Wednesday, February 22

An Odd Florida Swing, Masters in Six Weeks

THERE'S STILL ANOTHER WEEK IN FEBRUARY, but I guess we're all looking ahead to the Masters. That's what we do at this time of year. And it's only six weeks away.

Meanwhile, the Florida Swing of the PGA Tour starts tomorrow with The Honda Classic. It's a bit strange this time around with a stop in Mexico City instead of Doral.

Here are the tournaments leading up to Augusta:

The Honda Classic (February 23-26)
WGC-Mexico (March 2-5)
Valspar Championship (March 9-12)
Arnold Palmer Invitational (March 16-19)
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (March 22-26)
Shell Houston Open (March 30-April 2)

From the AP via USA Today, here's a preview of top players and their schedules leading up to the Masters:
The Florida Swing — it's more of a stutter step with the tour going to Mexico instead of Doral — has a tough act to follow. 
For starters, none of the top six in the world will be at the Honda Classic this week in Palm Beach Gardens. The highest-ranked player is Scott, who can't move higher than his No. 7 spot in the ranking even if he were to successfully defend his title at PGA National. 
Johnson is expected to play in Mexico, the Match Play and the Houston Open. Day will be in Mexico, Bay Hill and the Match Play. Spieth will be in Mexico, Innisbrook, the Match Play and most likely Houston. Throw in Matsuyama, McIlroy and Henrik Stenson, and there will be plenty of occasions for them to mix it up ahead of the Masters.
According to one sportsbook, current Masters favorites are Spieth (13-2) and Johnson (8-1), followed by Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama.

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