Love leads Honda pack; Woods near cut line af­ter 71

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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.

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