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All eyes on McIlroy at Honda Classic

(Photo: Bruce Young)
The PGA Tour has completed its west coast swing and begins a four tournament swing in Florida with the playing of the Honda Classic at the PGA National's Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens.

Russell Henley defends a title he won last year in a playoff over Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy and Ryan Palmer.

McIlroy had won the event two years earlier and is back to begin his run of big events leading into his historic attempt to win the Masters and claim the Grand Slam. He is the standout in the field given his record in the event and his current form which includes a win and four runner-up finishes in his last six starts.

Keegan Bradley has put together several good finishes at the Honda of late and is in good enough recent form given his 4th place at the Riviera.

Lee Westwood has been good in his two starts in 2015 and does enjoy a good record in this event having put together three top tens in his last five starts.

Graeme McDowell has a very similar record to Westwood at the Honda Classic and, although he has played sparingly in 2015, his top ten in Dubai gives an indication that he could add to his solid record in this event.

Dustin Johnson went close last week and was 4th at Pebble Beach in his comeback from a six month break from tournament play and although he has seldom played this event he appears to be close to his best form wise.

Sergio Garcia recovered from a slow start to this event last year to finish 8th and last week finished 4th at Riviera. He is the second highest world ranked player in this field behind McIlroy so deserves respect from many angles.

After a couple of good tournaments in the Middle East Justin Rose missed the cut at Torrey Pines but he does have a good record in this event including three top five finishes in his last three starts.

Prior to his missed cut at Pebble Beach Ryan Palmer had been playing beautifully in 2015 and as a runner-up last year there is every reason to believe he will again be in the thick of things.

Surprisingly, only two Australians are in the field. Marc Leishman and Robert Allenby, Allenby playing this event well earlier in his career but not so well of late. Leishman has made the cut in four of the five times he has played the event but has not finished closer than 17th.

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