Power Rankings: 2015 Honda Classic


The PGA Tour kicks off the Florida swing with the Honda Classic, the 15th event of the wraparound season. A field of 144 players will tackle PGA National this week, which has previously hosted both the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.

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Russell Henley won this event a year ago in a playoff over Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox. Here are 10 players to watch in Palm Beach Gardens:

1. Rory McIlroy: McIlroy sandwiched a bizarre withdrawal in 2013 around a win (2012) and playoff runner-up (2014) at PGA National. Already a winner this year, he enters this week brimming with confidence and deservedly receives the top spot in the rankings as he makes his 2015 PGA Tour debut.

2. Justin Rose: Rose surprisingly missed the cut last time out at Torrey Pines, but his track record at the Honda can't be ignored: four top-15 finishes in five starts at PGA National, including top-five finishes in each of his last three trips. The Champion Course has traditionally rewarded tee-to-green ball-striking, and the Englishman fits that bill.

3. Keegan Bradley: Bradley was T-4 last week at Riviera, a course where he typically thrives, and now heads to another venue filled with positive vibes. Bradley is one of many pros in the field this week who makes his home in South Florida, and he has cracked the top 12 each of the last three years at this event, including a T-4 finish in 2013.

4. Lee Westwood: Like Bradley, Westwood lives near PGA National and has had some success on the Champion Course. The Englishman enters off a pair of top-10 finishes on the European Tour and he has turned five Honda starts since 2010 into a trio of top-10 finishes, including a fourth-place showing in 2012.

5. Sergio Garcia: Garcia appeared in line to win last week at Riviera before a bogey-bogey finish, but now he'll look to bounce back on a course where he tied for eighth last year. Garcia was also T-13 at PGA National in 2009 and at No. 6 in the OWGR he is the second-highest ranked player in the field behind only McIlroy.

6. Dustin Johnson: Arguably the hottest player on Tour, following a T-4 at Pebble Beach with a playoff loss last week at Riviera. Johnson is making only his third start at PGA National, following a missed cut in 2008 and a T-46 finish in 2013, but despite the relative lack of success he has shown no signs of rust following a six-month layoff.

7. Brooks Koepka: Koepka grew up in South Florida and will have plenty of support this week at PGA National. A winner last month in Phoenix, Koepka also won on the European Tour in November and already has three top-10 finish in only four starts this season on the PGA Tour.

8. Graeme McDowell: McDowell was T-46 here last year, but prior to that he reeled off three straight top-10 finishes at PGA National. He hasn't played in the U.S. since the BMW Championship in September, but the Ulsterman has shot par or better in 10 of his last 14 competitive rounds on the difficult Champion Course dating back to 2011.

9. Patrick Reed: Reed was a solid T-24 at PGA National last year in just his second Honda start, and this season has been a model of consistency, with a win last month in Maui and only one finish outside the top 30. Reed was T-29 at Pebble Beach in his last start and currently ranks 19th on Tour in total strokes gained.

10. Rickie Fowler: Fowler has been slow out of the gates in 2015, but PGA National has typically been a place where his game has shined. Fowler has three straight top-25 finishes at this event, including a tie for seventh in 2012 and a T-24 finish last year when he had four straight rounds of par or better.