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Grayson Murray is dealing with the flu ahead of his appearance at this week's Honda Classic.

Murray shared an Instagram Story this afternoon saying, "When you have the flu and it's hot outside but you are freezing." He showed himself all bundled up with a hooded sweatshirt, despite the temperature reading 82 degrees. The big hitter finishes T8 in his latest start (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am) but he now becomes a risky option if this flu bug lingers into tomorrow. Murray missed the cut in his Honda Classic debut last year. Gamers should consider alternative options if possible since an early-Thursday WD is not out of the question. If he is forced to WD before the start of the event, Ethan Tracy would be next in line as the first alternate.
Feb 21 - 9:52 PM

Michael Thompson heads to PGA National's Champion Course at The Honda Classic this week hoping for a repeat of 2013 when he was the tournament's winner.

Palm Beach Gardens is a special place for Thompson, as he picked up his first and only career PGA title at the sunny locale five years ago. The 32-year-old has had mixed results this season, making two cuts and missing two others. That inconsistency mirrors his past four performances at The Honda Classic, as he has missed two cuts in the past four years since his win. He showed well at The RSM Classic back in mid-November, shooting 68 or better in each round, but that's been his only consistent play to date. Over the past two events he is averaging 74.0 in four rounds, and that simply will not do. Thompson is a contrarian play, as DFS players look for a return to the halcyon days of 2013.
Feb 21 - 6:36 PM

Brian Harman hits the links at PGA National's Champion Course at The Honda Classic looking to maintain his outstanding accuracy this week.

Harman ranks ninth on the PGA Tour in Driving Accuracy Percentage (71.20), and he is even better in Greens In Regulation (GIR) Percentage, ranking fourth overall. Staying clear of trouble has helped his overall game, as he ranks 14th in Scoring Average (69.879). While his scrambling ability has also been top notch, one of the holes in his game has been on the greens with his putter. If he could clean up his Putts Per Round (29.23), currently ranking him at 111th on tour, he might be quite unstoppable. Even so, Harman has quietly racked up five Top 10 showings through seven events. He has made the cut in three of his past four showings at The Honda Classic, including an 11th-place finish in 2015.
Feb 21 - 6:27 PM

Chad Campbell will participate in The Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida this week looking to make the cut in his third consecutive event.

While the 43-year-old Campbell has made it to the weekend in his past two tournaments, his overall body of week is marginal at best. He has made the cut six times in 10 events, but he hasn't finished better than 43rd in any outing. It's uncertain if conditioning is an issue, but his Final Round Scoring Average (72.83) is worst among any of his four rounds this season. So even if he makes it to the weekend, he is generally descending and not ascending on the leaderboard. That's not a quality DFS owners like to see.
Feb 21 - 6:23 PM

World No. 11 Sergio Garcia makes his PGA TOUR season debut at The Honda Classic and heads out at 7:35 am ET in Round 1 with Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger.

In his previous four TOUR campaigns, the 38-year-old has methodically made the Honda his fourth start of the season. His last TOUR start was the TOUR Championship back in September, where he finished T10 and 21st in the FedExCup standings. The Spaniard went 16-for-17 last season with 10 top 25s and just three top 10s, his lowest top-10 total since 2012. Of course, one of those was the playoff win at the Masters, his first major title in his 74th overall major appearance and 19th Masters. Garcia is a perfect 7-for-7 at the Honda with four top 25s and two top 10s, highlighted by a solo 2nd in 2016, where he was a 54-hole co-leader with eventual champ Adam Scott. After the 2017 TOUR Championship, he's made eight worldwide starts, winning two times, including the Andalucia Valderrama Masters -- hosted by his foundation -- back in October, and the Singapore Open five weeks ago, his 21st international victory.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 4:29 PM

World No. 393 Blayne Barber contests The Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and arrives at 159th in the FedExCup standings.

The Lake City, Florida, native has two career top-3 finishes in 87 career events. A career-best P2 at the 2017 RSM Classic, and a T3 here in 2016 (70-66-69-70). Overall, he's 3-for-3 on the par-70 PGA National's Champion Course, adding a T62 last year, T32 thru 54 holes (67-71-69-78), and a 58th on debut in 2015. The Auburn alum is 4-for-6 on the season with just one top 25, a T25 at the RSM back in November, and checks in off a T67 at the WM Phoenix Open three weeks ago. In his six starts this season totaling 21 rounds, he's been in the top 10 after two rounds, both at the above-mentioned RSM.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 4:06 PM

Past champ and World No. 171 Luke Donald is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for The Honda Classic and checks in at 175th in the FedExCup standings.

The Jupiter, Florida, resident won in 2006 at the par-72 CC at Mirasol -- also in Palm Beach Gardens -- and was runner-up here at PGA National in 2008. Overall, he's 10-for-10 with six top 25s and five top 10s, and ranks 2nd in career earnings at the event behind two-time champ Padraig Harrington. The Northwestern alum is 2-for-5 on the season with a best of T32 at the Shriners (season debut), adding a T37 at last week's Genesis (71-72-72-68). He's not been in the top 10 after any round since finishing 2nd at the 2017 RBC Heritage last April.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 3:46 PM

World No. 86 Emiliano Grillo is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for The Honda Classic and arrives at 81st in the FedExCup standings.

