Noren, who lost in a playoff at Torrey Pines last month, shot 31 on the front nine and finished with a 6-foot birdie on the ninth hole into a strong wind for a 4-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead Thursday among the early starters at Palm Beach Gardens.
Luke List and Jamie Lovemark took a one-stroke lead at the Honda Classic in Florida on a windy Friday as Tiger Woods fought back from late trouble to sit four back after a one-over par 71. The 2012 U.S. Open champion was one of just nine players to make birdie at 17 and had five birdies with one bogey.
"I just miss the rush of competing for a green jacket; I've been doing it since I was 19 years old and sitting on the sidelines is not fun", Woods said on Wednesday.
"I was able to do all that today, so that was very pleasing". He often hit 3-wood or iron off the tee, including a 5-iron at the 365-yard first. "Anything under par and day out here is really good".
Scott was surging up the leaderboard before finding the water hazard from the tee at the 15th and 17th, resulting in a double-bogey five and a triple-bogey six, respectively. This means, you should be targeting ball-strikers, fairways and greens are the name of the name at PGA National. The American made his eagerly anticipated comeback in January's Farmers Insurance Open, finishing T23, but then missed the cut at last weekend's Genesis Open.
"I'm looking forward to April, I'm trying to get my game solid for April and I've got some work to do", he said. "It was really tough". Obviously I'm fused, so it's a little bit different and I'm still learning what that feels like under the gun.
"It was just my seventh round (of 2018), so easily it was my best ball-striking day", he said.
"I felt very comfortable", he said. Once he got there, he figured his best chance at birdie was to hit 3-wood on or near the green. There is water on 15 of the 18 holes, and there are countless bunkers, and it's nearly always - as it was Thursday - played in a one- or two-club wind.
An emotional Bubba Watson, after sinking an eight-foot par putt on the 72nd hole to secure his first victory in two years, collapsed into the arms of his long-time caddie. A second place at Memorial in 2017 adds to the feeling that he likes these hard and fast conditions.
"It feels great. Great to be here at home and see a lot of the people that I either play with or against over at Medalist and have them at the restaurant and they are all out here today following", Woods said.
"It was really a majority of me thanking him because I thought, 'oh my God I'm getting this signed by Tiger Woods, ' but it really felt like he talked from the heart", Shanahan told CBS12.