With the West Coast Swing now complete, the top players will converge on the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. this week for the 2013 Honda Classic as they continue their own campaigns heading towards the US Masters at Augusta National in April.
The Par 70, 7158 yard layout was ranked the second hardest on the PGA Tour last year and demands accurate tee-shots as well as pin point approach shots with the heavily contoured greens. The course has the ability to throw up some rough results throughout the week, and whoever wins will be up the top of all the stats and will thoroughly deserve their win.
The top ranked players had a hard time last week in the Arizona Desert, with Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy eliminated in the first round. Defending champion, McIlroy has struggled with his game since signing a $200M deal with Nike, but has had some extra time to prepare for this week’s tournament.
A shoulder injury kept Paul Casey out of action for much of 2012 but so far this season on the European Tour he has had a solid start with two top 25 finishes. He heads to the States looking to regain his form of the past with the first major championship no more then 7 weeks away.
Other players who will be keen to contend this week include Charles Schwartzel who has enjoyed a good start to the year despite losing to Russell Henley in Arizona last week. Lee Westwood who is arguably one of the best current players not to win a major will look to build on a slow start to the season, but will be right at home at the PGA National Champion course after moving to Palm Beach Gardens in the off-season.
Fed Ex Cup leader, Brandt Snedeker will again sit out for the second week in a row with sore ribs, which he suffered 4 weeks ago at the Humana Challenge and Australian, Jason Day was a late withdrawal for this week’s tournament after coming down with an illness. Day continued his good run last week finishing third in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, following on from his top 10 finish two weeks ago at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
You can watch all four rounds of the 2013 Honda Classic live on the Golf Channel and NBC over the weekend. Stay tuned to Pro Golf Now for updates over the four days in Florida.