Kiwi golfer Michael Hendry dropped three shots on his final two holes to sign for an even-par 72 at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Florida today.
Hendry, 33, who defended his NZ PGA Championship crown at The Hills last weekend, was three-under through 16 holes but a bogey on the par four 17th and a double on the 18th saw him slip down the leaderboard.
Hendry's even-par 72 left him in a share of 41st place at the cash-rich event, six shots off the pace.
Tiger Woods and five other players, including Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson, all shot six-under 66s to hold a share of first place at the TPC Blue Monster course.
Meanwhile, at the Chile Classic in Santiago, New Zealander Danny Lee fired a five-under 67 today to hold a share of ninth place after the first round.
Korean Whee Kim holds an outright lead at eight-under after a birdie-laden 64 saw him shoot to the top of the standings.
- APNZBy Daniel Richardson @danrichardson21 Email Daniel