Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Honda Classic

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Honda Classic

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Fantasy golf rankings: 2017 Honda Classic

The Florida Swing has arrived, as the PGA Tour heads to the Honda Classic this week at PGA National Resort and Spa’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

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To help you with your fantasy-golf lineups, Golfweek ranks its top 25 players in the field:

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1. Adam Scott: He’s the defending champ and he showed no signs of rust last week after a long break. His T-11 at Riviera was his sixth straight top-14 finish. Was also T-12 at 2014 Honda Classic. Pick with confidence, one-and-done gamers.

2. Justin Thomas: Was T-39 last week at Riviera after missing the cut in Phoenix. It seems like it’s been a while since Thomas won three times in five starts, but he’s still capable of adding to that win total at PGA National, where he was T-3 last year and shot in the 60s in all four rounds.

3. Sergio Garcia: His T-49 at Riviera was a bit of a letdown, but Garcia was a winner a few weeks ago in Dubai. Plus, he has made the cut in each of his six Honda starts with three top 15s, including a runner-up finish last year.

4. Rickie Fowler: His T-4 last time out in Phoenix was his third top-6 finish in his last five worldwide starts. He’s a local guy, too, and has three career top 15s at PGA National, including a T-6 last year.

Russell Knox during The Players Championship.

Russell Knox (Getty Images)

5. Russell Knox: Missed the cut in his last start in Phoenix, but prior to that he had yet to finish worse than T-17 in six starts this season. Expect a return to form at PGA National, where he’s had finishes of P-2, T-3 and T-26.

6. Rafa Cabrera-Bello: Making his Honda debut, but he’s one of the best players in the world. He hasn’t missed a cut since last year’s Players, and he has a runner-up and four other top 25s in his last five starts. T-34 his last time out, at the Maybank Championship.

7. Paul Casey: Since MC here in 2013, Casey has gone T-12, T-3 and T-43 at PGA National. Hasn’t been in great form, but he has made three straight cuts.

8. Daniel Berger: Another local guy, Berger lost in a playoff at the 2015 Honda. He did miss the cut here last year, but that was during a rough stretch when he missed three cuts in four starts. Was T-7 in Phoenix and has two other top 15s this season, including a T-2 at the WGC-HSBC Champions.

9. Brendan Steele: Is perfect making the cut in six tries at PGA National and has been inside the top 15 in each of the last two years. His season so far includes no missed cuts, a win and five top 20s in eight starts.

Branden Grace co-leads the RBC Heritage with Luke Donald after the first round.

Branden Grace (Getty Images)

10. Branden Grace: Missed the cut at Honda last year, otherwise he’d be ranked higher. Hasn’t finished outside the top 35 in his last 10 worldwide starts, which makes him a DraftKings dream. T-22 last time out, at Riviera.

11. Tyrell Hatton: A PGA National first-timer, but his current form is blazing – T-3, T-13, second, T-25, T-10, T-23, T-9 since win at the Alfred Dunhill Links last year.

12. Charles Howell III: PGA National isn’t one of his best courses, but Howell has finished in the top 15 in SEVEN straight Tour starts.

13. Gary Woodland: Will be well rested after T-5 at Pebble and he’s never missed a weekend here in four tries.

14. Louis Oosthuizen: Hasn’t played PGA National since MC in 2013, but he hit a lot of good golf shots last week in Perth and has four finishes of ninth or better in his last six worldwide starts.

2016 -Thomas Pieters during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Thomas Pieters (Golfweek)

15. Thomas Pieters: Temper expectations just a little bit. Pieters hasn’t played here and although he was T-2 last week at Riviera, his best finish in four worldwide starts before that was T-23.

16. Jimmy Walker: Doesn’t play Honda every year but he has made last four cuts here. Coming off a T-11 at Riviera.

17. Martin Kaymer: Nothing better than T-44 in three trips to PGA National, but does have three top 25s in his last four worldwide starts, including a T-4 in Abu Dhabi.

18. Scott Brown: T-10 last year at PGA National, plus he’s been playing well of late, making six straight cuts and tying for second last week at Riviera.

19. Sean O’Hair: Four top 25s in his last four Honda starts with just one missed cut. Hasn’t missed a cut in six starts this season, too, with three T-11 finishes or better. T-66 in last start, at Pebble.

20. Matthew Fitzpatrick: Not super high on Fitzy this week. He missed the cut at PGA National last year and has played sparingly since winning the DP World Tour Championship last year. Was T-5 in his last start, at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Luke Donald, shown at the 2016 BMW PGA Championship

Luke Donald (Getty Images)

21. Luke Donald: Local guy who has never missed a cut at PGA National in six tries. He finished in the top 10 four straight years until a T-61 last year at the Honda. His current form is promising, though, as he’s cracked the top 25 at Pebble and Riviera. Won here in 2006, but that was the last year the event was played at the Country Club of Mirasol.

22. Brooks Koepka: Nothing worse than T-33 in three Honda starts, but hasn’t been playing well lately with two missed cuts in his last three starts.

23. Francesco Molinari: T-65, MC in last two years here, plus a MC last week at Riviera drop the Italian on this list. He was T-14 or better with a win in six starts before last week, though.

24. Jason Dufner: Top 25s in three of last four worldwide starts and hasn’t missed a cut in seven tries at PGA National.

25. Danny Willett: Has struggled at times since the Masters, but has seemed to have found something after a T-5 in Malaysia a couple of weeks ago. Making Honda debut, though, and is ranked 93rd in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

Kevin Kisner (Getty Images)

Kevin Kisner (Getty Images)

OTHERS CONSIDERED

Zach Johnson: Two straight missed cuts at PGA National, but there are worse options. Johnson has three top 12s in his last four starts.

Kevin Kisner: Nothing special in two starts at Honda, but Kisner has gone T-4, T-25 and T-10 in his last three worldwide starts. And he’s back on the East Coast.

Jhonattan Vegas: T-12 at Honda in 2014, and showed promise with T-15 at Riviera last week.

Ian Poulter: Could be a sneaky play as he was T-15 in his last start, in Dubai, and was T-3 at PGA National in 2015.

 

 

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