March 3 2011
How difficult has scoring been in the opening round of The Honda Classic? Well, the course is playing two full strokes harder than any other course has this season with a ridiculously high scoring average of 73.779 -- more than 3 1/2 strokes above par.
A big part of that story -- aside from the high winds -- was the Bear Trap. The 15th, 16th and 17th holes played as the third, fourth and most difficult holes on the course, respectively.
The par-3 15th, for example, has played to a scoring average of 3.493 with just 12 birdies, 17 tee shots in the water and only eight one-putts.
The par-4 16th was only slightly easier -- it played to a 4.382 average but yielded just 10 birdies. Thirteen balls found the water and there were 15 three-putts.
And the par-3 17th hole? An incredible 29 balls have found the water so far. Only eight birdies have been made there all day and the hole is playing to an average of 3.688.