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The Tour Report

March 4 2012

5:38 PM

Live updates: News, notes, more

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- The final round of The Honda Classic is in the books. Check below for updates, news and more from Sunday at PGA National. FINAL-ROUND UPDATES (All times ET) | Final leaderboard 5:38 p.m.: Slow and steady won the race for Rory McIlroy. It wasn't flashy down the stretch, but it didn't have to be as McIlroy parred his last five holes -- scrambling on three of them -- to hold off Tom Gillis and Tiger Woods to win The Honda Classic. McIlroy will move to No. 4 in the race for the FedExCup and No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with his victory at PGA National. 5:15 p.m.: Rory McIlroy makes yet another up-and-down for par on the 17th hole. He heads to the par-5 18th needing just a bogey to secure a victory at PGA National. 5:05 p.m.: Two holes into the Bear Trap and Rory McIlroy's two-shot lead remains intact. After scrambling for par on No. 15, Mcilroy had a routine par on the 16th. He's off to the tough 186-yard par-3 17th. 4:35 p.m.: Rory McIlroy has entered the Bear Trap, where trying to hold onto his two-shot lead over Tiger Woods, who is already in with a 62. McIlroy has played the 15th, 16th and 17th holes in a combined 3 under this week with three birdies and no bogeys. If he can get through there in even par today, he’ll likely win. 4:12 p.m.: Things just got a lot more interesting at PGA National. Tiger Woods holed an 8-foot eagle putt on the 18th to cap a final-round 62 and take the clubhouse lead at PGA National. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy was rolling home an 8-foot putt of his own -- for birdie -- on the par-4 13th to push back to 12 under. 3:59 p.m.: Rory McIlroy found his first bump in the road Sunday at PGA National when he bogeyed the par-4 12th hole. Losing that shot, McIlroy falls to 11 under. He's three clear of playing competitor Tom Gillis and Justin Rose, who got up-and-down from a fairway bunker for birdie on No. 13. Lee Westwood is in the clubhouse three back while Tiger Woods is three off the pace with one hole to play. 3:20 p.m.:
Back-to-back bogeys by Tom Gillis have dropped the 43-year-old four shots back of Rory McIlroy, who now seems to be well on his way to his third career PGA TOUR victory. McIlroy has just one birdie all da but he’s been mistake-free with zero bogeys on the card on what’s been a wet and windy day at PGA National. 2:55 p.m.: Tiger Woods’ birdie barrage has slowed a bit. Woods had pretty good looks on Nos. 12 and 13, but missed from 18 and 14 feet, respectively. They were by no means gimmies of course, but both had a chance at going in the hole and nearly did. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy made his first birdie of the day on No. 8 and just turned in 1 under. He leads by three over Tom Gillis and five over Woods. 2:30 p.m.: Seven holes down for Rory McIlroy, seven pars. He hasn’t been quite as sharp as he was in his previous three rounds here, but McIlroy has made a couple of big putts when he’s need to make them, including a 12-footer to save par on the par-3 seventh, where he missed the green right and into a bunker. The good news for McIlroy is that he still leads by one over Tom Gillis. However, Tiger Woods continues to climb. Woods is 5 under through 12 holes and only four back of McIlroy with just two players separating him from the top spot on the leaderboard. 2:05 p.m.: Rory McIlroy is six holes into his final round and still has the lead by one over Tom Gillis. But it’s Tiger Woods who is making the biggest noise right now. Woods is 5 under through his first 11 holes after his third birdie of the day (he also has an eagle) to get to 7 under for the week. Woods is still four shots off the lead, but he’s now tied for fourth with only two players separating him from McIlroy. 1:25 p.m.: Rory McIlroy has had a couple of looks at birdie through his first three holes but has failed to convert either of them. On the first hole, he missed a 10-footer and had to settle for par, and on the par-5 third just now he missed from just outside 15 feet. Tom Gillis did not miss, though, and thanks to his second birdie of the day he is now one back of McIlroy. Charl Schwartzel, meanwhile, is now in third by himself after playing his first four holes in 2 under. 1:05 p.m.: Thanks to an eagle and two birdies, Tiger Woods is now 6 under for the week and five shots off the lead. He’s still a long way from contending of course, but Woods is putting well with 11 putts through seven holes. Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy made a big par save from about 13 feet on the second hole after missing the green short on his approach. Tom Gillis, who was within a stroke of McIlroy after a birdie on the first hole, gave it right back with a bogey on No. 2 after missing a par save from just inside 12 feet. 12:46 p.m.: What was a two-stroke lead at the start of the day for Rory McIlroy is down to one after Tom Gillis birdied the opening hole, where he hit his approach to just over 7 feet and made the putt. McIlroy and Harris English, meanwhile, both parred the hole. McIlroy had a look at birdie from just inside 11 feet but slid it past the hole, while English got up-and-down from just short of the green. 12:30 p.m.: The final group of Rory McIlroy, Harris English and Tom Gillis has teed off here at PGA National, where Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel have cut into their lead a little bit. Both birdied the first hole and are three and four shots back, respectively, of McIlroy, who leads English and Gillis by two. 12 p.m.: Despite the wet conditions, the ball is being played down here in the final round at PGA National, where some low starts are popping up. Tiger Woods, who played just one hole before was suspended earlier, is 2 under through his first three holes, while Lee Westwood and Erik Compton are both 3 under early in their rounds. Spencer Levin is also 2 under through 3 holes. They all still have a long way to go, however, with Rory McIlroy at 11 under. McIlroy will tee off in 20 minutes. 11:45 a.m.: Play resumed about 15 minutes ago with a couple of players taking advantage of what are some pretty soft conditions after rain rolled through the area earlier. Lee Westwood played his first three holes in 3 under, while Erik Compton was 2 under through his first three holes. Because of the delay, the leaders won’t tee off until 12:20 p.m. This is the third time Rory McIlroy has taken a lead to the final round, and he’s 1-for-2 in that situation having of course gone on to an easy victory in last year’s U.S. Open.