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Bonus Model Targets – AT&T Pebble Beach ProAm

Welcome to the Florida swing of the PGA season. Well, it’s not quite as simple as that now that Doral has been removed from the tour schedule each year and the first WGC event of the season will be in Mexico next week, but it’s still a really fun change of pace after spending the last month on the west coast where players battled longer courses and Poa greens. Now, they will be confronted by a new challenge as water is back in the equation here at PGA National on almost every hole on the course. This Par 70, 7,140 yard course in Palm Beach Gardens has hosted the Honda Classic every year going back to 2007.

The course is incredibly difficult and the winning score typically does not reach double digits as high scores can found throughout the course either by finding the water, having to play from the rough or in dealing with winds that are typically in play every time the tour stops in Florida during the winter months. It will be a test of patience, theirs and ours to battle through this week. Winds will be a factor and looks to be hovering around 15 mph with potential gusts to above 20 mph in the first two days. It looks a little gusty Friday morning so perhaps some AM/PM stacks are in order, but nothing dramatic.

I’ll be looking for ball strikers this week, with the primary focus on hitting Greens in Regulation. It’s going to be a little tricky when looking at the stats this week. You’re going to see the accuracy numbers for the bombers and could potentially be scared off. Don’t let that be the case. This is not a driver course so most of these guys are going to club down which will bring up their accuracy number quite a bit. Be more focused on the mid to long iron play that is going to position them on the greens. It’s very tough to play from the rough around these greens so proximity from mid to long range with their irons is going to be the biggest key to success this week.

 

Here’s who I’m looking at and avoiding for the Honda Classic….

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