Honda Classic 2018: Your stats guide to this week's tournament in Florida

Alex Noren: The world No 16 has made a strong start to his American campaign in 2018
Alex Noren: The world No 16 has made a strong start to his American campaign in 2018
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Check out our current form and course stats for this week's PGA Tour event in Palm Beach Gardens, compiled by Andy Swales ...

"As yet, none of the 10 defending champions at PGA National have finished inside the top-12, while half of them failed to complete 72 holes"

With the first major championship of the season just six weeks away, PGA Tour action switches from west coast to east, where the Honda Classic is being staged for the 46th time.

PGA National, at Palm Beach Gardens in south Florida, has been hosting the tournament since 2007.

With water and sand a serious and constant threat, over PGA National's Champion layout, good course management from tee-to-green takes on a particular importance.

Even though the fairways do not appear to be overly tight, with regards to tee shots, the low-lying Champion Course is one of the more tricky layouts on the PGA Tour calendar, demanding a golfer's full attention from start to finish.

Opened in 1981, the Tom Fazio-designed track hosted the Ryder Cup two years later, as well as the PGA Championship of 1987.

The original design has undergone three upgrades during the past 28 years - twice at the hands of local resident Jack Nicklaus - the most recent of these facelifts during the Fall of 2014.

European Challenge

And with The Masters not too far away, the Europeans are out in force with Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Alexander Noren and Rafa Cabrera-Bello taking part.

These six could easily make up half of Europe's team at the 2018 Ryder Cup in France, and all will fancy their chances this weekend.

Noren, in particular, has settled into PGA Tour life pretty well these past few weeks.

In three starts on American soil this year, the Swede has posted a hat-trick of top-25 finishes, which included a play-off defeat at Torrey Pines.

Englishman Hatton, who finished on the podium in his most recent start in Dubai during January, was fourth on his PGA National debut 12 months ago. That was one of two top-five finishes for the 26-year-old in Florida last year.

While a number of leading Americans are taking a break this week, they do not include Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.

Fowler, last year's winner, will be desperate to make amends for his final round collapse at TPC Scottsdale earlier this month, when he led after 54 holes only to finish outside the top-10.

Champions Hoodoo

And the omens don't look good for Fowler in his attempt to secure back-to-back wins in the Honda Classic.

As yet, none of the 10 defending champions at PGA National have finished inside the top-12, while half of them failed to complete 72 holes.

Two other names to consider are Scotsman Russell Knox and American Brian Harman.

Knox has twice stood on the podium at the Champion Course, and has reasonable current form, while Harman has quietly made his way into the top 25 of the World Ranking with very few people noticing.

Most Top-25 Finishes in Florida

Last Six Years (since February 1st, 2012)

14: Adam Scott
13: Rory McIlroy
12: Jason Dufner
11: Rickie Fowler
11: Sergio Garcia
11: Graeme McDowell
10: Luke Donald
8: Brian Harman
8: Charles Howell
8: Louis Oosthuizen
8: Ian Poulter
8: Patrick Reed


MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut


Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49 W48
Justin Thomas 9 17 14 22 11
Rickie Fowler 11 MC 4 1
Rory McIlroy 20 MC 2 3
Sergio Garcia 32 1 24
Tommy Fleetwood 37 6 1 3
Tyrrell Hatton 3 15
Alexander Noren 16 21 2 12
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 26 26 6 40
Brian Harman MC 20 4 3
Patrick Reed MC 17 23 MC 5
Gary Woodland MC 1 12 7
Louis Oosthuizen MC 49 7
Kevin Kisner MC 50 25 17 12
Daniel Berger MC 11 14 11 14
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1 27 51 22 5 1
Thomas Pieters 68 32 5
Webb Simpson MC 36 4
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC 11 7
Jason Dufner 36 18 11
Si Woo Kim MC 62 35 58 10
Dylan Frittelli 5 6 19 20 20 42 1
Bernd Wiesberger MC 32 15
Adam Scott 53 MC MC
Russell Henley 15 MC MC 17
Patton Kizzire 31 42 1 15
Peter Uihlein 26 52 MC 17 MC
Ian Poulter 52 6 MC
Charles Howell 37 6 20 32
Keegan Bradley MC 43 5 39
Brandt Snedeker 20 23 45 MC Wd
Chesson Hadley 35 5 23 42
Shane Lowry MC 43 65 MC
Ryan Moore 9 MC
Ted Potter MC 1 73 MC MC
Billy Horschel MC MC 43 54 11
Wesley Bryan MC MC 63 32 27
Anirban Lahiri 26 MC 54
Martin Kaymer 53 19 27
Ollie Schniederjans MC 3 MC 7
Emiliano Grillo 57 12 47
Jimmy Walker MC 8 63 MC MC
JB Holmes 60 MC MC 4
Russell Knox 15 MC 29 29 10
Bryson DeChambeau 41 55 5 MC MC 26
Sung Kang 16 MC 69 63
Lucas Glover MC 43 67 29
Byeong Hun An 23 6 40
Ryan Palmer MC 2 20 58
Hudson Swafford MC 29 54 27
William McGirt MC 26 MC 65
Grayson Murray 8 70 75 14 22
Jamie Lovemark 26 52 MC MC
Andrew Landry MC MC MC 2 MC
Austin Cook 49 MC 31 14 18 22
Scott Piercy 20 MC 6 25
Bud Cauley 20 MC 58 14
Sean O`Hair 64 73 69 50 MC
JJ Spaun MC Wd 23 MC 47
Luke List 26 26 12 MC MC
Scott Brown MC MC MC 63 65
Brian Gay MC 8 9 42 58
Danny Lee MC MC 58 MC MC
Stewart Cink MC MC 20 32
David Lingmerth 75 MC 57
Harold Varner 60 38 MC MC MC 6
Ryan Armour 64 20 MC MC 39 20
Chris Kirk MC 11 35 MC 10
Patrick Rodgers 26 8 MC MC Wd
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC MC MC
Chris Stroud MC 35 MC 69 MC 11
Padraig Harrington 64 MC MC
Luke Donald 37 MC MC MC
Robert Streb MC MC MC 66 MC
Aaron Wise MC 15 MC 17 MC
CT Pan MC 62 35 MC
Tom Hoge 53 MC MC 12 57 3
Kevin Tway MC 57 35 69
Robert Garrigus MC 52 8 57
Brice Garnett MC 35 35 63 MC
Scott Stallings 4 7 23 MC MC
Morgan Hoffmann Wd MC MC MC
Brian Stuard MC MC 65 MC 4
Ben Martin 26 67 57 7
Alex Cejka 75 Wd MC 50
Talor Gooch 20 MC 51 67 18 MC
Graeme McDowell 26 MC MC MC
Martin Piller 67 MC MC 3 MC
Harris English MC MC 8 11 64
Jim Furyk MC
Kelly Kraft 63 MC MC MC MC
Rob Oppenheim MC 47 MC 42 MC
Ben Silverman 53 MC 48 67 77 MC
Abraham Ancer 68 20 76 MC
Jonathan Randolph MC 66 MC Wd 39
Matt Jones MC MC MC 39 30
Chad Campbell 49 43 MC MC MC
John Huh 26 38 45 3 MC
Martin Flores MC 21 35 MC
Vaughn Taylor 20 55 11 MC 76
Smylie Kaufman MC MC MC 69 MC
Billy Hurley MC MC MC 69 MC
Dominic Bozzelli 26 MC MC MC 39
Stephan Jaeger MC 43 MC MC 54
Xin Jun Zhang MC 43 MC MC 25
DA Points MC MC MC 73 33
Richy Werenski MC MC MC 29 MC
Nicholas Lindheim Wd MC MC MC 32
Adam Schenk 53 MC MC MC 39
Rory Sabbatini 72 31 20 69 32
Tyrone Van Aswegen 68 26 69 MC 36 58
Cody Gribble MC MC 70 35 MC
Retief Goosen 53 MC 12 20
Michael Kim MC MC 23 50 MC
Ryan Blaum 60 73 MC MC 10
Seamus Power MC MC 11 54
Cameron Tringale MC 47 MC 58 MC MC
Nick Watney 47 26 58 50
Tom Lovelady MC MC 45 29 MC
Derek Fathauer 16 62 48 MC 36
Michael Thompson MC MC
Andrew Putnam MC 54 17 69
Shawn Stefani MC MC MC MC
Blayne Barber 67 MC 67
Camilo Villegas MC 57 77 MC
Tyler Duncan MC MC MC MC MC MC
Conrad Shindler MC MC MC 47
Troy Merritt 41 8 MC MC MC
Bronson Burgoon 47 MC 42 MC
Ben Crane MC 42
Vijay Singh 73 MC MC
JJ Henry MC MC 23 MC MC
Greg Chalmers 68 MC MC MC MC 11
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC MC MC
Ethan Tracy MC MC MC MC
Jon Curran MC MC MC
Tiger Woods MC 23 9
