It was a tale of the four R’s at the Honda Classic last week as Rory Mcilroy, Ryan Palmer, Russell Knox and Russell Henley all managed to extend the tournament into a four-way play-off. Russell Henley saw off his competition on the first hole of the play-off with a birdie on the par five 18th.
Rory Mcilroy started the day with a two shot lead and looked to be in total control after the previous three rounds. Mcilroy started his final round steadily but soon began to feel the pressure when he bogeyed the seventh which eventually lead to him bogeying five more holes which took him out of contention. A birdie at the final hole gave him a life line which helped him into the play-off. This birdie could’ve been better after his second shot from 245 yards put him on the green on the par 5 18th and with a chance of an eagle and the chance to win the tournament. But this miss proved costly as he could only manage a birdie and a share for the lead.
Going down the 18th for a second time, only Henley could find the green in two. Mcilroy found himself through the green and into the bunker at the back of the green. His chip shot was not one to be admired as he couldn’t even make the green as the ball rolled off to the apron of the green. Both Palmer and Knox joined Mcilroy on a disappointing play-off hole as neither could make their birdie attempts count. This left the door open for Henley who had two putts for the win and he did just that.