Honda Classic: Honda Classic

March 3, 2012 by staff 

Honda Classic: Honda Classic, Justin Rose carded a four-under 66 and Tom Gillis fired a 64 as they moved into a share of the lead after two rounds of The Honda Classic.

Rose and Gillis are tied at eight-under-par 132. Rose earned his third PGA Tour win last year at the BMW Championship, while Gillis is winless on tour.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy carded a three-under 67 to move into a tie for third at minus-seven. Dicky Pride also shot 67 to finish alongside McIlroy. With a win this week, McIlroy would ascend to the top spot in the world rankings.

The story of the day was Brian Harman, who had a chance to fire a 59. He settled for a nine-under 61 to end 36 holes at six-under-par 134, where was joined by Jimmy Walker (67) and Vaughn Taylor (66).

Harman’s 61 was a new course record at the PGA National Champion Course by three strokes. After a pair of birdies to start his round, Harman eagled the par-five third. Two more birdies on the front nine got him to six-under for the day.

Around the turn, Harman birdied the 11th, but gave that stroke right back on the 12th. He poured in three consecutive birdies from the 14th to jump to nine-under for his round, and six-under overall.

Harman had a par-three and par-five to close out his round. After a par on 17, Harman needed an eagle at the last to shoot 59. His second shot found a greenside bunker and he blasted to five feet. Harman two-putted for a closing par.

“I got off to a really hot start and just kept the pedal down all day,” Harman said. “I had about 250 to the hole (on 18) and it’s usually a three-wood. But today with a chance to do something really special, I tried to hit hybrid and got up in the wind a little bit and came up just a little bit short. I hit a pretty good shot. Obviously, I was trying to do the magic number.”

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