Unfortunately none of the aforementioned top three golfers will be in attendance this week however last year’s defending champion Adam Scott will look to successfully defend his title. Scott won the tournament with a collective score of 9 under par which was one stroke better than Sergio Garcia in what ended up becoming a two man race on Sunday afternoon.
This weeks field is headline by both Scott and Garcia as they look to find their place atop the leaderboard on Sunday.
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Adam Scott (13.00): Adam Scott will be playing in only his third event of the year when he tees off on Thursday morning and last week’s Genesis Open was his first time playing stateside on the year. The Australian has played well in his two events this year making both cuts and had an impressive T11 (-9) finish last week. Scott is one of the more consistent golfers on tour and it shouldn’t be a surprise if he’s in the hunt for a repeat championship on the weekend.
Rickie Fowler (17.00): Rickie has looked pretty good so far this year as he’s made the cut on three of his four events. His lone miss came at the Farmers Insurance Open which happened to see a lot of big named golfers play just two rounds. Fowler has two top 10 finishes under his belt (a T3 and T4) and will be looking to improve on his T6 showing in this event from a year ago.
Sergio Garcia (17.00): It’s been an interesting year for El Nino this season as like Adam Scott, will only be playing in his third event. Sergio won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic his first time out only to follow it up with a T49 finish last week at Riviera Golf Club. Garcia is one of the most talented players on tour and remains one of the best ball strikers around. However the fact that his putter was ice cold last week is something to keep an eye on with the summer around the corner.
Justin Thomas (17.00): Youngster Justin Thomas has cooled off a bit of late after winning his first two events out of the gate. He missed the cut at the Waste Management Open and then followed it up with a T39 finish at last week’s Genesis Open. The future is bright for Thomas as he trailed only Dustin Johnson last week in distance off the tee, and tied the world #1 for greens in regulation. He also finished in third in this event last year and should be considered a threat to taste victory Sunday.
Russell Knox (29.00): Knox will be playing in his fifth tournament when he tees off Thursday and will look to get back on the right side of things after missing the cut at the Waste Management Open his last time out. The Scotsman has made three of four cuts this season and started the year nicely with 16th, T17 and T11th showings to start his golf season. Knox can make all the shots and will look to improve on his T26 finish from last year.
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Kevin Kisner (41.00): At 41-1 odds Kevin Kisner is quite the nugget this week as he continues to be one of the more consistent players on tour. Kisner will be making his fourth appearance this year and has been perfect through his first three events and has yet to record a single round over par. With two top ten finishes already and his worst showing a T25 at the Career Builder, Kisner remains a high value pick this week.
Danny Willett (56.00): Last year’s Green Jacket winner Danny Willett will be playing in his first event this year Stateside. The Englishman has played four events so far on the European Tour making three of four cuts with two top 10’s. This week’s Honda Classic will be the first PGA sanctioned event on the season for Willett and will play similar to the conditions at Augusta that saw him become just the second Englishman to win the prestigious event.
Ollie Schniederjans (61.00): This pick screams value. The 23-year old Texas native continues to prove he belongs on big boy tour. Schniederjans has made the cut in all five of his events so far this year and last week had an impressive T8 finish among a difficult field. He was lights out last week at Riviera with his iron play and went a consistent 68-69-69-68 for the week. Can this be the week that he finally earns his first PGA Tour win? He will be hoping to play the weekend this year after missing the cut a season ago.
Blayne Barber (176.00): Blayne Barber? Who? You’re probably thinking why is a guy who has failed to make a cut this year (0/4) on this list? The reason is that his stats this year are somewhat deceiving. Although Barber has failed to make a cut, he’s golfed relatively well. His poorest showing was a combined three strokes over par at the Genesis Open last week. He’s been hovering around even par all year and that may be just what’s needed at a difficult course this week. Barber finished T3 in this event last year with a score of minus five, and was able to fire a round of 66 on Friday. It’s a stretch, but at 176-1 he’s worth a flyer!