Last week's golf headlines at the Honda Classic featured Rory McIlroy winning the tournament and taking over the number one spot in the world. Tiger Woods finished the tournament with a 62 on the final day, earning him a respectable tie for second place just two strokes back. If not for Woods's 71 on the first day, he might have beaten McIlroy March 4.
This time, both McIlroy and Woods are in the same predicament. Both men finished well off the lead. Woods was an even par 72 and tied for 25th place, six shots behind leaders Adam Scott and Jason Dufner. McIlroy was one over par and tied for 35 and seven shots back.
Both men will have to improve if they want to make the cut and stay in the tournament. Woods should know how to play Florida's howling winds by now--he lives in Jupiter. McIlroy should similarly be prepared as he is from Northern Ireland and plays the links in Scotland and Great Britain all of the time.
Woods came back nicely last weekend and will have to do the same. McIlroy is used to starting strong and hanging on. The youngster will have to do something he's not used to doing and comeback from being down early.
The guys are professional golfers and know how to win tournaments. They will both have a shot at winning the event. You don't get to be the world number one golfer for no reason.
Woods showed flashes of his former self at the Honda Classic. McIlroy is looking more and more like the young Woods every day. Both men probably see this tournament as a tune up for the Masters in early April. There's no better way to shake off the cobwebs of winter golf by having great rounds in the warm sun of Florida.
McIlroy and Woods are close enough in scores that they may be paired together should they make the cut. Fans such as myself keep dreaming of the Woods-McIlroy pairing that will inevitably happen. That very thing may occur this weekend in south Florida.
William Browning has covered sports for the Yahoo! Contributor Network including golf and local golf courses in southwest Missouri. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
- Tiger Woods
- Rory McIlroy