Honda Classic Review
Last weekend saw Justin Thomas land his 8th career title on the PGA Tour at the Honda Classic. He outlasted Luke List on the first playoff hole to claim the title. This tournament win is being overshadowed, however, for Thomas by his actions of getting a heckling spectator removed from the course. A fan yelled ‘get in that bunker’ shortly after Thomas hit his tee shot at the par-4 16th during the final round, and the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year wasn’t happy about it. He alerted security and had the fan ejected. This has caused quite the controversy over social media leading to Thomas ultimately apologizing for over-reacting at the time.
The weekend was full of mixed emotions for other top players. Tiger Woods came out with a very respectable even par score for the week, 8 shots off the eventual lead. McIlroy had ups and downs throughout his rounds and finished +9 to finish a disappointing week. Tommy Fleetwood finished fourth and showed some real glimpses of the form that won him the Race to Dubai last year. He has now moved to a career high 11 in the world rankings.
WGC Mexico Championship
This weeks sees the return of the WGC Mexico Championship and the world number 1, Dustin Johnson, is back to retain his title. This time last year was when Fleetwood made his jump to elite-level finishing runner up to Johnson and in turn he never looked back. The likes of Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas as well were only contending for the first time on the tour, so 12 months on, the competition will be a lot stiffer.
Paul Dunne will be flying the Irish Flag solo this weekend as it was only himself and McIlroy who have qualified for the event. McIlroy has decided against traveling to Mexico, where he spent most of last year battling a case of food poisoning. Dunne will be hoping for a solid outing this week at the no-cut event to try moving up the rankings. He will be looking to qualify for the first major in a couple of weeks time, which in turn can offer him some much needed Ryder Cup Points. He currently sits at 86 in the world.
Other big names set to tee off are Thomas, Rahm, Spieth and Fowler. This string of young players are certain to draw the crowds and either one of them are well capable of coming out on top. Rahm has quietly moved to No.2 in the world where as Spieth and Fowler are yet to really hit form for this season. This list of names highlight a small but very solid line-up going in to the weekend.