I can also be found at Rotoworld.com and on Twitter @RyanGolfBlogger.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Honda Classic - Power Ranking

With most of the elite scheduled for an exciting week at PGA National, here is the power ranking for The Honda Classic.

  1. Rory McIlroy - Top 10s in each of his two stroke-play events overshadow a second-round exit at the Match Play last week. While his win in 2012 has proven to be the exception more than the rule in his five trips to PGA National, his current form suggests he's on the cusp of breaking through once more.
  2. Graeme McDowell - With top 10s in his last three Honda Classics and back-to-back top 10s to begin 2014, this spot seems obvious. 
  3. Keegan Bradley - Despite a somewhat surprising loss to Jonas Blixt in the first round of the Match Play, he owns three top-20 finishes in 2014. He has progressed well at PGA National, with a MC in his first trip giving way to a T12 and T4 the last two seasons. Also ranks ninth in par 3 scoring average, which bodes well at the Bear Trap.
  4. Tiger Woods - In two trips to PGA National, he has a T2 and a T37. What little bit of form we've seen from him in 2014 has been poor, but he's had several weeks to regroup. Let's face it. The only reason he's this high is because he's Tiger Woods.
  5. Charl Schwartzel - Finishing fifth at the Northern Trust Open trumps his loss in the second round of the Match Play in terms of form.He's improved from T14 to T9 to T5 in his last three Honda Classics. Converging trends.
  6. Sergio Garcia - While his history at this venue is pretty poor by his standards, his recent form is anything but weak. He's won two of his last four starts worldwide, and won his first two matches in the WGC-Accenture.
  7. Rickie Fowler - While his elevation in ranking is due in part to his third-place finish in the Match Play, it wouldn't have been complete without a T7-T13 run in his last two trips to PGA National. At 164th in SGP, the flat stick is holding him back.
  8. Zach Johnson - Returns to this event for the first time since a T30 in 2008, and his stat sheet offers reason for optimism. He ranks third in GIR, 25th in SGP, 12th in ball-striking and second in par 3 scoring average. 
  9. Adam Scott - A complete not to his class as a player, since he missed the cut here in his only start at PGA National back in 2011.
  10. Justin Rose - Still rounding into form after some off-season rest, this is a nice potential landing spot. He finished third here in 2010, then after a year off in '11 added a T5 in '12 and a T4 in '13.A T45 in the Northern Trust Open and a second-round loss to Ernie Els in the Match Play offer reason to be a little concerned regarding his form.
  11. Freddie Jacobson - Course history says it all, as he's 6/6 with all going for top 30s and a pair of them inside the top six. 
  12. Will MacKenzie - The Web.com Finals grad tied for fifth here in 2009 and 12th in 2010 before losing the status needed to earn a tee time at PGA National. He's been hot in 2013-14, ranking inside the top 35 in GIR, SGP, ball-striking and par 3 scoring average. 
Next 5: (alphabetical) Luke Guthrie, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Brendon Todd and Lee Westwood

We will return tomorrow with a look at the various fantasy games. Until then, best of luck!

No comments:

Post a Comment