The Honda Classic - R1

Jhonattan Vegas takes 2-shot lead in Florida

February 28 – March 03
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
$6,800,000

Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Venezuela’s Jhonattan Vegas stayed out of trouble on the testing Champion course at PGA National, firing six birdies in a six-under 64 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the US PGA Tour Honda Classic.

Vegas teed off on the 10th and played the tough back nine in four-under.


He rolled in three birdie putts from 14 feet or more, drilling a 16-footer at the par-three seventh.

But he said his iron play was the real key to his round, which put him two strokes in front of a quartet of players on 66 that included three major champions in Ernie Els, Zach Johnson and Lucas Glover along with Canadian Ben Silverman.

World number four Brooks Koepka headed a group of 13 players on 67 that also included Spain’s Sergio Garcia, American Rickie Fowler, South African Charl Schwartzel and South Korean Lee Kyoung-hoon.

Defending champion Justin Thomas was in another big group on 68.

“Every time I come around this place and don’t make a bogey it’s pretty good,” Vegas said of the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. “I was able to drive the ball really well today. I hit my irons incredibly well.

“I only missed three greens and out of those three I left two within 15 feet of the hole.”


Els, 49, and seeking to take his tally of US PGA Tour titles to a round 20, overcame a double-bogey five on the par-three 15th, where he was in the water off the tee.

“That freaking 15th hole is no good at all on this golf course,” quipped Els, who countered with six birdies. That included a birdie at his penultimate hole, the eighth, where he stuck his approach less than three feet from the pin.

“I’ve really been swinging it better lately and this is a golf course where you get it anywhere under par and you’re really happy, even in benign conditions like this morning,” Els said.

Els, who claimed his 19th and most recent PGA Tour title with his victory in the 2012 Open Championship, admitted the idea of No. 20 was appealing, but said he wouldn’t get ahead of himself.

“Obviously 20 is a great number,” he said. “It’s late in my career, but I’ll take any win now. I’m not thinking about it. I’m just thinking about tomorrow’s round and so forth. But it would be magic.”


