The Honda Classic - R2

Mitchell & Im tied for Honda lead

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

Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


South Korean Im Sung-Jae, aiming to parlay his Web.com tour dominance to US PGA Tour success, shared the Honda Classic halfway lead with American Keith Mitchell on Friday.

Im, 20, fired a six-under par 64 on the Champion course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for a 36-hole total of six-under par 134.


He was tied atop the leaderboard with Mitchell, who posted a 66, with 2009 US Open champion Lucas Glover a shot back on 135 after a 69.

Im, who won twice and led the money list all season in dominating the developmental Web.com tour last season, birdied three of his first four holes and three of his final six on the way, his six-under effort tied for best round of the day.

“All the shots that I wanted to hit turned out the way I wanted,” said Im, who hit five approach shots to within 12 feet of the pin.

“So it led to a lot of birdies, and I was able to convert a lot of my birdie opportunities. I think that’s what led to a successful round today.”

Canadian Adam Svensson also posted a 64 to land on 136, sharing fourth place with eight other players in a group that included 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year Brooks Koepka (69), New Zealand’s Danny Lee (67) and Sweden’s Freddie Jacobson (67).

A total of 42 players were within five shots of the lead.

Defending champion Justin Thomas made the cut on the number with a four-over par 74 for a two-over total.

Im, the youngest of the US tour’s rookies this season, went off in the first group of the day at 6:45 a.m. and made a quick move with birdies at the second third and fourth holes.

He would add three more before his lone bogey of the day at 16, and he drilled a 25-foot birdie putt at the 18th to cap his round.

Mitchell had five birdies and a bogey in his four-under effort, and after three missed cuts on the tour’s West Coast Swing was delighted to be playing on the Bermuda grass greens of Florida.

“I grew up on Bermuda. I know how to putt it,” he said. “I know how to read it. It’s definitely helped a lot.”


Thomas’s hopes of a repeat title on the Jack Nicklaus-designed course faded with his four-over effort, during which he struggled with a “dead arm” as well as his concentration.

Thomas, who felt a stinging sensation in his right arm when his nine-iron scraped a tree on a shot on Thursday, said the arm still didn’t feel right.

“Just feels like it kind of needs to get popped,” he said. “Just doesn’t have a lot of strength.”


