Jim Herman opened with a 5-under 65 to take the first-round lead at the Honda Classic. The $6.1 million PGA Tour event got underway Thursday at the tough Champion course at PGA National in a blustery Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
With the strongest field of the PGA Tour schedule so far, the players, including world No. 1 Rory McIlroy who's making his 2015 U.S. debut this week, will discover a tough test of golf is even more difficult. PGA National Resort & Spa's mighty Champion Course is, of course, known for its diabolical Bear Trap (Nos. 15-17), which can strike fear into many a golfer's heart when coming down the stretch.
The USGA has announced the local qualifying sites for the 2015 U.S. Open. The second major championship of the year will be held June 18-21 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash. - the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest.