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Adam Scott took home the hardware after the 2016 Honda Classic and returns this week for a chance to defend his title at PGA National's Champion Course.

World No. 7 eased into his victory last year, opening with an even-par 70 to find himself T23 after day one. From there he posted rounds to 65-66-70 to land one clear of runner-up Sergio Garcia and four clear of Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas. The most remarkable part of that victory was surviving a quad-bogey 7 at the par-3 15th in round three. On the week he put on a ball-striking clinic, gaining 4.7 strokes off-the-tee and 7.7 strokes approaching-the-green. Last week, Scott posted a T11 at the Genesis Open, his first start in the States since the TOUR Championship in September. The Aussie deserves to be a top-tier pick in all fantasy formats this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 12:04 PM

Jason Dufner returns to action as he readies for this week's Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Dufner has made just three starts this season, all since the calendar flipped to 2017 and all coming on bermudagrass greens. It's likely no coincidence that he bobbed-and-weaved his way around the poa annua swing, since he grew up in Florida on mostly bermudagrass courses. His history at this event is very inviting with an 8-for-8 record, with just one of those finishes coming before the move to PGA National. Gamers looking for a cut made this week, should look in Dufner's direction.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 11:57 AM

Grayson Murray turns his attention to PGA National's Champion Course ahead of his debut at this week's Honda Classic.

The PGA TOUR rookie has opened the season with five missed cuts in eight starts. On the bright side, he still ranks 107th in the FedExCup standings thanks to a T8 finish in the fall (Sanderson Farms). The North Carolina native should feel relief as the TOUR heads back to the East Coast for this week's Honda Classic. The 23-year-old led the Web.com Tour in birdie average last year, making him a great boom-or-bust option in deeper fantasy formats.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 11:52 AM

Past champion Russell Henley returns to PGA National for his fifth appearance at this week's Honda Classic.

The Georgia Bulldog finished T13 in his 2013 Honda debut and returned the following year and went on to win the event. He posted rounds of 64-68-68 before a 2-over 72 in the finale put him in a four-man playoff. Henley walked out victorious over Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy, and Ryan Palmer in that playoff. More recently, Henley has been rattling off top 25s to open the season. In seven starts he's posted five finishes of T24 or better. With a good mixture of form and history, Henley should be on the radar for gamers this week.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 11:47 AM

Stephen Gangluff survived a 5-for-2 playoff at the open qualifier into this week's Honda Classic, joining him at PGA National will be Joey Garber, Ryan Armour, and Brett Drewitt.

Gangluff has 60 career PGA TOUR starts under his belt, but this will be his first since the 2013 RBC Canadian Open (missed cut). Overall, he is 22-for-60, with three top 25s. The 41-year-old journeyman is a long shot to contend this week, but it's nice to see him on the big stage again. Brett Drewitt was the other survivor of the 5-for-2 playoff that took place this morning at Mayacoo Lakes Country Club. The Web.com Tour grad will be making his seventh start of the season and currently ranks 165th in the FedExCup race. The three golfers that got eliminated in this morning's playoff include: Nicholas Lindheim, Jonathan Randolph, and Julian Etulain.
Feb 21 - 10:21 AM

Joey Garber took top honors at today's open qualifier into this week's Honda Classic, firing an 8-under-par 31-32=63 to seal his seat. Joining him from the qualifier will be Ryan Armour (7-under 64) and the two survivors of a 5-for-2 playoff taking place tomorrow morning.

Garber is a qualifying machine. He played in four events last season, Monday qualifying into three of those events and receiving a sponsor's invite into the other (Wyndham Championship). The Georgia Bulldog also received a sponsor's exemption for his PGA TOUR debut at the 2014 Travelers, his only start prior to last season. For Garber, that means 4-of-6 PGA TOUR appearances have been hard-earned. Despite his stellar track record on Mondays, he's finished outside the top 70 in four of his five starts. That's not to say the upside is not there for Garber, as he posted a T13 at the 2016 Barracuda Championship. Gamers can safely avoid Garber for fantasy purposes, but he is an interesting name to watch on the leaderboard this week. Tomorrow morning Nicholas Lindheim, Stephen Gangluff, Jonathan Randolph, Brett Drewitt, and Julian Etulain will vie for the last two spots.
Feb 20 - 9:56 PM

Blayne Barber finished on the podium at the 2016 Honda Classic and returns this week for another crack at PGA National's Champion Course.

The Florida native posted a 58th-place finish in his 2015 debut at The Honda Classic. He took it up a notch in his second visit, posting four rounds at even-par 70 or better to find himself T23→T5→3→T3 after each round, respectively. That went in the books as his career-best finish at the time, although he bested it last fall when he lost in a playoff at The RSM Classic. Barber is still finding his legs on the PGA TOUR but this week presents a great opportunity for him to shine once again.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 20 - 9:21 PM

Will MacKenzie makes his way back to PGA National’s Champion Course for this week's Honda Classic.

MacKenzie is playing the 2016-17 season out of the Web.com Tour graduate reshuffle. He didn't crack the field on merit, but received a sponsor's invite, giving him a chance to increase on his already great course history. In seven events played at this course, he's racked up three finished of T12 or better, missing just one cut. MacKenzie is also coming in fresh off a T14 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am, just two weeks ago. That was his first top 15 since the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, with 20 events in between. The 42-year-old brings a lot of potential this week for gamers looking for an under-the-radar sleeper.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 20 - 9:11 PM

Brandon Stone has won two of the last six European Tour events he's contested on home South African soil and will look for more success in this week's Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club where he's rated the clear favourite for victory with the bookies.