Pos
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
Total
T1
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-6
70
64
134
T1
Keith Mitchell
USA
-6
68
66
134
3
Lucas Glover
USA
-5
66
69
135
T4
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
-4
69
67
136
T4
Adam Svensson
CAN
-4
72
64
136
T4
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-4
67
69
136
T4
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-4
68
68
136
T4
Danny Lee
NZL
-4
69
67
136
T4
Ryan Armour
USA
-4
68
68
136
T4
Brooks Koepka
USA
-4
67
69
136
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-4
69
67
136
T4
Adam Schenk
USA
-4
67
69
136
T13
Roberto Castro
USA
-3
67
70
137
T13
Cameron Tringale
USA
-3
69
68
137
T13
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-3
67
70
137
T13
Peter Malnati
USA
-3
69
68
137
T13
Julian Etulain
ARG
-3
67
70
137
T13
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-3
64
73
137
T13
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-3
67
70
137
T13
Charl Schwartzel
RSA
-3
67
70
137
T13
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-3
66
71
137
T22
Nick Watney
USA
-2
71
67
138
T22
Bronson Burgoon
USA
-2
67
71
138
T22
Chesson Hadley
USA
-2
68
70
138
T22
Vaughn Taylor
USA
-2
70
68
138
T22
Billy Horschel
USA
-2
67
71
138
T22
Matt Jones
AUS
-2
69
69
138
T22
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-2
70
68
138
T22
Bud Cauley
USA
-2
67
71
138
T22
Zach Johnson
USA
-2
66
72
138
T22
Nick Taylor
CAN
-2
72
66
138
T32
Daniel Berger
USA
-1
72
67
139
T32
Rickie Fowler
USA
-1
67
72
139
T32
Talor Gooch
USA
-1
71
68
139
T32
Matt Wallace
ENG
-1
71
68
139
T32
Vijay Singh
FIJ
-1
70
69
139
T32
Grayson Murray
USA
-1
71
68
139
T32
Ernie Els
RSA
-1
66
73
139
T32
Patrick Rodgers
USA
-1
68
71
139
T32
Bill Haas
USA
-1
69
70
139
T32
Brian Stuard
USA
-1
69
70
139
T32
Sebastian Munoz
COL
-1
69
70
139
T43
Scott Brown
USA
Par
70
70
140
T43
Michael Thompson
USA
Par
71
69
140
T43
Sam Saunders
USA
Par
68
72
140
T43
Stephan Jaeger
GER
Par
68
72
140
T43
Chase Wright
USA
Par
72
68
140
T43
Tyler Duncan
USA
Par
69
71
140
T43
Jason Kokrak
USA
Par
69
71
140
T43
Max Homa
USA
Par
69
71
140
T51
Harris English
USA
1
70
71
141
T51
Rory Sabbatini
RSA
1
67
74
141
T51
Ryan Palmer
USA
1
70
71
141
T51
J. T. Poston
USA
1
73
68
141
T51
Austin Cook
USA
1
74
67
141
T51
Russell Knox
SCO
1
69
72
141
T51
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
71
70
141
T51
Webb Simpson
USA
1
72
69
141
T51
Brian Gay
USA
1
71
70
141
T51
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
71
70
141
T51
Kramer Hickok
USA
1
69
72
141
T51
Harold Varner III
USA
1
72
69
141
T51
Jim Furyk
USA
1
69
72
141
T51
Russell Henley
USA
1
69
72
141
T51
Hank Lebioda
USA
1
67
74
141
T51
Sam Burns
USA
1
70
71
141
T67
Graeme McDowell
NIR
2
72
70
142
T67
Jason Dufner
USA
2
73
69
142
T67
Justin Thomas
USA
2
68
74
142
T67
Kevin Streelman
USA
2
72
70
142
T67
Richy Werenski
USA
2
71
71
142
T67
Trey Mullinax
USA
2
70
72
142
T67
Cameron Davis
AUS
2
70
72
142
T67
Roger Sloan
CAN
2
71
71
142
T67
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
2
74
68
142
T67
Hudson Swafford
USA
2
70
72
142
T67
Stewart Cink
USA
2
71
71
142
T67
Gary Woodland
USA
2
72
70
142
T67
Jonas Blixt
SWE
2
70
72
142
T67
Ryan Blaum
USA
2
69
73
142
T67
Jim Knous
USA
2
71
71
142
T67
John Huh
USA
2
70
72
142
T67
Drew Nesbitt
CAN
2
71
71
142
CUT
Adam Long
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Adam Scott
AUS
3
72
71
143
CUT
Austen Truslow
USA
3
73
70
143
CUT
Ben Crane
USA
3
68
75
143
CUT
Brandon Hagy
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
3
71
72
143
CUT
Chris Kirk
USA
3
75
68
143
CUT
Denny McCarthy
USA
3
70
73
143
CUT
J. J. Henry
USA
3
74
69
143
CUT
Jim Herman
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Kyle Jones
USA
3
72
71
143
CUT
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
3
72
71
143
CUT
Sepp Straka
AUT
3
73
70
143
CUT
Anders Albertson
USA
4
70
74
144
CUT
Andrew Landry
USA
4
73
71
144
CUT
Brady Schnell
USA
4
76
68
144
CUT
David Pastore
USA
4
75
69
144
CUT
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
4
71
73
144
CUT
Brandon Harkins
USA
5
78
67
145
CUT
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
5
71
74
145
CUT
D. A. Points
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Johnson Wagner
USA
5
73
72
145
CUT
Martin Trainer
USA
5
69
76
145
CUT
Scott Langley
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Scott Piercy
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Shawn Stefani
USA
5
71
74
145
CUT
Tom Hoge
USA
5
72
73
145
CUT
Alex Prugh
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Brice Garnett
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Jimmy Walker
USA
6
73
73
146
CUT
Luke List
USA
6
71
75
146
CUT
Patton Kizzire
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Roberto Diaz
MEX
6
72
74
146
CUT
Seth Reeves
USA
6
72
74
146
CUT
Brian Harman
USA
7
76
71
147
CUT
Cameron Smith
AUS
7
68
79
147
CUT
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
7
71
76
147
CUT
Erik Compton
USA
7
73
74
147
CUT
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
MEX
7
73
74
147
CUT
Morgan Hoffmann
USA
7
71
76
147
CUT
Hunter Mahan
USA
8
75
73
148
CUT
Joel Dahmen
USA
8
72
76
148
CUT
Kevin Tway
USA
8
71
77
148
CUT
Alexander Noren
SWE
9
77
72
149
CUT
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
9
76
73
149
CUT
Satoshi Kodaira
JPN
9
72
77
149
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
10
74
76
150
CUT
Joey Garber
USA
10
73
77
150
CUT
Kelly Kraft
USA
10
76
74
150
CUT
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
10
75
75
150
CUT
Kyle Stanley
USA
10
74
76
150
CUT
Blayne Barber
USA
11
73
78
151
CUT
Seamus Power
IRL
11
73
78
151
CUT
Brendan Steele
USA
12
75
77
152
CUT
Rod Pampling
AUS
13
77
76
153
CUT
Cody Gribble
USA
15
77
78
155
CUT
Andrew Filbert
USA
17
80
77
157
CUT
Robert Streb
USA
17
75
82
157
DSQ
Alex Cejka
GER
Par
0
RET
Peter Uihlein
USA
Par
76
76
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