Making his first PGA Tour start of 2015, McIlroy hit his first tee shot in a bush, made two double bogeys over his first nine holes and finished with his worst score in America since August, 3-over 73, during the first round of the Honda Classic.
The cost Tiger Woods might have paid by finishing Sunday's Honda Classic with back spasms might never be known. If it would have kept him from preparing for the majors, the price would have been too steep, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Rory McIlroy might be downplaying the significance of a possible seventh PGA Tour win Sunday, but a victory at the Honda Classic would send a signal that his game has turned the corner, writes ESPN.com's Bob Harig.
Tiger Woods return to competitive golf Thursday after his worst two-tournament start as a professional did not exactly evoke the kind of confidence that he has turned things around. He shot 1-over-par 71 in the first round of the Honda Classic.