Steve DiMeglio - March 3, 2012


Steve DiMeglio is the Golf Writer for USA Today and he is at PGA National this week to cover The Honda Classic. The number one storyline in his opinion this week at The Honda Classic in his opinion has been Mother Nature because not only have four players shot 64 this week, Brian Harman shattered the course record with a 61 on Friday. The weather has allowed for low scores so far but that could change this weekend. The weather has been a bigger story than Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods.

Whether or not players further down the leaderboard can make a big move on Moving Day is when the wind arrives. If it stays relatively calm early on, players will be able to make some big moves on the leaders but again it all depends on Mother Nature. With 15-25 mph winds in the forecast, DiMeglio said that it would be a good idea to hold on tight for a big day today.

If he had to bet, he would say that Rory McIlroy is the favorite right now but if the wind starts blowing, he will not bet on one favorite because he would be betting on everybody as anything can happen. High winds will stop a lot of players from gathering the needed momentum to make a move up the leaderboard and the winds will also create a lot of chaos and potentially a lot of change at the top of the leaderboard.

He has always been impressed the 36 hole co-leader Justin Rose ever since he was able to survive and bounce back from missing 21 straight cuts after he turned pro following the 1998 Open Championship. A lot of things do not seem to bother Rose and if he could pick a favorite other than McIlroy, he would pick Justin Rose.