Here are the names I’m expecting to make some noise at the Honda Classic this week.
First, look to the guys are playing well at the moment. Scott Brown, Thomas Pieters, Wesley Bryan, Ollie Schniederjans and Cameron Tringale all had top-8 finishes last week in Los Angeles. They’re the hotshots.
Next, look to the players who had top-10 finishes at the Honda last year, guys like Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia, the 2016 champion and runnerup, plus Blayne Barber and Justin Thomas and Graeme McDowell and Rickie Fowler. They’re the Honda hardheads.
Brown, who tied for 10th here last year, is the only one who belongs in both groups. I’ll circle his name, then, and keep a close eye on his opening round, which starts at 12:55 p.m. on the No. 10 tee.
Hey, it’s all guesswork in the end. Justin Thomas has been hot as a firecracker, for instance, and this morning he is missing fairways all over the place and scrambling to keep it together – 3 over par through 11 holes. That’s especially dicey since the morning rounds figure to be lower than the afternoon, when the wind normally picks up.