An Early Look at The Honda Classic

By Carl Conrad
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After several taxing days of golf at the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship, it’s no wonder that Jason Day has decided not to participate in this week’s Honda Classic at the PGA National Champion Course. Only one of the eight finalists from last week’s match play event is playing at the Honda Classic, and that is Graeme McDowell. Despite that fact, this field is stocked, including defending champion (and still number one golfer in the world) Rory McIlroy.

The PGA National course is the home of the “Bear Trap”, one of the most daunting three-hole stretches in all of golf. The start of this stretch, the 15th hole, is a short par three with water on two sides and a sand trap on a third. The 16th hole is similar to its predecessor, but it is a short par four with an incredibly skinny fairway. The final component of the “Bear Trap” is yet another par three, but this one is a bit longer than number 15. It measures approximately 190 yards, but this approach shot is also over water. A small green with a bunker on the left, this hole requires pinpoint precision.

This field is stacked with the likes of Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, McIlroy and Justin Rose, just to name a few. With that being said, I like McDowell to put together a solid outing and reach the winner’s circle this week. G-Mac had a nice showing at the WGC Accenture Match Play event, notwithstanding his loss to Day. He has also racked up two top 10 finishes in his last two starts at PGA National. He got his game in gear last week and I fully expect that to continue in Florida.

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