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March 3, 2014

A surprise win for Russell Henley

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"So the next time, I just said, 'All these guys are probably going to make birdie.' And I just needed to trust my swing and put the best swing I can on it and not be too worried about where it goes," Henley said.

His caddie, Adam Hayes, suggested he aim more to the right, and the ball narrowly cleared a bunker and settled 40 feet away. He two-putted for birdie, while McIlroy, Knox and Palmer all made par. Palmer missed a 10-foot birdie putt, Knox missed from 20 feet and McIlroy went long into the bunker and blasted out through the green.

Woods missed all the action.

He was 12 shots out of the lead and 5-over par for the day when he began gingerly placing the ball on the tee and picking it out of the cup. He removed his cap to shake hands with Luke Guthrie on the 13th tee — the farthest point from the clubhouse — and called for a ride back to the parking lot.

Woods said he would get treatment every day before deciding whether to play Doral next week. This is not the way he envisioned the start of his road to the Masters. Two months into the year, Woods now has completed only 10 rounds and has more initials than numbers — MDF at Torrey Pines (the PGA Tour's acronym for a missed 54-hole cut), a tie for 41st in Dubai and a WD at the Honda Classic.

How these four players got into the playoff was remarkable because they got there by default.

— Palmer missed three putts inside 8 feet on the final five holes, including the bogey on the 18th hole. He was the first to finish at 8-under 272.

— Knox played the most consistently, his only big gaffe coming on the 14th hole when he tries to play a tough shot out of the rough and saw it carom to the right and into the water for double bogey. Following three good pars, a birdie on the 18th would have given him the lead. But he chunked a fairway bunker shot into deep rough, hit that one over the green and had to make a 10-foot par putt to stay in a share of the lead with a 71.

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