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World No. 19 and two-time PGA TOUR champion Russell Knox prepares for his fourth Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course.

The 31-year-old was an unexpected missed cut (by four) in his last start three weeks ago at the Phoenix Open (74-71). That ended his streak of 17 consecutive made cuts, dating back to T2 at the RBC Heritage last April. The Jacksonville Beach, Florida, resident had opened this season with five straight top 20s, three for top 10s, including a season-best 3rd at the OHL Classic. He's 3-for-3 at the Honda with a scoring average of 69.08 at the difficult par-70 layout. The Scot preceded a T26 last year (70-70-71-71) with a T3 in 2015 and a playoff loss in 2014. He was one (of six) multiple winners on TOUR last season, breaking through at the WGC-HSBC Champions (as 54-hole co-leader), and coming from three back with 2-under 68 to win the Travelers back in August.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 4:40 PM

World No. 28 Emiliano Grillo arrives for his second Honda Classic after posting a T74 (of 77 players) last year (72-70-73-77).

The 24-year-old is making his 40th career start on TOUR and eighth this season. He was playing well prior to the six-week layoff for the holidays, opening with a T26 at the Safeway -- as defender -- and progressively better finishes of T17 (CIMB Classic), 11th (WGC-HSBC), and T10 at the OHL Classic. The reigning TOUR Rookie of the Year hasn't fared too well since returning from break, missing the cut at the CareerBuilder and chasing with T33 (Farmers) and T63 three weeks ago at the Phoenix Open (72-69-70-72). He ranks 15th in SG: Tee-to-Green but 205th in SG: Putting.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 4:11 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Steve Marino has withdrawn from this week's Honda Classic, opening a spot for first alternate Andres Gonzales.

Marino was one of the five golfers last week who failed to return on Saturday morning to finish up their second round. It was assumed to be weather-related at the time, but perhaps there was a bigger issue for Marino. Prior to last week's WD, the 36-year-old had missed the cut in five of his previous six starts. Gamers can avoid Marino until he shows some form.
Feb 22 - 4:08 PM

Past champ and World No. 218 Michael Thompson contests his sixth straight Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and enters 5-for-8 on the season with three top 25s and a best of T13 at The RSM Classic.

The 31-year-old is 4-for-5 at the Honda with one finish inside the top 40, his two-shot win in 2013. That remains his lone TOUR title in 158 career events. In 92 starts since, he has five top 10s, most recently a T4 at the opposite-field Barbasol Championship last July (12 starts ago). The Alabama alum lost his card after each of the last two seasons, finishing 146th and 145th, respectively, in FedExCup points, but regained fully exempt status in the Web.com Tour Finals both times. Excluding The 25, he was No. 1 in Finals money last season, buoyed by his win at the Boise Open (as 54-hole co-leader), his first WCT victory in 11 career events.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 3:56 PM

World No. 336 Ken Duke gets ready for his 10th Honda Classic, ninth at PGA National's Champion Course, the tournament's venue since 2007.

The 48-year-old is 6-for-9 on the season with one top 25, a T23 two weeks ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach (73-70-69-69). He arrives off a missed cut (by two) at last week's rain-drenched Genesis Open on rounds of 71-73. The Palm City, Florida, resident is 4-for-9 at the Honda, with a best of T37 last year (75-65-73-70). Last season, he finished 153rd in the FedExCup standings with just nine cashes in 20 starts, but retained his card at 120th in money. The Arkansas native had just two top 10s, but cashed a big one with T3 at THE PLAYERS, good for ($504,000) of $773,025.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 3:40 PM

Past champ and sponsor invite Camilo Villegas contests his 12th Honda Classic and checks in off a missed cut by one at last week's weather-plagued Genesis Open on 1-over 70-73=143, and a T24 at the Phoenix Open, the latter on a sponsor exemption.

The World No. 299 won his third (of four) TOUR titles here in 2010 and was a playoff loser in 2007 at the current venue's debut. Overall, he's 7-for-11 with five top 25s, including 16th/2015 and T14 last year (72-69-69-70). Playing this season out of the Past Champion category, he's 5-for-8 with two top 25s, one top 10. The latter was a big one, losing in a five-man playoff at The RSM Classic, his fourth career runner-up in a then-287 career starts and first top 10 since the 2014 Wyndham, his most recent TOUR title.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:56 PM

Justin Thomas will get a few home-cooked meals ahead of this week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Jupiter resident rocketed out of the gates this season with three wins in his first five starts. He's cooled a bit with a missed cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and T39 at last week's Genesis Open. The big hitter will look to get back in the winner's circle on a layout where he's already found success. After a missed cut in his 2015 debut, he returned to post four rounds under-par en route to a T3 finish. Over the last six years, only four others have accomplished the same feat of four red numbers (Rory McIlroy/2012; Tom Gillis/2012; Ryan Palmer/2014; Sergio Garcia/2014). Gamers should give Thomas a very strong look this week, in all formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:45 PM

Two-time Honda Classic champion and World No. 148 Padraig Harrington is 4-for-8 in the kickoff event of the Florida Swing and tees it up the first two rounds with Justin Thomas and defending champ Adam Scott.

