Love leads Honda pack; Woods near cut line after 71
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA. | Davis Love III looked more like a player than a Ryder Cup captain Thursday at the Honda Classic.
Love made a hole-in-one on the 197-yard fifth hole and tied the course record at PGA National with a 6under 64, giving him a two-shot lead. He took advantage of soft and relatively calm conditions in the morning.
Rory Mcilroy was in the group at 66, needing a win this week to go to No. 1 in the world.
Tiger Woods needs a good round just to have a chance going into the weekend. Playing the Honda Classic for the first time as a pro, Woods twice lost momentum with sloppy bogeys and failed to convert a routine up-anddown on the par-5 18th for a 1-over 71. He was seven shots out of the lead, right on the cut line going into Friday.
The gait is a tad unsteady, the result of recent back surgery, but the broad smile and easy laugh are still there. And although he still finds himself saying “Bullets” instead of “Wizards,” it’s with all due respect to the team he played for during his Hall of Fame NBA career, which spanned 1967 to 1980.
Earl “The Pearl” Monroe spent Wednesday afternoon visiting Washington as part of his Diabetes Restaurant Month tour with Merck and & Co. He talked about the disease he first denied, then accepted. Monroe now helps others with Type 2 diabetes learn how to control the disease, just as he had to do.
Monroe spent four seasons with the Baltimore Bullets before being traded to the New York Knicks, where he teamed up with Walt “Clyde” Frazier to form one of the most exciting backcourt tandems in NBA history. He now lives in New York but still spends much of his time on the road. Life on the road, he says, is where it all started.
“We got like $15 a day for meals back when I played. What can you get for $15?” Monroe asked.
He began eating an unhealthy diet that consisted mostly of fast food and fried food, which resulted in the type of poor eating habits he continued even after he retired. Then Monroe got the ultimate wake-up call.
Monroe’s Type 2 diabetes was diagnosed in 1998.
“I just wasn’t feeling good,” he said. “When I finally went to the doctor, he told me I had diabetes. All I could think was, ‘I’m going to die.’ But he explained that I could live a healthy and productive life by controlling my diabetes.
“I did change my lifestyle, but I was also in denial. I found myself slipping back to the same old things I used to do. Then my doctor said, ‘You know, Earl,
Former Baltimore Bullets star Earl Monroe has dedicated himself to helping others with Type 2 diabetes learn how to control the disease, just as he has to do.