Thursday, March 30, 2017

Scott grouped with Thomas, Harrington at Honda

After an eventful West Coast Swing, the PGA Tour heads to Florida this week for the Honda Classic. Here’s a look at a few of the marquee early-round groupings at PGA National, where the defending champ will find himself alongside a three-time major winner and one of the hottest players of 2017 (all times ET):

7:35 a.m. Thursday, 12:35 p.m. Friday: Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson, Paul Casey

Garcia nearly won this event last year and captured the Omega Dubai Desert Classic just three weeks ago. He’ll be joined for the first two rounds by Johnson, who has made the cut just once in the last three years in Palm Beach Gardens, and Casey, who finished T-12 at the Honda in 2014 and third the following year.

7:45 a.m. Thursday, 12:45 p.m. Friday: Adam Scott, Justin Thomas, Padraig Harrington

Scott held off Garcia down the stretch last year, completing the first half of a Florida double that continued with his victory at Doral the following week. He’ll begin his title defense alongside Thomas, who won twice in Hawaii to kick off the new year and was T-3 here a year ago, and Harrington, who surprised with his playoff victory at PGA National in 2015.

12:35 p.m. Thursday, 7:35 a.m. Friday: Jimmy Walker, Brooks Koepka, Martin Kaymer

Walker and Koepka have the major hardware in this threesome, but local resident Koepka might prove to be the biggest draw. Koepka has been slow out of the gates this year but should receive plenty of fan support, while the reigning PGA champ returns off a T-11 finish at Riviera and Kaymer makes his first start since Dubai.

12:45 p.m. Thursday, 7:45 a.m. Friday: Rickie Fowler, Daniel Berger, Hudson Swafford

Fowler, like Koepka, will be plenty popular this week while making a “home game” start. He has four top-25 finishes in the last five years at PGA National, including last year’s T-6 result, and will be joined by Berger, who lost a playoff to Harrington here two years ago, and Swafford, who earned his first win last month in Palm Springs.

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