The 45-year-old won his first (of six) TOUR titles at the Honda in 2005, prevailing in a playoff at CC at Mirasol (Sunset). He won again in 2015 (at the current venue), his most recent TOUR title, also in sudden death, defeating then-rookie Daniel Berger in a two-hole playoff. The Ulsterman claimed the 2015 edition on a sponsor invite and as a 200/1 dog and finished T43 last year in defense. He's in the final season of fully exempt status from the 2015 win, and enters the week 1-for-4, cashing a T39 last week at the weather-plagued Genesis Open. Gamers should also be aware that Harrington is playing through a trapped nerve in his neck, making him a risky option in any format.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:32 PM

Francesco Molinari hopes the third time is the charm as he readies for this week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Italian missed the cut in his 2015 Honda debut. He returned last year and made small progress, posting his first red number (2-under 68 in R2) en route to a T65 by week's end. The problem areas have been approach and around-the-green play. In six rounds he's lost 3.78 total strokes approaching-the-green and 3.12 total strokes around-the-green while gaining strokes off-the-tee as well as putting. World No. 32 arrives fresh off a missed cut at the Genesis Open but had six straight top 15s worldwide before that.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:25 PM

Playing his final start on a Major Medical, Jeff Overton prepares for this week's Honda Classic.

While it's not the end of the world if his medical extension goes unfulfilled, netting 165.5 FedExCup Points or $307,644 would do the trick for Overton. If he lands just short, he'll fall into conditional status and will still be able to find a few starts here and there. It's no coincidence that the Indiana Hoosier picked this event to exhaust his final start. Perhaps that's why we've seen a trail of pre-tournament WDs early in the season. The reason Overton would wait for PGA National is easy to see when you glance at his resume that includes three top 10s in nine visits in addition to a T21 and T18. His course history alone makes him a nice sleeper in DFS this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:15 PM

Peter Malnati ranks 147th in the FedExCup race ahead of his appointment at this week's Honda Classic.

The University of Missouri product is 6-for-11 to open the season but just two of those have landed inside the top 50. Now he'll head into the Honda Classic to face the Champion Course at PGA National. In his debut last year he posted rounds of 3-over 73 and 7-over 77 to finish +10 on the week, good for a share of 121st place. The lone bright spot that week was his play around-the-green, gaining 0.80 strokes per round, in the sub-category. Perhaps he'll feel more comfortable his second time around, but gamers don't need to take that risk.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 2:06 PM

World No. 90 Jim Herman readies for his third Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The 39-year-old raised some eyebrows on debut in 2015, leading after 18 holes with 5-under 65, eventually T7 with rounds of 72-71-69. He missed the cut last year by five at 74-74=148. In his 106th career TOUR start, the University of Cincinnati product broke through 47 weeks ago with a one-shot win at the 2016 Shell Houston Open (as 54-hole co-leader). In 24 starts since, he's missed 12 cuts, including his last three, with one top-10 finish, 10th at the Sony Open four events ago.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 1:56 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 29 Matthew Fitzpatrick prepares for his second Honda Classic at PGA National's Champion Course.

The 22-year-old missed the cut last year by one at 4-over 71-73=144. He did travel from a missed cut the week prior in Malaysia, but doesn't face that same challenge this year, taking three weeks off after a T5 at the Dubai Desert Classic (69-72-68-67). The Englishman finished a career-best 6th in the Race to Dubai standings in 2016, wrapping up a two-win 29-event season with a one-shot come-from-behind win at the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, his third European Tour title. This is his 19th career PGA TOUR start, 14th pro, with two top-10 finishes, T7 at the 2015-16 WGC-HSBC Champions and T7 at the 2016 Masters.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 22 - 1:06 PM

Ross McGowan failed to keep his European Tour card last season but could be one to watch in this week's Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

The 44-year-old Englishman has spent most of his time on the second-tier Challenge Tour in the last few years but tends to pop up with good results when he starts in South Africa. In this event he posted T10 last year thanks mainly to a second-round 63 while he's since had three top 10s in local Sunshine Tour tournaments. The latest came via fifth place in the Eye of Africa PGA Championship two weeks ago where he was seventh for GIR. Although he's missed three of his last four cuts at this week's event, last year's top 10 and T14 in 2008 suggests he could be worthy of sleeper pick status.
Feb 22 - 9:02 AM

Christiaan Bezuidenhout made the top 25 on his debut at the Joburg Open in 2016 and he's playing some fine golf again ahead of this year's renewal at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC.

The 22-year-old local man carded 67-71-72-69 to take a share of 22nd spot 12 months ago and is also 2-for-2 in European Tour events held on his home South African soil this season. Bezuidenhout was T37 in the South African open and T56 at the Alfred Dunhill Championship after a bizarre weekend of scoring which saw him balloon to an 84 on Saturday before closing with a 69. There was an echo of those unusual numbers in last week's Dimension Data Pro-Am when he posted 68-77-64-67 to finish fifth. That was his second top five finish in as many weeks after he shot 67-68-68-73 at another Sunshine Tour event, the Eye of Africa PGA Championship. If Bezuidenhout can avoid the big number, he could be one to watch this week.
Feb 22 - 6:13 AM



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