Tiger Woods: He is coming off a first round elimination at the Accenture Match Play Championship which I will overlook as it is a different format and a course that Tiger has not particularly enjoyed. He won his last stroke play event and has finished in the top-10 six times in his last eight official events. He also finished second while firing a final round 62 in 2012 behind eventual champion Rory McIlroy. He leads the tour in adjusted scoring. It’s not Bayhill but it is Tiger and the Florida Swing so he obviously has a chance.
Justin Rose: He likes this event. In his last two ventures to the “Bear Trap” he has top-5 finishes which includes the 2012 edition of the event. In his last 10 events around the globe his worst finish is tied for 24th which almost guarantees he will be playing on the weekend. His last two events (not counting the Accenture) are a tie for 16th and a tie for second which is a solid start to the 2013 season. In 2012 he led the tour in greens in regulation which will obviously come into play this week.
Graeme McDowell: He made it to the quarterfinals finishing tied for fifth last week at the Accenture. He finished ninth last year at the Honda and sixth in 2011 on the heels of a final round 64 which shows he can go low at this event. He is fourth on tour in driving accuracy, 18th in driving distance and 28th in greens in regulation from 125-150 which will all come into play this weekend. The former major champion is on the list of contenders this week.
Lee Westwood: He calls Palm Beach County Florida home so he is comfortable in the area. Since turning pro he has been one of the best ball strikers in tour. He has made the cut in all three tournaments he entered in 2013 (seven in a row total). He finished fourth in 2012 at the Honda on the heels of a final round 63. He also finished tied for ninth in 2010. He is currently 15th in driving accuracy and 21st in scoring average in 2013. The local boy has a chance.
Charl Schwartzel: If you forgive him last week for the poor showing in the match play event his game is on form heading into this week and he is ready to go. If you look at his last seven starts excluding the Match Play Championship they are all top five finishes. He finished tied for fifth last year at the Honda and 14th in 2011. He is arguably the best ball striker in the world right now.