Fore Things: Sponsor invite scenario playing out again


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – As the Florida swing gets underway, a number of veterans are looking to chase down a pair of rookies at PGA National. Here are Fore Things you should know after the opening round of the Honda Classic:

1. Cody Gribble couldn’t miss. Gribble broke through earlier this season for his first win at the Sanderson Farms Championship, but now the southpaw shares the lead after finding all 18 greens in regulation. That’s no small feat on the Champion Course, and Gribble becomes the first player in tournament history to find the target with every approach.

2. Wesley Bryan picked up right where he left off. Bryan earned a rare promotion to the PGA Tour last year by winning three events, and he notched a career-best T-4 finish last week at Riviera. That result was largely off a third-round 63, and Bryan is contending again after opening with 64 at PGA National.

3. European major champ contending on sponsor invite at Honda. If it sounds familiar, it should. That’s the script that played out two years ago when Padraig Harrington won this event in surprising fashion, and it’s again on tap here after Martin Kaymer opened with a 5-under 65 to sit one shot off the lead.

4. Rickie Fowler feels right at home at PGA National. The Oklahoma State product has plenty of experience playing in the wind, and he now makes his home a short drive from the course. Fowler played the first 36 holes of this event last year without dropping a shot before fading over the weekend, and he’s again lurking after a 4-under 66 in the opening round.