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-6
64
T2
Zach Johnson
USA
-4
66
T2
Ernie Els
RSA
-4
66
T2
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-4
66
T2
Lucas Glover
USA
-4
66
T6
Bud Cauley
USA
-3
67
T6
Brooks Koepka
USA
-3
67
T6
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-3
67
T6
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-3
67
T6
Hank Lebioda
USA
-3
67
T6
Adam Schenk
USA
-3
67
T6
Roberto Castro
USA
-3
67
T6
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
-3
67
T6
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-3
67
T6
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
67
T6
Billy Horschel
USA
-3
67
T6
Rickie Fowler
USA
-3
67
T6
Julian Etulain
ARG
-3
67
T6
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-3
67
T20
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-2
68
T20
Ryan Armour
USA
-2
68
T20
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-2
68
T20
Ben Crane
USA
-2
68
T20
Chesson Hadley
USA
-2
68
T20
Cameron Smith
AUS
-2
68
T20
Justin Thomas
USA
-2
68
T20
Keith Mitchell
USA
-2
68
T20
Sam Saunders
USA
-2
68
T20
Stephan Jaeger
GER
-2
68
T30
Danny Lee
NZL
-1
69
T30
Tyler Duncan
USA
-1
69
T30
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
69
T30
Martin Trainer
USA
-1
69
T30
Russell Henley
USA
-1
69
T30
Jason Kokrak
USA
-1
69
T30
Bill Haas
USA
-1
69
T30
Ryan Blaum
USA
-1
69
T30
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
69
T30
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-1
69
T30
Wyndham Clark
USA
-1
69
T30
Max Homa
USA
-1
69
T30
Cameron Tringale
USA
-1
69
T30
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-1
69
T30
Russell Knox
SCO
-1
69
T30
Matt Jones
AUS
-1
69
T30
Peter Malnati
USA
-1
69
T30
Kramer Hickok
USA
-1
69
T48
Vijay Singh
FIJ
Par
70
T48
Hudson Swafford
USA
Par
70
T48
Jonas Blixt
SWE
Par
70
T48
Anders Albertson
USA
Par
70
T48
John Huh
USA
Par
70
T48
Sam Burns
USA
Par
70
T48
Harris English
USA
Par
70
T48
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
Par
70
T48
Ryan Palmer
USA
Par
70
T48
Vaughn Taylor
USA
Par
70
T48
Scott Brown
USA
Par
70
T48
Trey Mullinax
USA
Par
70
T48
Cameron Davis
AUS
Par
70
T48
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
70
T48
Denny McCarthy
USA
Par
70
T63
Talor Gooch
USA
1
71
T63
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
1
71
T63
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
1
71
T63
Shawn Stefani
USA
1
71
T63
Alex Prugh
USA
1
71
T63
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
71
T63
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
1
71
T63
Grayson Murray
USA
1
71
T63
Stewart Cink
USA
1
71
T63
Luke List
USA
1
71
T63
Jim Knous
USA
1
71
T63
Scott Langley
USA
1
71
T63
Drew Nesbitt
CAN
1
71
T63
Nick Watney
USA
1
71
T63
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
1
71
T63
Kevin Tway
USA
1
71
T63
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
T63
Brian Gay
USA
1
71
T63
Richy Werenski
USA
1
71
T63
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
71
T63
Michael Thompson
USA
1
71
T63
Roger Sloan
CAN
1
71
T63
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
1
71
T86
Harold Varner III
USA
2
72
T86
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
2
72
T86
D. A. Points
USA
2
72
T86
Adam Scott
AUS
2
72
T86
Gary Woodland
USA
2
72
T86
Brandon Hagy
USA
2
72
T86
Nick Taylor
CAN
2
72
T86
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
2
72
T86
Seth Reeves
USA
2
72
T86
Joel Dahmen
USA
2
72
T86
Graeme McDowell
NIR
2
72
T86
Tom Hoge
USA
2
72
T86
Adam Long
USA
2
72
T86
Daniel Berger
USA
2
72
T86
Jim Herman
USA
2
72
T86
Scott Piercy
USA
2
72
T86
Webb Simpson
USA
2
72
T86
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
72
T86
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
2
72
T86
Kyle Jones
USA
2
72
T86
Chase Wright
USA
2
72
T86
Adam Svensson
CAN
2
72
T86
Roberto Diaz
MEX
2
72
T109
Seamus Power
IRL
3
73
T109
Johnson Wagner
USA
3
73
T109
Blayne Barber
USA
3
73
T109
Erik Compton
USA
3
73
T109
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
3
73
T109
J. T. Poston
USA
3
73
T109
Andrew Landry
USA
3
73
T109
Brice Garnett
USA
3
73
T109
Jason Dufner
USA
3
73
T109
Jimmy Walker
USA
3
73
T109
Austen Truslow
USA
3
73
T109
Joey Garber
USA
3
73
T109
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
73
T122
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
4
74
T122
J. J. Henry
USA
4
74
T122
Kyle Stanley
USA
4
74
T122
Curtis Luck
AUS
4
74
T122
Austin Cook
USA
4
74
T122
Patton Kizzire
USA
4
74
T128
Robert Streb
USA
5
75
T128
Hunter Mahan
USA
5
75
T128
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
75
T128
Brendan Steele
USA
5
75
T128
Chris Kirk
USA
5
75
T128
David Pastore
USA
5
75
T134
Kelly Kraft
USA
6
76
T134
Brady Schnell
USA
6
76
T134
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
6
76
T134
Brian Harman
USA
6
76
T134
Peter Uihlein
USA
6
76
T139
Rod Pampling
AUS
7
77
T139
Cody Gribble
USA
7
77
T139
Alexander Noren
SWE
7
77
142
Brandon Harkins
USA
8
78
143
Andrew Filbert
USA
10
80
DSQ
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
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