4 players to watch at the Honda Classic


The 28-year old had played his first eight holes in seven over par but later admitted that was "no excuse" for quitting as he struggled to get to grips with his new equipment following his multi-million dollar deal with Nike.

It was Watson's 10th career win and his 3rd at the Genesis Open.

Just ask Sergio Garcia, who endured merciless heckling all week at last year's Honda.

Alex Noren - The Swede has been impressive on the PGA Tour this year. Woods did not practise at PGA National this week, opting instead to work on fixing issues that caused him to miss the cut last week at Riviera in his second start of 2018 after a year-long absence during which he had back surgery.

A year ago some players complained about heckling by fans in PGA National's three-hole gauntlet (No. 15, 16, 17) of the Bear Trap, where flowing spirits and strength in numbers loosen inhibitions. - William McGirt will look to get his eighth PGA Tour season back on track at this week's Honda Classic. Gleason's name was on the tournament until 1980 and the event has had its current sponsor since 1982.

This event began life as the Jackie Gleason Inverary Classic back in 1972 but it's been sponsored by Honda since 1982 and has been contested at the PGA National Champion Course since 2007. Thomas doesn't have the most impressive course form figures but that could make him a sneaky good pick this week.

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The best of his iron play came on the toughest hole on the course, the 17th. He's coming off a win in Phoenix a few weeks back and came in 2nd at this tournament last season.

Harrington believes Woods' chances are becoming increasingly remote of matching the record 18 major titles won by Jack Nicklaus. I feel like that's putting yourself under an terrible lot of pressure. Has two wins in his last six starts, having last posted a T32 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic at the end of January. A talented golfer that clearly loves to play at this venue, Fowler will be a popular pick to win this week. Give him a little bit of time.

With eight holes remaining in his second round at the Genesis Open, Tiger Woods sat inside the eventual cut line of 2 over par, having managed to nearly balance 4 bogeys with 3 birdies to stand at 1 over par. Ranked 1st for par 3 and par 4 scoring average, 3rd for SG around the green and 1st for scrambling. That includes a runner-up finish in the Farmers Insurance Open.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy won't see each other on the golf course to start this week at PGA National and that's just fine with the victor of the 2012 Honda Classic.

In Qatar, again the field looks competitive but is missing some of the star turns who have graced the Doha Golf club in recent years.