McIlroy’s outlook for Augusta, possible career Grand Slam: ‘Great position to be in’

It may not be Masters week, but World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is already getting asked questions about the year’s first major and his quest to complete the career grand slam.

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McIlroy rebounds for a win at Seminole

DORAL, Fla. – Rory McIlroy didn’t take long to rebound from missing the cut at the Honda Classic.

The world No. 1 scorched venerable Seminole Golf Club on Monday to claim gross-division honors at the Seminole Pro-Member paired with John Pinkham.

McIlroy, who missed the cut in his 2015 debut on the PGA Tour with rounds of 73-74 last week at PGA National, began his day with three consecutive birdies and went out in 6-under 30. The Ulsterman shot 63 on his own ball.

Ben Martin paired with Rick Woolworth finished second in the gross division, two strokes behind McIlroy.

Phil Mickelson, who finished 17th earlier on Monday at the weather-delayed Honda Classic, tied for eighth place at Seminole with a team gross score of 67.

The event annually draws some of the game’s top players for an 18-hole pro-am on the Monday after the Honda Classic.

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'Scrambling' Reed just one back at Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Patrick Reed battled a misbehaving driver early in the final round Sunday at the Honda Classic but managed to keep himself in the hunt to win another PGA Tour title in South Florida.

Reed, who hooked a tee shot off a tree at the second hole and hooked tee shots into trouble again at the third and fourth holes, still managed to scrap to within one shot of the lead when the final round was suspended because of darkness.

“I’ve been scrambling and scrambling,” Reed said.

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If Reed wins Monday, it will be his fifth PGA Tour title before the age of 25. He would join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia as the only players to do that over the last 30 years. He will tee it up as the defending champion at the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral later this week.

Three shots down going to the fifth tee Sunday at PGA National, Reed gained a share of the Honda Classic lead with an impressive 34-foot birdie putt from off the green.

After Poulter hit his tee shot in the water at the sixth. Reed briefly held the lead alone. He dropped a shot back of co-leaders Poulter and Paul Casey after failing to get up and down for par at the seventh hole just before darkness fell.

“A lot of holes left, and I’m only one back,” Reed said. “Going to start fresh tomorrow.”

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