Honda Classic 2019: Your course and current form guides to this week's tournament in Florida

Champion Course at PGA National in Florida
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Check out our form stats for this week's PGA Tour event over the Champion Course at PGA National, compiled by Andy Swales ...

"Solid ball-striking is a necessity, with accurate tee-to-green golf rewarded on a course that has plenty of greenside bunkers, along with sizeable water hazards on 15 holes."

With the Players Championship just two weeks away, the PGA Tour has arrived in Florida for the Honda Classic.

The famed Champion course at PGA National will host the event for a 13th successive year.

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

Champions Hoodoo

Recent stats suggest that current form holds greater significance than course history at PGA National, even though there are always positive vibes when a golfer returns to a venue where he has performed well in the past.

And world No 3 Justin Thomas is probably in better shape than most, despite his disappointing finish at Riviera two weeks ago.

That said, the 25-year-old from Kentucky would have to break with tradition if he is to successfully defend his Honda Classic title.

As yet, no defending champion at this venue has ever finished inside the top-12, while more than half of them have failed to complete 72 holes, the most recent being Rickie Fowler who missed the cut last year.

Aussie Duo In The Frame

Two Australians, who are at different stages of their golfing careers, arrive in Florida in good form.

Cameron Smith, ranked No 24 in the world, has played consistently well since last September.

The one thing he lacks is knowledge of PGA National, as he makes his competitive debut at the difficult Champion Course this week.

His compatriot Adam Scott is an ex-champion over this layout and appears to be enjoying a resurgence in form.

The 38-year-old former world No 1 was runner-up at Torrey Pines last month and played well for 54 holes at Riviera, before shooting a closing 76 to finish in a tie-for-seventh.

Outsiders' Interest

On the home front, Americans Gary Woodland and Michael Thompson are bang in form right now.

Woodland is currently ranked fourth for Greens in Regulation (GiR), while world No 136 Thompson saves some of his better performances for intricate layouts, and was a winner here six years ago.

With regards to GiR stats, former US Open champion Lucas Glover is second in the list having registered six top-20 finishes from his seven PGA Tour starts this season.

And it may be worth checking the SP of experienced Scott Piercy before selecting your nominations for the Honda.

Focus On Ball Striking

PGA National, at Palm Beach Gardens in the south of the state, has undergone three upgrades during the past 30 years - twice at the hands of Jack Nicklaus - with the most recent of these during the Fall of 2014.

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

Solid ball-striking is a necessity, with accurate tee-to-green golf rewarded on a course that has plenty of greenside bunkers, along with sizeable water hazards on 15 holes.

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 and demands a golfer's full attention from start to finish.

