Fantasy Tip Sheet: Honda Classic

Rory McIlroy reacts on the 18th hole after finishing the third round of Dubai Desert Classic.

Rory McIlroy reacts on the 18th hole after finishing the third round of Dubai Desert Classic.

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Rory McIlroy had the World No. 1 ranking in his grasp and let it slip last week at Match Play. At least one of our panelists thinks he'll make an immediate rebound this week in Florida.

The Honda Classic will feature four top-10 players (according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings), including McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel and Tiger Woods.

This is Tiger's first time playing the Honda at PGA National.

But plenty of eyes will be back on McIlroy, who can attain the world's top ranking with a win this week.

A sleeper pick? Y.E. Yang would fit that bill. He played well last week at Match Play (losing to Hunter Mahan in the second round), but has played well in 2012.

As for our fantasy panel, Sean Martin made the biggest move up the leaderboard, with this picks of Rory McIlroy and Keegan Bradley last week. Alex Miceli remains the leader for the season, while Jim McCabe is the only other panelist to make more than $3 million.

Take a look at who they like this week:

Rank Winner Wild Card Last Week
Rude Rory McIlroy

In form, as we saw by his run to final at Match Play. Motivated by carrot of No. 1. Tough courses bring out best in him.

Keegan Bradley

Game sharp, as shown by his performance at Riviera a couple of weeks ago, when he was in a playoff

Winner: Steve Stricker ($140,000); wild card: Ian Poulter ($45,000). 2012 total: $2,453,413.

McCabe Lee Westwood

Played beautifully at Accenure. No reason his ball-striking won't shine at difficult PGA National.

Jeff Overton

Has fallen from view since making Ryder Cup team in 2010 but has what it takes to pull things together.

Winner: Charl Schwartzel ($95,000); wild card: Brandt Snedeker ($140,000). 2012 total: $3,451,831.

Martin Ben Crane

He finished third here in 2009 and has three top-10s already this season, including a runner-up at Phoenix.

Matt Every

Feast or famine here. The Florida native has two top-10s and two missed cuts in four starts this year, including a third-place finish at Mayakoba. Played well through 54 holes in his last Honda start (2010) before a final-round 77 dropped him to 26th.

Winner: Rory McIlroy ($850,000); wild card: Keegan Bradley ($95,000). 2012 total: $2,491,326.

Miceli Fredrik Jacobson

Back to Florida and the Swede should be on a role.

Y.E. Yang

Playing some good golf, expect him to continue at PGA National.

Winner: Adam Scott ($45,000); wild card: Kyle Stanley ($95,000). 2012 total: $3,965,659.

Ringler Retief Goosen

For Goosen, not a lot of history at this venue, but current form is good. A pair of top 10s already in 2012 and with a difficult layout and setup, it's the type of event where Goosen could be in the hunt.

Y.E. Yang

In four starts Yang has a victory and a second-place showing at PGA National.

Winner: Sergio Garcia ($45,000); wild card: Robert Rock ($95,000). 2012 total: $1,586,197.

The field at the Honda Classic, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings:

