What's Lincoln Thinkin': 10 players to watch at the Honda Classic
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (CBS12) —
140 players will tee it up in the Honda Classic this week at PGA National. But, there are 10 that have the best chances to lift a trophy on Sunday. Here's the What's Lincoln Thinkin' list of the 10 players to watch at the Honda Classic.
10. Adam Scott - The former Masters champ hasn't been playing great golf lately, but he has three straight top 15 finishes at PGA National, including a win two years ago.
9. Patton Kizzire - He's playing good enough golf in 2018 to put himself at the top of the FedEx Cup Standings. Two wins all ready make him someone to watch out for, even if he hasn't had a lot of success in two starts at PGA National.
8. Daniel Berger - The Jupiter native has two missed cuts in the Honda Classic after losing the playoff to Padraig Harrington in 2015. Berger was playing good golf until he missed the cut at the Genesis Open last week. No one is more at home at PGA National.
7. Tommy Fleetwood - The 13th ranked player in the world, is another player that's started 2018 hot around the globe. After a top 5 in the U.S. Open last year, the 27 year old Brit has a win and three top tens in his last 5 starts. This is his first Honda Classic.
6. Tyrrell Hatton - He played catch-up during the final round last year, when he was paired with Rickie Fowler on Sunday. He finished 7th, but the 26 year old Brit has 11 straight top 20's all over the world, including two victories.
5. Gary Woodland - The only player to push Rickie Fowler last year, Woodland closed the gap to one on Sunday before he finished second, four strokes back. Woodland won the Waste Management Open earlier this month, which means he's used to rowdy crowds - which he could get going through the Bear Trap on Sunday.
4. Sergio Garcia - Two years ago he fell just short to Adam Scott. In the past year he's become a major champion, and won a few other times around the world. In his 2018 debut on U.S. soil, he should play well on a course he's comfortable on.
3. Rickie Fowler - The 7th ranked player in the world has not been raking in wins lately - in fact last year's Honda Classic is his only win in the last two years. But he has 8 top tens in his last 14 tournaments. No reason to think he won't be on the first page of the leaderboard this weekend.
2. Rory McIlroy - The 2012 Champion is one of the best players in the world. He seems to be past the rib injury that wreaked havoc on his 2017 schedule - with a 2nd place finish in Dubai. If he's healthy, he's going to give the American young guns all they can handle in the majors, and likely, at PGA National this weekend.
1. Justin Thomas - The highest ranked player in the field, the fourth ranked Thomas is the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year, FedEx Cup Champion, and Wanamaker Trophy winner. The Jupiter resident has a third place finish, and two missed cuts at the Honda. But this is his year, to be crowned champ.