PGA National is around 45 miles north of downtown Miami.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List contains leading reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51 W50 W49
Brooks Koepka 27 57 9 24
Justin Thomas 9 2 3 16 3
Rickie Fowler 36 1 66
Webb Simpson 39 20 8
Gary Woodland 17 7 9 MC* 2
Alexander Noren 62 44 MC
Cameron Smith 6 49 15 9 22
Sergio Garcia 6 37 Dq 3 7
Adam Scott 7 MC 2 MC
Matt Wallace 33 MC 2 16 18 15
Billy Horschel 45 39 8 25
Kyle Stanley 58 MC MC MC 22
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 3 MC 33 MC MC 14
Lucas Bjerregaard 69 29 49
Emiliano Grillo 58 33 52 22
Byeong Hun An 45 20 12 MC
Satoshi Kodaira 51 MC 72 MC MC 32
Russell Knox 39 14 10 43 18 43
Luke List 15 MC 40 MC
Brian Harman 51 39 MC MC MC
Daniel Berger 2 MC MC 12
Chesson Hadley MC 20 MC MC
Ryan Palmer MC 60 13 MC
Zach Johnson 39 28 MC
Dylan Frittelli 28 MC MC 28 51 12 MC
Sung Jae Im MC MC 7 52 12 16
Stewart Cink 50 MC 20
Kevin Tway MC MC 43 MC 11
Patton Kizzire 27 MC MC 13 8
Peter Uihlein 66 60 Wd MC MC
Jimmy Walker 74 MC 44 MC 51
Charl Schwartzel 6 Wd MC MC MC MC 3
Danny Lee MC 44 MC 71
CT Pan 44 60 66 51
Scott Piercy 10 20 57 33 19
Russell Henley 44 MC 15 MC 66
Jason Kokrak 37 20 20 18
Lucas Glover 7 MC 12
Sam Burns MC MC 40 18 MC
Andrew Landry MC 60 28 MC 22
Ryan Armour MC MC MC MC 22
Brice Garnett MC MC MC 33 19
Bronson Burgoon MC MC MC MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC 10 MC 69
Brian Gay 60 7 55 MC 22
Austin Cook MC MC
Adam Long MC MC MC MC 1 MC
Brendan Steele MC MC MC 57
Cameron Davis 16 MC 59 57 28 MC
Harold Varner MC 10 MC 18
Michael Thompson 7 10 13 9 69
Patrick Rodgers 15 MC MC MC MC
Sam Ryder 56 60 43 40 MC
Talor Gooch MC MC 3 4 MC
Nick Watney MC 39 72 51
Whee Kim 71 Wd MC MC MC MC MC
Keith Mitchell MC MC 73 MC 16
Jason Dufner MC MC MC*
Joaquin Niemann 44 MC 72 MC
Anirban Lahiri MC MC 43 20
Kevin Streelman MC 7 50 MC 34
Joel Dahmen MC MC 9 22
Richy Werenski MC 60 MC MC
Chris Kirk MC 50 MC MC MC
Martin Kaymer 60 MC 24 22
Denny McCarthy MC 33 MC MC
Sung Kang 64 14 MC 20 10
Kelly Kraft 9 MC MC MC MC
Kramer Hickok 35 64 MC MC 40 MC
Robert Streb 59 MC MC 29 40 MC
Jim Furyk 37 14
Padraig Harrington
Bud Cauley MC 26 13 MC
Trey Mullinax 22 15 25 34 57
Scott Langley 37 6 MC 12 43
Sean O`Hair Wd MC 76 9 MC*
Ollie Schniederjans 49 MC 33 MC 72 MC
Chris Stroud MC 10 7 52 MC
Vaughn Taylor 9 MC MC 7 MC
Rory Sabbatini MC MC 70 57 33
JT Poston 28 26 40 7 20
Anders Albertson MC MC MC MC 34
Hudson Swafford MC MC 65 3
Graeme McDowell 42 18
Brian Stuard 60 45 55 40 8
Matt Jones 55 53 13 MC 29
Brandon Harkins MC 28 26 MC MC 51
Sam Saunders MC 38 MC MC 33
Bill Haas 51 MC 57 MC
Scott Brown 10 37 MC 9 MC 33
Sebastian Munoz 25 MC 13 72 MC 10
Chase Wright MC MC MC MC MC 57
