NeSmith makes ace at The Honda Classic
February 27, 2020
By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
- Matthew NeSmith is coming off a top-10 finish at the Puerto Rico Open. (Getty Images)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Matthew NeSmith was even par on PGA National’s par-3s in Thursday’s first round of The Honda Classic.
He had an eventful day on the four holes, though. There was a hole-in-one on the 186-yard, fifth hole and a double-bogey on the opening hole of the Bear Trap, the 165-yard, 15th.
“The wind was really hard off the left, I just kind of punched a 5-iron and cut it up into the wind a little bit, and it landed a foot or so on the front of the green and had the perfect amount of little left spin and went right in the middle,” NeSmith said.
He bogeyed the next hole, then made eight consecutive pars before making double-bogey on 15. He parred the final three holes to shoot 1-over 71.
“I got caught by the wind on 15, but I played really solid,” NeSmith said. “It's just kind of tough to get a ton of looks. … I feel pretty happy with it. It's just live and survive, basically.”
A cold front blew through Florida on Wednesday evening and led to cool, windy conditions that put some teeth in PGA National.
NeSmith’s score was more than a stroke below the morning wave’s scoring average. Tom Lewis shot 4-under 66 to lead after the morning wave.
NeSmith arrived at PGA National on the heels of a T6 at last week’s Puerto Rico Open. The rookie has made seven consecutive cuts. His worst finish in his last six starts is T32. He ranks 62nd in the FedExCup.