The 23-year-old made the breakthrough with a two-shot win in the 2016 BMW South African Open last January before he scored a dominant six-stroke victory in November's Alfred Dunhill Championship, the opening event of this season's Race to Dubai. So far in the Joburg Open he's 3-for-4 with a best of T16 in 2014. He added T28 last year and was T46 on debut in 2012 so hasn't quite been able to crack the code at this venue yet. After finishing T31 in defense of his South African Open title, the former University of Texas grad tried his luck on the PGA TOUR last month but failed to cash at the CareerBuilder Challenge or Farmers Insurance Open. That may be where his future lies long term but the experience will have done him good and he showed no dip in confidence when returning to the European Tour a week later to take T7 in a quality field at the Dubai Desert Classic. This is first start following a two-week rest since that top 10.
Feb 20 - 9:45 AM

Adilson da Silva has missed just one edition of the Joburg Open since the inaugural tournament in 2007 and heads back to Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club this week to try his luck again.

The Brazilian enjoyed his best week when T6 on debut while his second best result came last year when shooting 68-72-68-71 to take T22. That was a third top 25 and overall he's 6-for-9. The laser-straight driver ended 2016 with T14 in the Hong Kong Open and kicked off 2017 with T40 in the South African Open. He's since returned to Asia where he's placed T18 in the Singapore Open and T59 at the Maybank Championship in Malaysia.
Feb 20 - 9:22 AM

Maximilian Kieffer posted two top 20s on the recent Desert Swing and sits 44th on the Race to Dubai going into this week's Joburg Open at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club.

The German opened his 2017 campaign with T12 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and, after missing the cut in Qatar, returned to the United Arab Emirates to finish T19 in the Dubai Desert Classic. He followed the latter with T41 in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia, ranking in the top 10 in Scrambling for the second tournament running. Kieffer made his debut in this event four years ago and held the first-round lead (64) before slipping back to T29. He returned in 2015 and was 15th after 54 holes before ending T32. After signs of promise, he'll look to keep it going for all four rounds this time.
Feb 20 - 9:15 AM

Robert Rock slots in at 97th on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week's Joburg Open in South Africa; he'll be making his seventh start in the event.

The Englishman last appeared at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club in 2014 when he missed the cut for the second straight year. However, before that Rock was 4-for-4 and posted T25 in 2010 and T9 in 2012 after opening 65-68. The two-time European Tour winner (2011 Italian Open, 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship) missed all three cuts on the Desert Swing but found some form with T26 in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia on his last outing. He's also made the top 12 in two of his last three appearances in South Africa.
Feb 20 - 9:07 AM

After two top 25s in three starts on the Desert Swing, Chris Hanson continues his 2016/17 European Tour campaign with a second appearance at the Joburg Open.

Hanson got a first look at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club 12 months ago but weekend rounds of 75-72 left him down in T61. His last two starts in South Africa have shown plenty of promise before being let down by poor Sundays. The Englishman was second after 54 holes of the Alfred Dunhill Championship in December but ended T11 while he was pushing for a top 10 finish at last month's South African Open before dropping 10 spots to T26 in round four. Hanson followed that with T23 in Abu Dhabi and T18 in Qatar before missing the cut in Dubai. He's currently 48th on the Race to Dubai.
Feb 20 - 9:01 AM

World No. 248 Cameron Tringale doubled his final hole en route to a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Genesis Open, wrapping up his seventh appearance on 10-under 274, down four spots into a three-way T8, seven in arrears to champion Dustin Johnson.

Despite the horrible finish, the California native bags a fifth top 25 at Riviera CC and first top 10. His previous best was T12 in 2014. After opening in 69-64-71, the 29-year-old began the final round in solo 4th, eight back of Johnson. With no re-pairing between Rounds 3 and 4, he still played out of the final threesome with the eventual champ. The Georgia Tech alum erased a lone bogey-5 at 5 with birdies at 1, 12, 14 and 16, landing six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation. At the 18th, the same hole he slam-dunked a birdie on to end R3 from 82 yards out, it took him four to get on the surface, 2-putting from 12'10", dropping from a would-be T2. It's still Tringale's first top 10 (and first top 25) of the season in 10 starts and first top 10 since T2 at the 2015-16 Shriners, 69 weeks ago.
Feb 19 - 9:26 PM

PGA TOUR rookie and World No. 141 Wesley Bryan back-pedaled to a 1-over-par 35-37=72 in today's final round of the Genesis Open to finish up his tourney debut on 11-under 273, falling two places into a career-best four-way T4, six shy of champion Dustin Johnson.

The 2016 Web.com Tour Player of the Year began the final frame in solo 2nd, five back of the would-be-champ and reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year. Due to no re-pairing between Rounds 3 and 4, he played out of the eighth-to-last threesome, teeing off 1 hour and 10 minutes before Johnson, coincidentally both Colombia, South Carolina, natives. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and found 11 greens in regulation, posting a pedestrian 1.818 putts per GIR, -1.225 SG: Putting and 30 putts total. Bryan circled four birdies but outbalanced them with five bogeys, four failed scrambles and a 3-putt from 9'4" at the third. This was his 13th career start, ninth as a member, and brushes aside a previous-best T8 at the 2016 John Deere Classic.
Feb 19 - 8:58 PM


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