Scott Stallings: Best finish in four Honda starts is T-21, but has back-to-back top-7s entering this week. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy. It extends its claws throughout the round, in famously at holes 15, 16 and 17 not-so-affectionately labeled The Bear Trap. Beau Hossler Career victory No. T-22 last time out, at Riviera.
Big numbers are waiting to happen and provides drama until the last putt is holed. Scott had only entered the Honda Classic once of the past four years, but he did have a decent finish T12 at this tournament in 2014. Not having his best ballstriking season so far, but he still has been good. Pick with confidence, one-and-done gamers. More recently, he missed the cut last year, while finished T21 the year prior, and an impressive T3 to open his 2016 season. Keegan Bradley If you have a pacemaker, please, for your own safety, do not roster Keegan. Other notable names appearing near the top of stat models and the win simulator at : Ollie Schniederjans, Adam Scott, Webb Simpson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Kisner, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler Pat Mayo is an award-winning video host and producer of long and short-form content, and the host of The Pat Mayo Experience daily talk show.
Adam Scott: In Scott's only prior start on the Champion Course, he shot 77-82 to miss the cut in 2011. Since 2007, the leader after three rounds has gone on to win eight of the last 11 years. Sergio Garcia Sergio Garcia is about as erratic as they come these days, yet it would be rather foolish to count him out from the Honda Classic this week. Won here in 2006, but that was the last year the event was played at the Country Club of Mirasol. The stress will have you in the emergency room.
Adam Hadwin Nobody has been better recently at La Quinta than the diminutive Canadian, one year after posting a T6 in 2016, Hadwin dazzled with a third-round 59 in a runner-up effort in the 2017 version, and played four great rounds last year on his way to a T3. In fact, Reed has five top 10 finishes during that same span. He gained strokes off the tee and with his irons, and bled those strokes away around the greens. Phil Mickelson Who says 45-year-old Phil Mickelson is over the hill? While his flat stick still is a disaster — Keegan has lost 13. Was also T-12 at 2014 Honda Classic. Toss in rough of two-and-a-half inches and ubiquitous winds, and you immediately understand why par is a good score.
Russell Knox: Missed the cut in his last start in Phoenix, but prior to that he had yet to finish worse than T-17 in six starts this season. In fact, sans swirling winds the last few years, that stretch actually has played more brutal the last few years. Coming off a T-11 at Riviera. Rory McIlroy: Got back on track with T-20 at Riviera. Ranks 10 th in driving accuracy. Sergio Garcia: His T-49 at Riviera was a bit of a letdown, but Garcia was a winner a few weeks ago in Dubai. Place your bets and start winning.
The Spaniard hasn't played here since 2008 but did tie for 13th in 2007, and his strong play across the past five months included a win last month in Qatar. Keegan Bradley: Despite an early exit last week, Bradley has been one of the more consistent players during the 2013-14 season, with five top-20 finishes in seven starts since October. Ranks 18 th in bogey avoidance. Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman appeared to have nine lives while staving off elimination last week in Tucson, but his game seems very much in order. Brandt Snedeker: Last time he teed it up here was 2011, and he withdrew. Log into your account, enter the cashier to make a deposit.
Daniel Berger: Another local guy, Berger lost in a playoff at the 2015 Honda. His second year on Tour should be much more consistent, and he has to like his chances at La Quinta after opening up with a 64 last year on his way to a T17. Plus, he has made the cut in each of his six Honda starts with three top 15s, including a runner-up finish last year. Andrew Putnam Career victory No. Wind and rain will headline the weather early and late this week, but neither can be ruled out as a threat at any time. In a guaranteed score-fest, putting faith in the man who finished third in birdie average last year is a smart decision. Fowler has missed the cut in his last three stroke-play starts, but showed signs in the desert that his recent swing changes have begun to yield results.
Are we about to witness the resurgence of the former Byron Nelson Award winner this week? Rickie Fowler: His T-4 last time out in Phoenix was his third top-6 finish in his last five worldwide starts. The Japanese upstart even followed-up his first win of the year at the Phoenix Open with a superb 11 th-place finish at the Northern Trust Open this past week. Matsuyama has only been to the Honda Classic once, which was back in 2013 where he withdrew from play in the first round. The only part of his game lacking at the moment is his around-the-green work, which, as mentioned, is devalued this week. Tiger Woods: Arguably the greatest enigma in this week's field. Aaron Wise plays a shot from the eighth tee during the first round of the 2018 U.
We do not yet have Monday qualifiers for this event. This week marks the 15th event of the 2013-14 season, as players move east to start the Florida swing at the Honda Classic. More on how and what to expect beneath the ranking. T-12 on Tour in par-3 scoring. The field has a few good names, but is not overwhelming, so assuming Phil is rested up, we like him to do well in one of his favorite events. Abraham Ancer tees off on the first hole during the final round of the Dell Technologies Championship on Sep. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Not super high on Fitzy this week.