Atwal`s nightmare continues on PGA Tour

Updated: Mar 02, 2012, 20:05 PM IST

Palm Beach Gardens (Florida): Arjun Atwal`s nightmare continued on the PGA Tour as he carded a disastrous 10-over 80 in the first round of the Honda Classic here.

Atwal, who has already missed the cut in his first five starts, had four double bogeys, a triple bogey, a bogey and only two birdies.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy opened with a 4-under 66 yesterday, putting him two shots behind Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III.

The 47-year-old Love made a hole-in-one and finished with two birdies to tie the course record at PGA National with a 64, making him the 10th player to post that number since The Honda Classic moved here five years ago.

Still the focus was on the 22-year-old US Open champion McIlroy who, after a runner-up finish in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, needs to win here to attain the No. 1 position.

McIlroy was joined at 66 by Justin Rose, Ryan Palmer and Harris English.

Most of the low-scoring came in the morning, when conditions were soft and benign, and before the south Florida wind arrived.