The first round of Honda Classic on March 18 recorded a record of 18 holes hitting the ceiling with 61 sticks, at the same time reaching a new peak in number of eagles in one hole.

The award was born in 1972, held in many places before being sponsored by the Japanese automaker’s title in 1982, then returned to the annual venue – the Champion Par70 Stadium of PGA National in 2007.

Yesterday, Matt Jones hit 61 strokes – a record 18 holes in 49 years of tournament history. It also culminated in the 13-year opening stage with nearly 6,000 laps at PGA National. Brian Harman hit 61 strokes in the second round in 2012, while Rory McIlroy hit 63 on the first round of 2014.

Matt Jones kicked the ball in the first round of the Honda Classic 18 on March 18.  Photo: AP

Matt Jones kicked the ball in the first round of the Honda Classic 18 on March 18. Image: AP

By the end of the first round, holes 18 and par5 recorded 14 eagles – at most in one hole in a round since the tournament started.

With 61 strokes, Jones kept the top of the board at -9, three strokes away from T2 including Aaron Wise and Russell Henley. That is also the maximum lead rate of return after 18 holes in 34 years. Mike Sullivan led to four strokes in 1987.

In the first match Honda Classic 2021, Jones scored nine birdies in the non-bogey scoreboard. The whole opening day, only he did not bogey in 144 players.

Jones scores 319.3 yards across the two holes selected by the PGA Tour recording average kicking distance. Golfer Australia born in 1980 won 10 out of 14 fairways, went green according to the 14-hole standard and used only 24 strokes for the whole round.

Particularly “Bear Traps” – the 15-17 hole with the top difficulty PGA Tour, Jones in turn finished at the par-birdie-birdie point.

Jones has been playing professionally since 2001, having just won a championship in 329 PGA Tour events once. This season, he attended 15 tournaments, twice in the top 10 and ranked 83rd in the world rankings (OWGR).

“This course, if the weather is good, 61 strokes are possible, though very impressive. But if the wind fluctuates 25-32 km / h and gets 61 strokes, it is a miracle. Maybe it is the best round of golf. years, “former world number one Lee Westwood commented on the performance of Jones’ juniors.

Over the past two weeks, Westwood has been in second place at the PGA Tour, including last weekend’s The Players Championship flagship event. Honda Classic this week, British golfer born in 1973 is standing at T43 with even par score. The defending champion Im Sung-jae in T15 (score -2), seven strokes away from the top of the table.

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