Peter Malnati 44 MC 18 MC
Tom Hoge 55 MC MC 44 MC MC MC
Carlos Ortiz 9 60 MC 65 29
Martin Trainer 1 28 MC MC*
Ryan Blaum 55 MC MC 70 73 64
Kyle Jones MC 33 MC MC MC MC
Nick Taylor 33 28 MC 43 40 MC
Grayson Murray MC MC 59 62 MC
Stephan Jaeger 70 MC MC 66 MC 43
Ben Silverman MC 45 62 MC MC
Sangmoon Bae MC MC MC 35 MC MC
Roberto Castro 25 53 MC 40
Julian Etulain 35 MC 38 43 40 43
Wyndham Clark 10 MC 35 18 MC
Jonas Blixt 15 38 MC 29 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 35 25 MC MC MC MC
Harris English MC MC MC 51 22
John Huh MC MC 70 25 70 MC
Adam Schenk 16 MC 45 55 57 67 MC
Alex Cejka 51 MC MC MC 40
Hunter Mahan MC MC 33 MC MC
Sepp Straka 16 MC 13 MC MC
Shawn Stefani 6 64 62 MC MC
Adam Svensson MC MC 35 18 43
Chris Thompson 69 MC 52 MC MC
Nicholas Lindheim 43 MC MC
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez 35 MC MC MC 28 57
Brady Schnell MC 43 28 MC MC MC*
Ernie Els 56 28 MC 12 26 15
Roger Sloan 2 MC MC 12 33
Tyler Duncan 62 MC 22 MC MC 51 57
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC 29 MC*
Seamus Power 64 MC MC MC MC
Josh Teater MC 45 MC 40 MC
Hank Lebioda MC 38 29 MC 43
Alex Prugh MC 53 MC MC 51
Wes Roach 75 MC MC MC 57
Joey Garber 10 MC MC 57 MC*
Max Homa 37 10 26 MC MC
Seth Reeves MC MC MC MC MC
Jim Knous 55 MC MC 29 MC 51
Curtis Luck 25 MC 28 70
Brandon Hagy MC 66 MC
John Chin 21 MC 72 MC MC
DA Points 42 MC MC MC MC
Fabian Gomez 25 MC MC MC 57
Roberto Diaz 10 18 51 MC MC
Cameron Tringale 25 53 MC 51
Cody Gribble 76 59 MC MC 40
Morgan Hoffmann MC MC 77 24
Jim Herman MC MC MC 43
Rod Pampling MC MC MC MC MC
Chad Collins 71 MC MC 57
Vijay Singh MC MC
Freddie Jacobson MC 56 MC 70
Andrew Filbert
Johnson Wagner 2 57 MC 67
Nate Lashley 8 MC 45 12
Ben Crane 8 MC MC MC
JJ Henry 10 MC MC MC
Austen Truslow 10 MC MC MC
Player 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Brooks Koepka MC 26 51 33
Justin Thomas 1 MC 3 MC
Rickie Fowler MC 1 6 41 24 13 7 MC MC
Webb Simpson 5 24 MC MC
Gary Woodland 49 2 61 68 6 MC*
Alexander Noren 3 MC
Cameron Smith
Sergio Garcia 33 14 2 31 8 50 13
Adam Scott 13 14 1 12 MC
Matt Wallace
Billy Horschel MC 4 8 MC MC 46 MC
Kyle Stanley MC 43 MC 18 MC 24
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 68
Lucas Bjerregaard
Emiliano Grillo 8 43 74
Byeong Hun An 5
Satoshi Kodaira
Russell Knox MC MC 26 3 2
Luke List 2 52 10 MC
Brian Harman 33 48 MC 11 58 MC 12
Daniel Berger 29 MC MC 2
Chesson Hadley MC 21 MC 24
Ryan Palmer MC 37 26 25 2 41 26 MC 52
Zach Johnson 27 MC MC 33
Dylan Frittelli 11
Sung Jae Im
Stewart Cink 46 27 26 31 58 41 36 52
Kevin Tway MC
Patton Kizzire MC 66 26
Peter Uihlein MC MC
Jimmy Walker 33 21 43 67 43 40 MC
Charl Schwartzel MC MC 9 5 14
Danny Lee Wd MC MC
CT Pan 17 37
