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By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Honda Classic first round leader Jim Herman's dream of making the PGA Tour looked to be fading when he was working as an assistant professional at the Trump National course in New Jersey. Trying and failing to qualify for the highly competitive U.S. circuit at the second stage of qualifying school in Tampa proved to be demoralizing for the Cincinnati-born Herman, who eventually threw in the towel. "You play the (third tier) Golden Bear tour, go to Q‑School, it was just the same cycle every year," Herman, 37, said after shooting a five-under-par 65 at PGA National on Thursday. I played in Tampa, seems like every year and driving back to East Coast with, 'What am I going to do now?' "I got in the golf business, started working at the PGA Village, got a phone call and started working up at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey." It was there, in 2006, that the owner of the course, American celebrity entrepreneur Donald Trump, spurred Herman to try again at a professional...

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Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy's first shot was a 2-iron out of play. A relentless wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided a rude welcome to just about everyone Thursday at the Honda Classic except for Jim...

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By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Rory McIlroy has had his share of ups and downs at the Honda Classic and Thursday's opening round, where he shot a three-over-par 73, was no different. The Northern Irishman won at PGA National...

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American Herman moves one ahead at Honda Classic (Reuters)

By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - American journeyman Jim Herman was the unlikely first round leader at the Honda Classic after shooting a five-under-par 65 as world number one Rory McIlroy struggled at blustery PGA National on...

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Nic Henning made seven birdies and an eagle and equaled the course record with his 9-under 62 for the first-round lead at the Joburg Open on Thursday. Henning had five of his birdies and the eagle on the first nine to go out in 29 on the par-71 West...

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Nic Henning, who possesses the worst possible world ranking of joint 1,555th, belied his lowly golfing status by shooting a West Course record-tying nine-under 62 to lead after the Joburg Open first round on Thursday. The 45-year-old South African...

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Yani Tseng shot an opening 6-under 66 Thursday to take a share of the lead with American rivals Stacy Lewis and Brittany Lang at the LPGA Thailand. Tseng, a former No. 1 from Taiwan who won the title in Chonburi in 2011 and 2012, had seven birdies...

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Tseng share opening round lead at Thai LPGA event (Reuters)

(Reuters) - Two-time winner Yani Tseng of Taiwan carded a six-under-par 66 to share the opening round lead with Americans Brittany Lang and Stacy Lewis at the women's Thailand Open, the fourth event on this year's LPGA Tour, on Thursday. Former world...

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Brooks Koepka played in his hometown PGA Tour a year ago on a sponsor's exemption. He had plenty of friends and family watching at the Honda Classic, though to everyone else he was the American who only had full playing privileges in Europe. He was...

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The naming of Davis Love III as captain of the 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup team was well received by his peers but it may be a tougher sell to fans who still have nightmares over the epic collapse he oversaw at Medinah in 2012. Despite other candidates...

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‘Florida Swing’ kicks off the road to the Masters (Reuters)

By Simon Evans PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - The PGA Tour's 'Florida Swing,' golf's unofficial start of the road to the Masters, begins on Thursday with world number one Rory McIlroy heading a strong field in the Honda Classic at PGA...

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Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland points on the 18th hole during the Dubai Desert Classic January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

By Bernie McGuire PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy was "shocked" at the appointment of Davis Love 111 as 2016 United States Ryder Cup captain. McIlroy is returning to competition at this week’s Honda Classic and teeing up for a first time this year on American soil following a three-week break since winning the Dubai Desert Classic. Northern Ireland's McIlroy, a triple European Ryder Cup-winning team member and four-times major champion, was asked about his reaction to the appointment of Love.  "It came as a big shock when they announced yesterday Davis was going to be the next U.S. captain," McIlroy told reporters. “It will be great to see Davis and (European captain) Darren (Clarke) go head-to-head at Hazeltine and they will be formidable...

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Fans stood three-deep and formed a corridor from the 18th green at PGA National as they tried to get an autograph, a picture or even a close look at Rory McIlroy. Moments later, another group of fans pressed against him with souvenir flags to sign as...

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Nicklaus to have his own ice cream (The Associated Press)

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jack Nicklaus is now devoting time to the one glaring weakness in his incomparable career - ice...

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