Tiger Woods shoots even-par 70 in first round of Honda Classic

The 28-year old had played his first eight holes in seven over par but later admitted that was "no excuse" for quitting as he struggled to get to grips with his new equipment following his multi-million dollar deal with Nike.

It was Watson's 10th career win and his 3rd at the Genesis Open. Over the years, the event has been won by many of golf's biggest names including - Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Tom Kite, Nick Price and Vijay Singh. I would imagine those plans are now on hold.

The PGA Tour will be leaving the West Coast and moving to Florida.

We're going back-to-back weeks with Tiger Woods at the Honda Classic following the Genesis Open in Los Angeles a week ago (all the tournaments sponsored by auto companies!).

Watch the Honda Classic throughout the week live on Sky Sports.

PGA National normally ranks statistically among the toughest venues on the PGA Tour, and his missed cut last week in California has raised questions as to the 14-time Major champion's prospects here. The course is characterized by breezy conditions that make accuracy hard. It features a number of doglegged holes, water is in play on 13 holes and, just as the players were breathing a sigh of relief with the end in sight, the nightmarish "Bear Trap" - a trio of holes from 15-17 that bring the weak of heart out in a cold sweat - can shatter dreams and turn success into heartache.

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We run through both tournaments for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing expert Cliff Jackson and Betfair.

"I felt like I had good touch, but more importantly, I made a lot of the key short putts for par", he said.

"I'm just learning how to play tournament golf again, and unfortunately I've made some mistakes, and that's just part of it", he said. The World No. 7 has made six straight cuts at PGA National, a streak that includes three Top-10's and a dominant four-stroke win previous year. It's fair to say that Bubba Watson is a creature of habit! This guy has the kind of game that will allow him to be around for a long time, barring injury. "Then it was tough to make putts out there". Blowing out of the east at a steady 15 miles per hour on Thursday morning, it wasn't exactly a day for low scores, with Alex Noren claiming the early lead at four-under 66 and only 18 players from the morning wave shooting par or better in the opening round of the Honda Classic.

'Definitely it was different, like playing a British Open. It's still victimized by its place in the schedule, but Jack Nicklaus' involvement and more certainty about the location has helped attract higher-caliber players.

But he is mindful that Augusta National and the Masters is only six weeks away. Rickie Fowler, who has three Top-11's in four official events this season, is the defending champ, while Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Gary Woodland, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren and Tiger Woods headline the field.

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