Scott Piercy 17 MC 31 MC 56 5
Russell Henley 24 43 MC 44 1 13
Jason Kokrak MC MC 41 MC 42
Lucas Glover 17 21 MC MC MC 4 39
Sam Burns 8
Andrew Landry MC
Ryan Armour MC MC MC
Brice Garnett MC MC MC*
Bronson Burgoon MC 14
Jhonattan Vegas 72 4 MC 12 67 70
Brian Gay MC 60 51 MC 55 52
Austin Cook
Adam Long
Brendan Steele 14 14 11 33 51 75 63
Cameron Davis
Harold Varner 72 57 MC
Michael Thompson 24 MC 53 44 MC 1 47
Patrick Rodgers 33 MC MC 44
Sam Ryder
Talor Gooch MC
Nick Watney 33 14 41 24
Whee Kim MC MC
Keith Mitchell MC
Jason Dufner 17 14 61 17 51 51 40 9
Joaquin Niemann
Anirban Lahiri 59 11 MC
Kevin Streelman 41 MC 63 MC 13
Joel Dahmen 33
Richy Werenski MC MC
Chris Kirk 33 MC MC 12 51 56 29
Martin Kaymer Wd 4 44 MC 51
Denny McCarthy MC
Sung Kang MC 52 10 MC MC
Kelly Kraft 8 MC
Kramer Hickok
Robert Streb MC MC 26 59 18
Jim Furyk 46 MC
Padraig Harrington MC MC 43 1 MC 71 40
Bud Cauley Wd 27 MC MC
Trey Mullinax MC
Scott Langley 51 MC MC 47
Sean O`Hair MC 11 14 25 MC 18 44 24
Ollie Schniederjans 64 48 MC
Chris Stroud 33 MC Wd 12 13 9 63 31 64
Vaughn Taylor 59 MC 25 18 58 71 MC
Rory Sabbatini 17 MC MC 11 33 MC 62 1
JT Poston 27
Anders Albertson
Hudson Swafford 64 MC 65 MC 61
Graeme McDowell MC 14 5 MC 46 9 9 6 31
Brian Stuard MC 27 MC 24 29 MC
Matt Jones MC MC 18 40
Brandon Harkins
Sam Saunders MC 14 17
Bill Haas MC MC
Scott Brown 46 57 10 MC MC*
Sebastian Munoz
Chase Wright
Peter Malnati 49 MC MC
Tom Hoge MC 37
Carlos Ortiz MC MC
Martin Trainer
Ryan Blaum MC 37
Kyle Jones
Nick Taylor
Grayson Murray MC MC
Stephan Jaeger MC
Ben Silverman MC
Sangmoon Bae MC MC 47
Roberto Castro MC MC MC
Julian Etulain
Wyndham Clark
Jonas Blixt MC MC 31 MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
Harris English 33 60 MC MC 18
John Huh 24 MC 14 17 MC 36
Adam Schenk 29
Alex Cejka Wd MC 21 MC 36 26 13
Hunter Mahan
Sepp Straka
Shawn Stefani MC MC MC
Adam Svensson
Chris Thompson
Nicholas Lindheim
Jose de Jesus Rodriguez
Brady Schnell
Ernie Els MC 70 MC 46 21 70 67 22
Roger Sloan
Tyler Duncan 24
Mackenzie Hughes 59 66
Seamus Power MC MC
Josh Teater 33 75 50
Hank Lebioda
Alex Prugh MC 58 35
Wes Roach
Joey Garber MC
Max Homa MC
Seth Reeves
Jim Knous
Curtis Luck
Brandon Hagy 21
John Chin
DA Points MC 61 68 12 43 MC 9
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC 70 64 MC
Roberto Diaz 33
Cameron Tringale MC 65 MC 44 41 MC 47 43
Cody Gribble MC 70
Morgan Hoffmann 49 2 61 Wd MC
Jim Herman 27 MC 7
Rod Pampling 72
Chad Collins 4 MC MC MC MC 67 56
Vijay Singh 6 MC 63 MC 4
Freddie Jacobson MC 26 MC 12 25 16 29 6 5
Andrew Filbert MC
Johnson Wagner MC MC MC MC MC MC 40 64
Nate Lashley MC
Ben Crane 74 62 MC 68 69 64 30 3
JJ Henry MC MC MC MC MC 41 MC*
Austen Truslow
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