Joel Dahmen MC 55 MC MC 73
Roberto Diaz MC 72 MC 47
Corey Conners MC 29 50 39
Sam Burns 2 MC MC 59
Peter Malnati MC 35 MC MC MC MC
John Peterson 57 75 47
Brett Stegmaier MC MC 57 MC
Matt Every MC MC MC MC 69 75
Sangmoon Bae 75 15 MC MC MC MC
Charlie Beljan MC MC 72 MC
Bob Estes
Andrew Filbert
Player 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
Justin Thomas MC 3 MC
Rickie Fowler 1 6 41 24 13 7 MC MC
Rory McIlroy MC MC 2 Wd 1 70 40 13
Sergio Garcia 14 2 31 8 50 13 43
Tommy Fleetwood
Tyrrell Hatton 4
Alexander Noren MC
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 37
Brian Harman 48 MC 11 58 MC 12
Patrick Reed MC 7 24 58
Gary Woodland 2 61 68 6 MC*
Louis Oosthuizen 21 MC Wd Wd
Kevin Kisner 48 70 51
Daniel Berger MC MC 2
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Thomas Pieters MC
Webb Simpson 24 MC MC
Jhonattan Vegas 4 MC 12 67 70
Jason Dufner 14 61 17 51 51 40 9
Si Woo Kim MC 74
Dylan Frittelli
Bernd Wiesberger MC
Adam Scott 14 1 12 MC
Russell Henley 43 MC 44 1 13
Patton Kizzire 66 26
Peter Uihlein MC
Ian Poulter 43 43 3 36
Charles Howell 52 MC 44 55 29 26 10 26
Keegan Bradley MC MC MC 12 4 12 MC
Brandt Snedeker Wd 50 MC
Chesson Hadley 21 MC 24
Shane Lowry 53
Ryan Moore 76 MC
Ted Potter 41 MC 30
Billy Horschel 4 8 MC MC 46 MC
Wesley Bryan 4
Anirban Lahiri 11 MC
Martin Kaymer 4 44 MC 51
Ollie Schniederjans 48 MC
Emiliano Grillo 43 74
Jimmy Walker 21 43 67 43 40 MC 38
JB Holmes MC MC 56 12 MC
Russell Knox MC 26 3 2
Bryson DeChambeau MC
Sung Kang 52 10 MC MC
Lucas Glover 21 MC MC MC 4 39 MC
Byeong Hun An
Ryan Palmer 37 26 25 2 41 26 MC 52
Hudson Swafford MC 65 MC 61
William McGirt MC 8 22 MC* MC 62 41
Grayson Murray MC
Jamie Lovemark MC MC 31 MC* MC MC
Andrew Landry
Austin Cook
Scott Piercy MC 31 MC 56 5
Bud Cauley 27 MC MC
Sean O`Hair 11 14 25 MC 18 44 24 MC
JJ Spaun 21
Luke List 52 10 MC
Scott Brown 57 10 MC MC*
Brian Gay 60 51 MC 55 52
Danny Lee MC MC
Stewart Cink 27 26 31 58 41 36 52
David Lingmerth MC 53 25 8 MC
Harold Varner 57 MC
Ryan Armour MC MC MC
Chris Kirk MC MC 12 51 56 29
Patrick Rodgers MC MC 44
Mackenzie Hughes 66
Chris Stroud MC Wd 12 13 9 63 31 64 MC
Padraig Harrington MC 43 1 MC 71 40
Luke Donald 27 61 7 8 10 2
Robert Streb MC 26 59 18
Aaron Wise
CT Pan 37
Tom Hoge 37
Kevin Tway
Robert Garrigus MC 31 MC 30 52 49
Brice Garnett MC MC*
Scott Stallings 21 MC 63 29
Morgan Hoffmann 2 61 Wd MC
Brian Stuard 27 MC 24 29 MC
Ben Martin 72 31
Alex Cejka MC 21 MC 36 26 13 7
Talor Gooch
Graeme McDowell 14 5 MC 46 9 9 6 31
Martin Piller
Harris English 60 MC MC 18
Jim Furyk MC
Kelly Kraft MC
Rob Oppenheim
Ben Silverman
Abraham Ancer
Jonathan Randolph
Matt Jones MC MC 18 40 4
Chad Campbell MC MC 59 MC MC 29 MC 20
John Huh MC 14 17 MC 36
Martin Flores MC 17 12 MC 36 MC
Vaughn Taylor MC 25 18 58 71 MC 49
Smylie Kaufman MC 37
Billy Hurley 52 MC 5 MC
Dominic Bozzelli MC
Stephan Jaeger
Xin Jun Zhang
DA Points MC 61 68 12 43 MC 9
Richy Werenski MC
Nicholas Lindheim
Adam Schenk
Rory Sabbatini MC MC 11 33 MC 62 1
Tyrone Van Aswegen 27 72 24
Cody Gribble 70
Retief Goosen MC 43 MC MC 64 60
Michael Kim MC 53
Ryan Blaum 37
Seamus Power MC
Cameron Tringale 65 MC 44 41 MC 47 43
Nick Watney 14 41 24
Tom Lovelady
Derek Fathauer MC 26 59 58 MC*
Michael Thompson MC 53 44 MC 1 47
Andrew Putnam MC
Shawn Stefani MC MC
Blayne Barber 62 3 58
Camilo Villegas MC 14 16 41 MC MC MC 1 MC 24
Tyler Duncan
Conrad Shindler
Troy Merritt 46 MC
Bronson Burgoon 14
Ben Crane 62 MC 68 69 64 30 3 12
Vijay Singh 6 MC 63 MC 4
JJ Henry MC MC MC MC 41 MC* 30
Greg Chalmers 57 MC 51 12 43 MC 22
Fabian Gomez MC MC 70 64 MC
Ethan Tracy
Jon Curran MC MC 71
Tiger Woods Wd 37 2
Joel Dahmen
Roberto Diaz
Corey Conners
Sam Burns
Peter Malnati MC MC
John Peterson MC 31 MC
Brett Stegmaier MC 21
Matt Every Wd MC 63 24 MC MC 26
Sangmoon Bae MC MC 47
Charlie Beljan MC MC MC
Bob Estes 23 62 MC MC MC
Andrew Filbert
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