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Honda Classic 2013: Day 1 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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After Day 1 of the 2013 Honda Classic, the superstars of the sport find themselves on the outside looking in, while some lesser-known names are leading the pack.

Both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods find themselves six strokes back from the lead after one day at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

A familiar name is at the forefront after Thursday's play. Camilo Villegas, who won the Honda Classic in 2010, leads the pack after shooting a 6-under 64.

Here's a deeper look at Day 1 of the 2013 Honda Classic, complete with video highlights (courtesy of PGATour.com).

 

Day 1 Leaderboard

Position Player Score
 1  Camilo Villegas  -6
 T2  Branden Grace   -5
 T2  Graham DeLaet  -5
 T2  Rickie Fowler  -5
 T2  Robert Streb  -5
 T6  Sean O'Hair  -4
 T6  Fabian Gomez  -4
 T6  Boo Weekley  -4
 T6  Dustin Johnson  -4
 T6  Lee Westwood  -4

*Five other players posted a 4-under on Thursday. For a complete look at the leaderboard, check out PGA.com

 

Villegas, who won the Honda Classic in 2010 with a 13-under 267, posted a 6-under 64 for the day. That included four birdies and an eagle on hole No. 18 to close out strong. Two of his birdies (on holes No. 15 and No. 17) came in the infamous "Bear Trap."

Both McIlroy and Woods went even par on the day. Woods had two birdies, but he also notched two bogeys. McIlroy did the same, finishing poorly with a bogey on hole No. 18.

World No. 20 Dustin Johnson finished two strokes behind Villegas, posting a 4-under 66 for the day. He registered five birdies—including birdies on holes No. 15 and No. 17—but also bogeyed No. 16. The South Carolina native hasn't participated in the Honda Classic in the past four years and missed the cut in 2008.

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Branden Grace and Graham DeLaet each posted a 5-under 65.

Grace had a whopping seven birdies on the day—including birdies at No. 15, No. 16, No. 17 and No. 18—but he also posted two bogeys. Still, the 24-year-old is off to a great start at PGA National.

DeLaet notched six birdies on the day, but No. 16 also got the best of him, as he bogeyed the hole.

Don't overlook the young Rickie Fowler. The 24-year-old California native (one of my top players to watch at the Honda Classic) posted a 5-under 65 on Thursday. He recorded six birdies, including birdies at holes No. 16 and No. 18.

PGA Tour rookie Robert Streb also played well, showing great consistency for a young player on a historically tough course (three birdies, one eagle, no bogeys). The 25-year-old Oklahoma native finished tied for 16th at the Humana Challenge this year (his second career PGA Tour event), but he had missed the cut in three straight tournaments heading into the Honda Classic.

 

Highlights

Tiger Woods hit a beautiful 83-yard approach shot on hole No. 3, getting the ball to within five feet of the cup before tapping it in for birdie.

The young Rickie Fowler knocked down a 23-foot birdie putt on hole No. 16, which caused problems for many golfers on Thursday.

Jeff Klauk, who finished with a 3-under 67 for the day, hit an impressive 255-yard approach shot at hole No. 3, subsequently scoring an eagle with a 13-foot putt.

Camilo Villegas showed great touch with a 31-foot birdie putt on hole No. 13.

Jeff Overton nailed the longest putt of the day from 54 feet for birdie on hole No. 5.

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