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Past major winners making noise at the Honda

Posted on: March 3, 2012 4:44 pm

By Shane Bacon

Leave it to one of the harder golf courses on tour to bring out some of the best from some of the best. Not only is Rory McIlroy attempting to become number one in the world with a win this week, but some of the guys we hoped would have great seasons are making this a statement week.  

You’d first have to look at Keegan Bradley, who seems to really pump his game up when the field is impressive. Keegan, who lives in the area, has been magnificant this week, and year, and has shown that 2011 isn’t going to be some fluke. 

But the two names you have to be impressed with are past major winners in Charl Schwartzel and Graeme McDowell. Schwartzel was a double-bogey on No. 11 away from posting a tournament-shifting round on Saturday, but still managed a 3-under 67 to get himself in the mix come Sunday. 

Then you have Graeme McDowell. Before there was Rory on our minds, McDowell was the stud out of Northern Ireland who won an incredible U.S. Open. McDowell had one of those special seasons in 2010, but has really struggled since the Chevron that year and has been looking to bounce back. After his 64-69 Friday and Saturday, Graeme is in the top-10 and if he keeps the momentum, might land in the top-five before the week ends. 

While this week is always going to be about Rory’s chance at number one and Tiger Woods trying to bounce back at a course near his home, some of the players making noise are the guys the tour needs to come back to raise the interest level, and so far, they’ve done their jobs. 

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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 3, 2012 5:25 pm

Past major winners making noise at the Honda

It will be interesting to see how Graeme finishes tomorrow.  If he can put together another solid round, it will bode well for the next few weeks.  I am sure I assign too much importance to one unlucky bounce, but I still feel it was the bad bounce on the 54th hole at TPC last year that put his 2011 season on the road to nowhere.

Harris English is making a lot of noise today.  How many people realize he's 3 months younger than Rory?  I like English, but tomorrow I'll be going with the Irish.

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