Scott Has Tiger And Rory In Sight

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Masters champion Adam Scott is back on the PGA Tour after a long break. Picture: Getty Images/europeantour.com

Last week in the desert, Jason Day was successful in the Accenture Matchplay Championship. This weekend, his good friend Adam Scott has the chance to star in the east at the Honda Classic being played at Palm Beach Gardens, which boasts one of the hardest par-70’s on the tour.

There are always dramasy when the players face the ‘Bear Trap’. Scott hasn’t played since early January and returns to the PGA Tour this week after an extended break to start his bid to defend the green Masters jacket and for an assault on the other three majors. However, keep in mind at his last trip here, the Aussie missed the cut.

Despite suggestions Tiger Woods might be past his best, the 14-time major winner is well fancied. But the Tiger has been somewhat tame of late and hasn’t strung together four under-par rounds in a tournament since last August. Woods has to hit the fairways at the PGA National to be competitive. Woods is off to his worst-ever start as a pro, after missing the 54-hole cut at Torrey Pines and tying for 41st in Dubai. This is his third career start at the Honda – he tied for 37th last year and shared second in 2012. He plays the opening two rounds alongside fellow-Americans Keegan Bradley and Zach Johnson .

Teeing off alongside Scott, the man he beat at the Australian Open in December, Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is another top prospect. The 24-year-old won this event in 2012, but had to withdraw last year in the middle of the famous toothache issue. This year, he comes in on a roll with five straight top 10’s in his last five stroke play events.

Graeme McDowell made the quarterfinals last week in the Match Play Championships and put up a solid t7 in the AT&T National earlier this season in his only other stateside tournament this calendar year. He has been in the top ten in his last three trips to the Bear Trap. 

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