Camilo Villegas, and 9 More Notes at Halftime of The Honda Classic

Camilo Villegas The Honda Classic
Camilo Villegas plays his shot from the first tee during the second round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Champion course on Mar 19, 2021 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

In the second round of The Honda Classic, Aaron Wise posted a second straight round of 64 at PGA National to claim a three-shot lead at halftime.

Here are the 10 stats and facts to get you up to speed on the news and storylines unfolding on the Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as the long running PGA Tour stop heads into its third day.

The Honda Classic Notes

  1. One Storyline Ended: Lee Westwood entered the Honda Classic off two runner-ups (Arnold Palmer and The PLAYERS) and had become something of a fan favorite. But the 47-year old ran out of gas on Friday, shooting a 78 to end the Cinderella run.
  2. One Storyline Started: Camilo Villegas, who has endured a challenging couple of years, first with a shoulder injury which cost him the whole 2019 season, and then the devastation of losing his 22-month old daughter to cancer last summer. The Colombian is playing on a medical exemption this season, but has struggled as of late and needs to earn 136 FedExCup points (3-way T3 or better) this week to continue in this exemption category, or at least 24 points (2-way T32 or better) to play remainder of the season out of the 126-150 category. He’s currently solo 9th on 6-under par.
  3. Low round: Brandon Hagy’s bogey-free 62 was a career best on the PGA Tour.
  4. High round: Martin Trainer shot, gulp!, 15-over 85 without a single triple and just two bogeys. Trainer produced six doubles, including three straight on Nos. 14, 15, and 16. It was the highest score of his PGA Tour career.
  5. Best on Bear Trap: Chase Koepka became the 10th player in history to birdie all three Bear Trap holes (15-17) in the same round.
  6. Worst on Bear Trap: Padraig Harrington recorded a 7 on the par-3 15th hole, and then made double on the par-4 16th. A par on No. 17 led to a 6-over par on the famous three-hole stretch.
  7. Square-free: Brandon Hagy (62), Sam Ryder (63), Brice Garnett (64), Adam Hadwin (65), and Brendan Steele (65) shot bogey-free rounds on Friday.
  8. Double Eagle: Brian Gay made an eagle on No. 18 in both opening rounds, becoming the first player to do so since the tournament was moved to PGA National in 2007.
  9. Toughest hole: The par-4 14th was the most difficult hole on Friday. It played to nearly a full half point over par (4.408).
  10. Easiest hole: The par-5 18th played to a full two-thirds of a shot under par (4.331). It was also the easiest hole on Thursday too (4.301)

Credits: PGA Tour Media Notes, Getty Images


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