Roger Maltbie - March 3, 2012


Golf Channel on NBC Analyst Roger Maltbie has been an on-course reporter this week at PGA National during The Honda Classic. He does not know who he will be following for Saturday’s broadcast early on because the assignments are determined by what happens in the early part of the round. He doubts that there are any 64s out there today much less a 61. The winds are supposed to increase today and if that happens, the scores will go up.

Tiger Woods is always a topic of discussion no matter where he plays and everyone is waiting for him to break through with that first win since 2009. He is showing signs of improved play but he has not been able to put it all together. Rory McIlroy and his chase for World #1 is another great story because he is not only playing well, he is also playing with the enthusiasm of a kid because at 22 years old he still is a kid. His bunker play may need some work but he does everything else as well as any of the best players in the world.

Among the Americans in contention, he said that Keegan Bradley seems like a great pick to continue the streak of Americans winning on the PGA TOUR. He is a very talented, nice young man who seems to have all the skills and would be a good pick. He added that Charles Howell III may not be the best pick because he has not won since 2007 but he could surprise as well.

If the winds increase, Maltbie said that he would not be surprised to see 9 or 10 under par lead after Saturday and that could also be the winning score on Sunday. Anyone who is able to get to 10 under par after 54 holes will be in the mix to win on Sunday. For Tiger Woods to be in contention on Sunday, he needs to get to at least 4 or 5 under par after 54 holes to have a chance in the final round. PGA National is the kind of course where you can see volatile jumps up and down on the leaderboard and we have already seen how big leads are not safe on the PGA TOUR in 2012.