The 2017 fantasy golf season shifts to Florida this week, as the PGA Tour heads south for the Honda Classic. A field of 144 players will tackle the Champion Course at PGA National, including the daunting finishing stretch known as "Bear Trap."
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1. Russell Knox: The Scot has come close here before, notably losing a playoff in 2014 and following with a T-3 finish the next year. Knox is familiar with expected conditions as a Florida resident, can drive the ball on a string to avoid penal rough and has top-11 finishes this season on a pair of tight tracks (Sony, Mayakoba).
2. Adam Scott: The defending champ acquitted himself well last week at Riviera, finishing T-11 in his first U.S. start since the Tour Championship. He returns to a course where he could have won in runaway fashion last year, but also one where he finished T-12 in 2014. Last year's title was no fluke, as Scott remains as steady as they come when the conditions get tough.
3. Sergio Garcia: Garcia nearly caught Scott down the stretch last year, instead finishing second for his second top-10 at PGA National in the last three years. The Spaniard won just a few weeks ago in Dubai and this week's layout should only serve to spotlight his strength off the tee.
4. Daniel Berger: Berger was a surprise contender when he lost a playoff to Padraig Harrington here in 2015, but he returns to his de facto home game as a known commodity and PGA Tour winner. Berger boasts plenty of experience at PGA National and finished T-7 in Phoenix in his most recent start.
5. Rickie Fowler: Fowler will be a fan favorite this week, and he usually tends to play some of his best golf at this event. Last year's T-6 finish was his fourth top-25 result in the last five years at PGA National, where his experience in the wind from Oklahoma State can often come into play. A T-4 finish in Phoenix shows good play may be just around the corner.
6. Justin Thomas: Thomas has cooled since his Hawaii double-dip to start the year, but he is plenty familiar with Bermuda greens and finished T-3 at this event last year. Already with three wins this season, Thomas ranks second in total strokes gained and fourth in strokes gained tee-to-green.
7. Paul Casey: This event is known to bring a bit of European flair, a trend embodied by Casey's recent record. The Englishman has cracked the top 12 here three times since 2010, notably a T-3 finish two years ago, and enters off solid showings at two other tricky tracks in Torrey Pines (T-28) and Riviera (T-39).
8. Brendan Steele: Steele continues to set a strong pace following his season-opening victory, with four straight top-20 finishes before last week's T-39 result. Now he heads to a venue where he has cracked the top 15 each of the last two years where his strong ball-striking (ninth in strokes gained tee-to-green) should pay off.
9. Graeme McDowell: The Ulsterman hasn't made much noise in recent months, but he tends to find a way onto the Honda leaderboard regardless of prior form. McDowell's record here includes four top-10 finishes over the last six years, highlighted by last year's T-5 showing, so don't be surprised if the former U.S. Open champ again thrives on a tough course.
10. Thomas Pieters: The Belgian bomber has never played this event before, but after last week's runner-up finish at Riviera don't be surprised if his momentum carries him to another big week. Pieters has the length off the tee to conquer nearly any venue, and a couple of good rounds could see him lock up a PGA Tour card before we get to March.