Unlike last week, none of the top-10 golfers in the world are in attendance this week; only 12 of the top-50 in the world are making their way to PGA National for The Honda Classic. The highest-ranked golfer is Louis Oosthuizen at 13th in the world.
Shortest in odds and claiming top honor is Sungjae Im. His ball-striking is elite and ranks second in SG: Tee-to-Green over the previous 24 rounds. A former winner here, he comes into PGA National hitting it well and scoring Around-the-Greens when called upon, ranking fifth over the last 24 rounds.
Joaquin Niemann was outstanding last weekend, winning The Genesis Invitational in wire-to-wire fashion, which takes a physical, emotional and mental toll on the body. Now he’s flying cross country to play PGA National, which ranked sixth in difficulty in scoring relative to par last season. Niemann’s tremendous and lives close by, but this week might be a tall order to play well back-to-back.
Conversely, Christiaan Bezuidenhout missed the cut last week and now finds himself in the top-5 at The Honda Classic. The young South-African ranks first in SG: Putting on bermudagrass greens over the previous 24 rounds and sixth with his irons over the same timeframe. With multiple worldwide wins, “CBEZ” has an opportunity to grab his first PGA TOUR win, a trend we’ve seen over the past few weeks.
Where do we rank Brooks Koepka? Should Daniel Berger be at the top? The former will be in the top-10 based on talent, (lack of) field strength, and how well he can play on challenging par 70s. Koepka has yet to put the entire game together for all four rounds in a tournament this season, but he may be close. Like Brooks, Berger comes in with some question marks dealing with a recent injury. He’s mentioned that he’s healthy, which means he’ll be second in the rankings, placing first in SG: Ball-striking over the last 24 rounds and first in SG: Total on par 70s over the same timeframe.
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