Brooks Koepka played in his hometown PGA Tour a year ago on a sponsor's exemption. He had plenty of friends and family watching at the Honda Classic, though to everyone else he was the American who only had full playing privileges in Europe.
Fans stood three-deep and formed a corridor from the 18th green at PGA National as they tried to get an autograph, a picture or even a close look at Rory McIlroy. Moments later, another group of fans pressed against him with souvenir flags to sign as McIlroy left a conference room.
Geoff Ogilvy wouldn't mind defending his title in the Barracuda Championship on the edge of the Sierra, though that would mean he's not eligible for the World Golf Championship in Bridgestone the same week. Ogilvy much prefers Montreux to Firestone, but he would rather play for $8 million in prize money instead of $3 million, along with the prestige of trying to win a fourth WGC title.