LAST TOURNAMENTS: WGC-Mexico Championship (Dustin Johnson); Puerto Rico Open (Martin Trainer)
THIS WEEK: Honda Classic (Feb. 28-March 3)
PGA National Resort (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Par 70, 7,110 yards)
Purse: $6.8 million ($1,224,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points to winner)
Defending champion: Justin Thomas
FedEx Cup leader: Xander Schauffele
Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday and Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC).
PALM BEACH – Ten of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings are in the field this week, led by No. 3 Gary Woodland, while eight of the top 30 in the Official World Golf Ranking, including No. 3 Justin Thomas, No. 4 Brooks Koepka and No. 9 Rickie Fowler, will tee it up beginning Thursday. … Koepka, the reigning player of the year, looks to get back on track after finishing in a tie for 27th last week in Mexico. … After beginning last year’s final round of the Honda Classic one stroke off Luke List’s lead, Thomas defeated List with a birdie on the first hole of sudden death (No. 18) for his eighth career victory. The following week, Thomas lost in a playoff to Phil Mickelson at the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship. … Five FedExCup champions are in the field: Vijay Singh (2008), Jim Furyk (2010), Bill Haas (2011), Billy Horschel (2014), and Thomas (2017). … Martin Trainer, the winner last week in the alternate event in Puerto Rico, is also in the field. In his 11th start on the PGA Tour, Trainer overcame a two-stroke deficit beginning the final round to post a 5-under 67 to win by three strokes at 15 under. … In the 2017-18 season, the par-70 Champion Course ranked as the second-toughest course on tour with a scoring average of 2.303 over par. Only Shinnecock Hills GC (U.S. Open) ranked tougher to par. … Since 2007, the “Bear Trap” (holes 15-17) continues to rank among the toughest three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour. The field has played that stretch of holes in a combined average of 3,489 strokes over par since 2007 (4,629 over on the other 15).
NEXT WEEK: Arnold Palmer Invitational, Orlando.