Padraig Harrington, of Ireland, hits from the first tee during the first round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
Luis M. Alvarez
February 26, 2015

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) A strong wind welcomed the PGA Tour to Florida on Thursday. Jim Herman didn't mind one bit.

Herman saved par from the fairway twice and kept bogeys off his card for a 5-under 65 and the early lead at the Honda Classic at PGA National. He was one shot ahead of Brendan Steele.

Rory McIlroy got off to a rugged start in the afternoon. The world's No. 1 player already was 4-over through six holes.

For starters, Herman was happy to be playing. This was the second straight week that he was in a Monday qualifier when he got word he was in the tournament. And he has lived in South Florida for more than a decade, so the wind didn't bother him.

Phil Mickelson opened with a 71.

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