerWatch
  • Tiger Woods , as usual, came into the round with a pretty serious demeanor but seemed to eventually loosen up. Maybe it was the weather clearing up or him getting further into the first round, but it could very much be his budding friendship with Keegan Bradley. I joked on Twitter about them becoming “BFFs” but they were chit-chatting during, after and on the way to just about every hole today.
  • In terms of the actual performance, Tiger certainly lacked. While his drives and approaches were impressive on the front nine, the Jupiter Island resident’s putting was forgettable. 
  • Tiger parred each of the first eight holes and birdied nine. Each of those first eight holes started with a great drive or approach shot and ended the same way: a two-putt finale for par.
  • Even towards the end of the front nine when Tiger’s drives were beginning to fail him (shots far right into the rough and even into the trees between holes five and eight), the approach shots were bailing him out. The biggest issue, however, remained the same: the putting wasn’t getting any better. 
  • Tiger landed the green within 20 feet of the pin on the first four holes. The first two ended with Tiger two-putting after falling a foot or two short on the first attempt. The second two saw balls miss just to the right of the hole.

The Rest of the Group

  • Zach Johnson somehow went from a round to forget to a round to remember. 
  • The group started on the tenth and Johnson shot an eight on the par-four 11th. That’s a quadruple bogey for those of you keeping track at home. 
  • BUT, since the debacle on the eleventh, Johnson went on a tear, birdying four of five to end the front nine and making the turn at -1. 
  • Jupiter’s Keegan Bradley held a share of the lead at one point, sitting at -3 through six holes. 
  • Bradley had an excellent front nine. Never had to battle any bad drives and only came up short on two putts from within striking range.

Tiger Woods commits to Honda Classic

Feb 06, 2014 -- 5:16pm

*****PRESS RELEASE*******

Tiger Woods, the No. 1 Player in the World Golf Rankings, has committed to compete in the 2014 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event that will be played February 24-March 2 at PGA National Resort & Spa.

 

It is the third consecutive year that Woods, who finished second at The Honda in 2012, has played the tournament, which is contested just 20 minutes from his Jupiter Island home.

 

"The Honda Classic is close to my home, and I want to support it whenever I can," Woods said. "We have a Learning Center at Murray Middle School in Stuart (Florida), and this event does so much to help the community, including the efforts of the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation."

 

Woods finished tied for 37th at The Honda in 2013. The year before, he made a frantic charge with an eight-under par 62 on Sunday, but finished two strokes short of Rory McIlroy.

 

"Tiger has meant so much to The Honda Classic since his move to Palm Beach County," Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. "As a result of the support from Tiger and the other top players in the world, our attendance has risen from 112,000 in 2011 to 171,000 last year. Our charitable contributions to the local community have gone from $1,266,422 after the 2011 tournament to $2.13 million last year.

 

"The growth of The Honda has meant so much to the area charities and the golf fans that enjoy watching Tiger and Rory and the other great players compete. We couldn't be more thrilled to learn that Tiger will be playing The Honda again this year."

 

Woods' official commitment is The Honda's fifth so far from a player in the Top 10 in the World Golf rankings. He joins second-ranked Adam Scott, the defending Masters champion, No. 6  Zach Johnson, No. 7 Rory McIlroy and ninth-ranked Sergio Garcia as early commitments into the field. Players have until Friday February 21st at approximately 6 p.m. to commit into the field.

 

Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champ who also won the RBC Heritage Classic in 2013 and is now ranked No. 15, also has committed along with Charl Schwartzel (No. 18),   Hideki Matsuyama (No. 22), Thomas Bjorn (No. 24), Jamie Donaldson (No. 27), Lee Westwood (No. 29), Louis Oosthuizen (No. 30), Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (No. 38), Patrick Reed (No. 45), Martin Kaymer (No. 47), and Chris Kirk (No. 49).

 

Other players who have committed include Robert Allenby, 1997 Honda champ Stuart Appleby, two-time Honda winner Mark Calcavecchia (1987 and 1998), Stewart Cink, Erik Compton, Retief Goosen, 2005 champ Padraig Harrington, Dudley Hart, Charles Howell III, Trevor Immelman, Sean O'Hair, 2011 Honda champ Rory Sabbatini, 1999 Honda champion Vijay Singh, Boo Weekley, Mike Weir, 2007 Honda champion Mark Wilson and 2009 Honda champion Y.E. Yang.

 

Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2014 Honda Classic are on sale at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 1-866-846-6328.  Proceeds from The Honda Classic, an IMG-managed event, benefit Children's Healthcare Charity, which awarded a record $2.13 million to South Florida children's charities in 2013

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