We are over at the Honda Classic this week in sunny Florida and will be set up beside the 10th tee box if anybody wants to drop by. Its sure to be a busy week with some of the biggest names in Golf set to tee off at The PGA National Resort & Spa.
Tigers Back to Back
No surprise that the most notable story rolling into the weekend is that not only is Tiger Woods set to play but it is his first time playing back to back tournaments in over 3 years. This is exciting news for golf fans alike but it is finally nice to see Tiger feeling back to normal. After a number of failed comebacks, many had questioned if Tigers back will ever hold up enough to bring him back to the golfing world. Tiger himself will be looking for a better and more consistent outing than last weeks Genesis Open where he failed to make the cut. There were some promising glimpses of the old Tiger but its gonna take some time for him to come to terms with his new skillset.
Fowler ready for Defence
Defending champion Rickie Fowler is all set to tee off this week in the hope to retain his 2017 Honda Classic title. “This has been a tournament that I always look forward to. I love playing the Champion Course with all the ups and downs.” In last years tournament, Fowler notably made a number of 35ft+ birdie putts to stay ahead of the field and will be hoping for the same outcome again this weekend. Fowler will be under no illusion that to repeat the feat will be a tough task especially considering the long list of household names that will be accompanying him.
Rory still in search of first Tour Win
Another injury worry coming into this year, alongside Tiger, was Rory McIlroy who had a below par 2017 for his standards due to a reoccurring rib injury. Despite an incredibly promising start to the year, with the Dubai Desert Classic being one that even Rory himself felt he let slip away, things haven’t been going as smoothly as he may have liked. He missed the cut at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and followed it up with a T20 at the Genesis Open last weekend. Rory will be certainly hoping to regain some of the form he had produced earlier in the year going -40 for his first two tournaments. With the Masters coming up quickly and the Ryder Cup later in the year, McIlroy and fans alike will be hoping to see him get his hands on some trophies in the coming weeks.
The Honda Classic is always a fan favorite and even missing a number of notable players at last years event, the spectators number grew to over 200,000 in the 7 days. We are delighted to be over here and to have the opportunity to showcase to the tournament goers what the North & West of Ireland has to offer to.