The marquee group of young guns (God, I really hate that term) Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley and Kyle Stanley teed off at 7:30am on Thursday morning with the winds relatively calm at PGA National. McIlroy and Bradley took advantage of the ideal scoring conditions, posting four-under 66 and three-under 67, respectively. Meanwhile, Stanley didn’t have his best, to say the least, and chopped his way in for a five-over 75.
Rory, who fell victim to the Bear Trap in the second round last year, is currently tied for second. He’s had his eye set on reaching No. 1 in the world rankings and like last week, he has the chance to topple Luke Donald from the throne with a win.