Golf Rankings for The Honda Classic
Tiger Woods [Yahoo Class C]
Even though Woods bombed out in the first round of last week’s Match Play Championship, he won at Torrey Pines back in late January. Tiger has only competed at the Honda Classic once, earning a share of second last year. Woods is also scheduled to suit up for next week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship, a track where he has experienced a lot of success.
Rory McIlroy [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #3
McIlroy had an uneven history in this event until winning by two strokes a year ago. The No. 1 ranked player in the world has struggled in 2013 thus far, however. McIlroy missed the cut at Abu Dhabi and was another giant that fell in the opening round of match play.
Charl Schwartzel [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #27
Schwartzel was also one of many big names that faltered early in match play, but he should be just fine this week. He has played the Honda twice, a T5 last year and a T14 in 2011. Schwartzel’s first start on Tour this season was a T3 at Riviera.
Graeme McDowell [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #89
After missing the cut at Riviera, his first start of the season, McDowell rebounded by making the quarterfinals in match play. At the Honda, he’s been sharp each of the last two years with T9 and T6 finishes.
Justin Rose [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #12
Rose lost in the second round of match play a week ago, but had two solid finishes on the European Tour earlier in the year. After grabbing a share of second at Abu Dhabi, Rose finished T16 at Qatar. This week, Rose is playing his first stroke play event of 2013 in the states. He finished T5 in this event last year and solo third in 2010.
Lee Westwood [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #48
After starting the year off with a T5 at Dubai, Westwood has not been as impressive since playing stateside. The Honda is a good venue for him to turn things around, though. Over the last three years, Westwood has made each cut, highlighted by a solo fourth in 2012.
Jason Day [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #2
Over his last four starts, Day has finished inside the top 10 each time, including a third-place finish in match play. He has competed in the Honda twice, withdrawing due to an illness in 2010 and missing the cut in 2008.
Louis Oosthuizen [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #25
Oosthuizen began the year with a victory in the Volvo Golf Champions, a tournament of champions on the European Tour. More recently, he finished T34 in last month’s Euro event at Qatar and lost in the second round of match play. Oosthuizen was scheduled to play the Honda each of the last two years, but withdrew in the final round with sinus problems each time.
Fredrik Jacobson [Yahoo Class C]
Jacobson went down in the third round of match play, following a T7 at Pebble Beach and a T3 at Riviera. The Swede took advantage of struggling opponents to advance in the brackets, but has been playing with enough consistency lately in stroke play events to believe his first trip to the Honda will also go smoothly.
Keegan Bradley [Yahoo Class C] - World Ranking: #106
Bradley has made four of his five cuts this season, tallying three finishes inside the top 25. This will be his third consecutive start in the Honda after missing the cut in 2011 and finishing T12 a year ago.
Rickie Fowler [Yahoo Class A] - World Ranking: #14
After missing the cut in his first two starts at the Honda, Fowler scored a T7 in this event last year. He began this season with a pair of T6 finishes, but has since missed the cut in the Phoenix Open and went down in the first round of match play.
Charles Howell III [Yahoo Class B] - World Ranking: #64
Over the last three years, Howell has finished inside the top 30 each time in the Honda, highlighted by a T10 in 2011. CH3 began the year with two podium finishes and three straight top-10s, but has cooled off a bit since.
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