  • 2. Lee Westwood
  • 3. Rory McIlroy
  • 7. Charl Schwartzel
  • 9. Tiger Woods
  • 16. Charles Howell III
  • 18. Fredrik Jacobson
  • 24. Carl Pettersson
  • 27. Bud Cauley
  • 29. Rickie Fowler
  • 30. Spencer Levin
  • 33. Ryan Moore
  • 38. Retief Goosen
  • 39. Kyle Stanley
  • 41. Robert Allenby
  • 42. Jim Furyk
  • 44. Kevin Streelman
  • 45. Justin Rose
  • 47. Robert Karlsson
  • 48. K.T. Kim
  • 50. Andres Romero
  • 51. J.B. Holmes
  • 56. Ian Poulter
  • 61. Trevor Immelman
  • 62. Y.E. Yang
  • 63. Keegan Bradley
  • 64. John Rollins
  • 66. Ricky Barnes
  • 67. Chad Campbell
  • 68. Stewart Cink
  • 70. Brendon de Jonge
  • 72. Brian Davis
  • 73. Jeff Overton
  • 74. Mark Wilson
  • 76. Gary Christian
  • 77. Thomas Bjorn
  • 80. Ryan Palmer
  • 83. Sang-Moon Bae
  • 85. Chris Couch
  • 88. Louis Oosthuizen
  • 90. Padraig Harrington
  • 91. Brandt Jobe
  • 93. Brian Gay
  • 94. Rory Sabbatini
  • 95. Cameron Tringale
  • 96. Johnson Wagner
  • 97. Ernie Els
  • 98. Ben Crane
  • 100. David Hearn
  • 101. George McNeill
  • 103. Robert Garrigus
  • 106. Graeme McDowell
  • 110. Jerry Kelly
  • 111. Blake Adams
  • 112. Charlie Wi
  • 114. D.A. Points
  • 115. Vijay Singh
  • 118. Greg Chalmers
  • 122. Chris Stroud
  • 123. J.J. Killeen
  • 129. Nick O'Hern
  • 133. Chris Kirk
  • 135. Michael Thompson
  • 137. Scott Piercy
  • 138. Rod Pampling
  • 139. Brendan Steele
  • 142. Billy Mayfair
  • 144. John Merrick
  • 146. Davis Love III
  • 147. Jimmy Walker
  • 150. Kevin Stadler
  • 158. Camilo Villegas
  • 160. Sean O'Hair
  • 161. Marco Dawson
  • 166. Marc Leishman
  • 167. Ted Potter, Jr.
  • 172. Kris Blanks
  • 175. Jonas Blixt
  • 176. J.J. Henry
  • 184. Heath Slocum
  • 187. Chris DiMarco
  • 190. D.J. Trahan
  • 191. Seung-Yul Noh
  • 194. Danny Lee
  • 195. Michael Bradley
  • 198. Jason Kokrak
  • 199. Hunter Haas
  • 203. Stephen Ames
  • 206. Ken Duke
  • 207. Alex Cejka
  • 212. Briny Baird
  • 218. Tim Herron
  • 220. Justin Leonard
  • 222. Miguel Angel Carballo
  • 226. Jhonattan Vegas
  • 227. Kevin Chappell
  • 232. Vaughn Taylor
  • 237. Tom Pernice Jr.
  • 240. Troy Matteson
  • 250. Troy Kelly
  • 254. Henrik Stenson
  • 257. Mathew Goggin
  • 258. Billy Hurley III
  • 261. Tommy Gainey
  • 266. James Driscoll
  • 269. Darren Clarke
  • 272. Anthony Kim
  • 281. Jason Bohn
  • 286. Boo Weekley
  • 295. Sunghoon Kang
  • 307. David Mathis
  • 316. Kenny Perry
  • 326. Bob Estes
  • 343. Bobby Gates
  • 345. Arjun Atwal
  • 346. Joe Ogilvie
  • 357. Cameron Beckman
  • 390. Tom Gillis
  • 392. Jeff Maggert
  • 398. Jarrod Lyle
  • 448. Matt Bettencourt
  • 453. Chad Collins
  • 475. Stuart Appleby
  • 476. Rocco Mediate
  • 487. Brendon Todd
  • 561. Scott Brown
  • 564. Jose Maria Olazabal
  • 650. Derek Lamely
  • 709. David Duval
  • 711. Stephen Gangluff
  • 928. Mike Weir
  • N/R. Mark Calcavecchia
  • N/R. Graham DeLaet
  • N/R. Fred Funk
  • N/R. Brian Harman
  • N/R. Hank Kuehne
  • N/R. Jamie Lovemark
  • N/R. Alan Morin
  • N/R. Jesper Parnevik
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