The Bradenton, Florida, resident is 2-for-2 at PGA National with a T74/2016 and T43 last year (both ending with 7-over 77s). He was T3 thru 54 holes last year (68-70-65) and played out of the penultimate twosome on Sunday. The 2016 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year is 7-for-7 this season with two top 25s and one top 10, a T9 at the OHL back in November, and checks in off a T57 at the WM Phoenix Open three weeks ago. The 25-year-old is a one-time TOUR winner in 64 career events, claiming the 2016 Frys.com in his first start as a member. In his seven starts this season (28 rounds), he's been in the top 10 after five rounds.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 3:30 PM

Jason Dufner preps for his fifth start of the season as he turns his attention toward this week's Honda Classic.

The Auburn Tiger is 8-for-8 at the Honda since PGA National's Champion Course took over hosting duties. That includes a pair of top 20s in two of his last three visits. Getting into contention has been the norm for him here, entering the final round inside the top 12 in 4-of-8 visits. Early in the season, Dufner has been leaning heavily on a hot putter, gaining strokes with the flat stick in each of his last three starts. That has been the weakest part of his game over most of his career but he should big improvement last year. Gamers should continue to ride the hot putter until he shows any sign of slowing down.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 2:01 PM

Ryan Armour is hoping a return to bermudagrass greens will spark some form as he preps for this week's Honda Classic.

The late-blooming ball-striker is 8-for-11 this season including a win at the Sanderson Farms Championship. That was an event played in Mississippi with thick rough and grainy greens. Armour should be happy to return to a similar course setup this week. In four previous trips to PGA National, he is 1-for-4 but we've seen a huge leap from Armour this season so we may be able to throw out or weight that previous history a bit less. On the season he ranks 4th in driving accuracy and 32nd in strokes gained approaching-the-green. Gamers should give Armour a look in deeper leagues, DFS in particular.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 1:50 PM

Greg Chalmers comes into this week's Honda Classic ranked 204th in the early FedExCup standings.

It's still very early but Chalmers has opened the season with just three cuts made in 10 starts. The lefty hasn't made the FEC Playoffs since 2013. Even with a 2016 victory, he didn't crack them. More recently, he missed the cut in five straight events before grabbing a T68 last week. As for this event, Chalmers is 5-for-7 since the time that PGA National took over hosting duties. With a little course experience under his belt, gamers could take a flyer in very deep leagues, but he's a long shot to truly contend.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Feb 21 - 1:35 PM

Benjamin Hebert boasts converging trends for this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.

The young Frenchman slots in at 43rd on the Race to Dubai after climbing up with T17 at the Maybank Championship and T9 at the Oman Open on his last two starts. To go with that course form, Hebert has also shown a real liking for this week's exposed par 72. After a modest start in 2015, he fired 68-69-67 to take T10 in 2015 and backed that up with four under-par rounds to take T20 in 2016. He cashed again last year but had to settle for T65. Hebert was second on the All-Around stats in Oman last week so, given all his credentials, it's no surprise to see him ranked in the top 10 on Draftkings this week. There are plenty more well-known names in the field so ownership could be low if you're looking to create some difference in your line-ups.
Feb 21 - 7:50 AM

Mikko Ilonen has finished top 15 in three of the last five editions of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and he'll try his luck again at Doha GC this week.

The Finn was runner-up in 2014 after closing with 66 and that followed T9 the previous year. He added T13 two years ago although did miss the cut in both 2015 and 2017. He'll return to Doha having made his last three cuts, all in events held in the Middle East. Ilonen was T40 in Abu Dhabi, T57 in Dubai and then T26 in the Oman Open last week after a pair of weekend 70s. His recent putting stats look positive and could pave the way for another strong showing.
Feb 21 - 7:36 AM

Anthony Wall has been a reliable performer in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC and he's ready to do battle again this year.

The veteran Englishman has played in 17 previous editions and in the last 11 has appeared in the top 30 on seven occasions. That includes T6 in 2013, T15 in 2006 and T21 last year. Wall caught the eye in Dubai last month when starting out with a 63 to sit second after the opening day. He wobbled through the middle two rounds but hit back with a 66 to take T22. Either side of that he's missed cuts in Abu Dhabi and Oman but his record at Doha GC deserves respect and he could be a worthwhile cheap option for gamers.
Feb 21 - 7:27 AM

Robert Rock finally ignited his 2018 campaign with T7 at the Oman Open on Sunday and he'll peg it up with renewed confidence in this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

The Englishman posted T31 in Hong Kong back in November in his first counting event on this season's Race to Dubai but since the year turned he's swallowed MCs in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Malaysia. That was until a top 10 in Oman last week where he shot three 69s and a 71. Best-known for holding off Tiger Woods down the stretch to win the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, he's 4-for-7 at Doha although two of his last four appearances have resulted in top 25s. Rock closed with 67 to finish T22 in 2014 and added T20 two years ago. To balance that, he didn't make the weekend in either 2015 or 2017 so if you like patterns he's due a good finish this year. The T7 in Oman adds some sturdier logic to that idea.
Feb 21 - 7:06 AM


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