What to Watch For: Saturday at the 2011 Honda Classic

Saturday March 5th, 2011

Kuchar Kuchar's Hot RunNot only is there a debate about who's No. 1 in the world, there's also a debate on who's the top American player. A strong candidate? Matt Kuchar. Kuchar led the PGA Tour in top-10 finishes last year, and he is continuing his great play in 2011. Kuchar has four top 10s in five starts, including a win in the consolation match last week at the match play.
So it's no surprise to see Kuchar in the mix this week at the notoriously tough PGA National. Kuchar, the 2002 Honda champion, sits five shots off the lead, but there are only six players between him and leader Kyle Stanley.
Kuchar is hitting a lot of fairways (21 for 27), and he is tied for fourth in greens in regulation. But so far Kuchar's putter hasn't caught fire. He needed 29 putts on Thursday and 30 on Friday. The bunkers haven't been kind to him, either. Kuchar is a dismal 2 for 7 out of the sand this week. Rookie WatchIt's always fun to see how a rookie handles the spotlight, and Kyle Stanley has quite a test ahead of him this weekend. Stanley leads Rory Sabbatini by one stroke after two rounds at one of the toughest events outside of the majors. If the tough golf course and howling winds weren't enough, Stanley will have veterans such as Lee Westwood, Y.E. Yang, Matt Kuchar and Jerry Kelly chasing after him in the third round. Oh, and of course there's that little invite to Augusta if he happens to win.
"I'm sure it will cross my mind a little bit," Stanley said. "So I'm sure I'll learn a lot about how I'll handle it."
Fortunately for Stanley, he's off to a good start in his rookie season. He made the cut in all five starts, and Stanley is coming off his best finish so far -- a T13 at Mayakoba.
(Photo: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

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