Top-ranked Rory McIlroy announces he will play at Honda Classic

The world’s current No. 1 golfer will be competing at the Honda Classic in 2015, and it will be at the same place — PGA National Resort & Spa — where he first became No. 1.

Rory McIlroy, 25, first attained his No. 1 status in 2012 playing in The Honda, and he committed to the 2015 tournament on Thursday.

In the past season, McIlroy won two of the four majors, the British Open and PGA Championship, to latch onto the No. 1 world ranking once again.

However, even after a successful 2014 and the two majors, McIlroy said he has some things to prove.

“It’s been working pretty well,’’ McIlroy admitted, “so I’ll try to just keep doing what I’ve been doing. I will keep to my routines.

“It’s time to look forward, now,’’ McIlroy added. “Winning tournaments, winning majors? It’s the little things that you can do in practice, and just in everyday life that can maybe help you get to that and be a little bit more consistent and do a couple of more things.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a good year, hopefully.’’

A year ago, smooth-swinging Russell Henley defeated McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox in a four-way playoff, to win The Honda. This year’s tournament will be played Feb. 26 through March 1.

Tickets to the tournament can be obtained at or by calling 1-844-846-6328.

Bill Van Smith


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