Jason Dufner (pictured) has the best skill’s profile of the entire field for the Honda Classic in that he excels in finding the greens in the correct number of shots and scores well for bogey avoidance. He is also better than average in terms of driving accuracy and it is accuracy more than distance that will be the key to success this week.
Dufner has played in four of the last six Honda Classics and made the cut each time so he has built up a decent bank of course form. He has the temperament and skills to plot his way around the relatively short course. His shot making ability makes him a leading contender in the first leg of the Florida swing.
After several years having shown potential but not winning titles Dufner won two tournaments last season and contended in the US Open. He had a relatively decent Ryder Cup and is now at a career high of 15 in the world rankings which he can improve upon with a good week at the Honda Classic.
Martin Kaymer will never face a more intense situation in his golf career than the putt he faced to win the Ryder Cup for Europe last September. He knew if the putt was holed Europe retained the Cup at least but if he missed the United States would then become huge favorites to win the matches.
Kaymer responded to the pressure and drained the putt so the worst that Europe could achieve was a halved match which meant the Cup was retained. Tiger Woods missed a short putt and conceded a putt to Francesco Molinari in the final singles so Europe won the matches outright.
In the context of this week’s Honda Classic, Kaymer is appearing in the tournament for the first time in his career. He should be suited to the PGA National Champion course and looks like being in contention over the weekend.
The German player was third in the world rankings after he won the US PGA Championship in 2010. Kaymer has now won a major, a World Golf Championship event and eight regular tournaments in Europe and is looking to add a regular PGA tournament to his tally in Florida this week.