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This week, the PGA Tour starts the Florida Swing with a trip to Palm Beach Gardens and the home of the PGA of America. PGA National hosts the Honda Classic. The Champion course is host to one of the best fields of 2015, with the dreaded Bear Trap one of the toughest stretches on the PGA Tour.
Rory McIlroy makes his 2015 U.S. debut this week and headlines a stacked field. Russell Henley is defending champion. Anybody who’s anybody not named Tiger Woods is in this tournament.
Last week wasn’t our best effort, but we did have Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson, all who had very nice finishes. If you saw James Hahn winning the Northern Trust Open, then you don’t need me.
Now, on to the picks!
1. Rory McIlroy — He’s the undisputed best in the world. He’s rested. His lawsuit is settled. He’s already got a win and a second-place finish this year. He won this event in 2012 and was co-runner-up last year in a playoff. Pick him.
2. Keegan Bradley — Get on the Bradley Bus this week. Looked good in a T-4 effort at Riviera, coming up a shot short of the playoff. He’s got three consecutive top-12 finishes at the Honda.
3. Justin Rose — Rose is playing well right now, but more importantly, he’s been in the top five at Honda in his last three starts. Missed 2014’s event with an injury.
4. Sergio Garcia — The Spaniard nearly won the Northern Trust Open with a game he admitted was “smoke and mirrors.” If he can improve even a little, he’s a threat to win on a course where he’s never missed the cut and was T-8 last year.
5. Russell Henley — The defending champion has been very steady to start this season. He had a pair of fall top-four finishes and hasn’t missed a cut. He was T-13 here in 2013. Streaky, but this course seems to jibe with his game.
6. Graeme McDowell — The Ulsterman has never missed the cut here, and had three top-10 efforts from 2011-13. That works for us.
7. Lee Westwood — Westwood is five-for-five at PGA National and has three top-nine finishes. Been in the top nine in two 2015 starts on the European Tour.
8. Charl Schwartzel — The 2011 Masters winner finished a respectable T-41 at Riviera, but we like him this week because of his affinity for PGA National. In three of his last four Honda starts, Schwartzel has finished in the top 15.
9. Brooks Koepka — Koepka’s been off for a few weeks after a T-41 at Torrey Pines as a follow to his Phoenix PGA Tour breakthrough. T-33 here last year, but Koepka is a better player now.
10. Martin Kaymer — Kaymer’s been playing extremely well to kick off his 2015. Yeah, he melted down in Abu Dhabi, but he hasn’t finished worse than fourth in his last three starts. Who cares if his PGA National record is a dud?
My DraftKings team for this week:
1. Justin Rose — $10,800
2. Keegan Bradley — $9,800
3. Russell Henley – $8,300
4. Fredrik Jacobson — $7,200
5. Charles Howell III — $7,100
6. Erik Compton — $5,800