Luke Guthrie is leading the Honda Classic after a brilliant round of 63, but his efforts were overshadowed by what two of the sport's top names failed to do.
After two rounds at the 2013 Honda Classic, both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy may be going home before playing any golf on Saturday or Sunday.
Woods shot another even-par 70 (right at the expected cut), while McIlroy was playing so bad during his seven-over start to the first eight holes that he walked off the course at Palm Beach Gardens (per the Associated Press).
Guthrie and Michael Thompson should grab most of the headlines after they both shot well (63, 65 respectively) and are now at the top of the leaderboard.
However, it was McIlroy who dominated the storylines.
He told reporters in the parking lot that he wasn't all mentally there, and then later issued a statement explaining that his wisdom tooth pain was the real culprit.
Needless to say, it was a strange day at the Honda Classic.
In any event, we've got you covered with a deeper look at the leaderboard, who to look out for over the final two days of the tournament and some highlights of Friday's action in Palm Beach.
Day 2 Leaderboard (via PGATour.com)
|T4||Doug LaBelle II||66||68||-6|
|T4||Charles Howell III||67||67||-6|
After leading the tournament on Day 1, there's no sign of Camilo Villegas. The veteran golfer shot a seven-over 77 on Friday, and will most likely miss the expected cut of even par.
When it comes to the cut, it appears Tiger is also in danger of not being around tomorrow. We'll wait and see what the future holds after the cut (expected to be right at even), but he's on the cut line—as noted by Kelly Tilghman on Twitter:
Tiger Woods posts back to back rds of 70, waits to see if he'll play weekend at Honda Classic #oncutline— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) March 1, 2013
Elsewhere, Graeme McDowell leads a pack of golfers sitting tied for 11th, and Justin Rose and Geoff Ogilvy are both within striking distance sitting at tied for 4th. Rose played bogey-free golf yet again, and will be one of the favorites over the final two days of competition after already winning in 2013.
But at the top, two men stand alone.
Holding the No. 1 and 2 spots, Guthrie and Thompson each turned in great rounds 65 or under on Friday.
Guthrie had one of the best rounds we've seen all season, knocking in seven birdies and converting par on every other hole he attempted Friday afternoon.
Thompson knocked in eight birdies to just one bogey, and finds himself in position to win for the first time since finishing tied for second last year at the U.S. Open.
Highlights (via PGATour.com)
Although Woods once again failed to make up any ground on the board, he did have one of the nicer approach shots on No. 14 to set up a four-foot putt for birdie.
Although he isn't exactly blazing up the leaderboard, Troy Matteson had a nice approach on par-3 15 and managed to put himself in position for an easy putt.
Ernie Els also had a nice highlight with a bump-and-run chip to save par.
Here's Martin Kaymer, who had a beautiful read of the green on this chip for birdie.
We'll close it out with Weekley, who had a nice birdie putt on his last hole of the day (No. 9) en route to a spot in the Top 3 on the leaderboard.
It was an action-packed day at Palm Beach Gardens. Woods and McIlroy continue to carry the 1 and 2 mantle, but neither are playing like it.
We'll keep you updated with all things Honda Classic over the final two days of the tournament.