The PGA Tour returns to the East Coast this week for the Honda Classic which will be played at the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We take a look at the field and suggest a 4 ball to take on the bookmakers.
This course plays to a par 70 and is a true test of golf with winning scores quite often below -10. The course tends to favour the longer hitters but accuracy is also important and given the amount of bunkers across the course being able to play out of the sand is also a major advantage.
Justin Thomas is a strong favourite at 11/2 ahead of Rickie Fowler at 12/1 and you can get 14/1 and better the balance.
2018 – Justin Thomas -8*
2017 – Rickie Fowler -12
2016 – Adam Scott -9
2015 – Padraig Harrington -6 *
2014 – Russell Henley -8 *
Justin Thomas 11/2
Rickie Fowler 12/1
Brooks Koepka 14/1
Adam Scott 16/1
Sergio Garcia 18/1
Gary Woodland 18/1
25/1 and better the balance, odds correct at time of posting but subject to change
Brooks Koepka each way at 14/1
Koepka is the player who rises to the big occasion and with the majors fast approaching I am expecting his game to sharpen up. Somewhat surprisingly he doesn’t have a good record in this event but his long game looked in good shape last week and that should give him every chance to contend.
Cameron Smith each way at 28/1
Smith has been remarkably consistent and he chalked up yet another top 10 finish in his last start. He hasn’t played this course before but should be well suited.
Matt Wallace each way at 80/1
This is a relatively thin field by PGA Tour standards, all be it, it is quite top heavy. Wallace is a player I followed on the European tour and he delivered plenty of place dividends which is why I am eyeing him out at his current price at 80/1.
Ernie Els each way at 150/1 and Top 20 at 13/2
I always held a theory that as golfers reach the end of their careers they refocus after perhaps enjoying the good life for a bit too long, Els fits into that category and there are signs that his game is returning and while another major would probably be a step too far, I can see him winning on tour again.
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