Honda Classic Betting Tips

Honda Classic betting tips & predictionsHonda Classic betting tips & predictions – the Honda Classic is played each spring in Florida and marks the start of the Florida Swing. The tournament was founded in 1972 as the Inverrary Classic and since 1982 Honda has been the title sponsor.

PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida has hosted the tournament since 2007. The Champion Course at PGA National was opened in November 1981 and was designed by Tom and George Fazio. The course has played host to the 1983 Ryder Cup, the 1987 PGA Championship and the Senior PGA Championship from 1982-2000.



Following a redesign of the course by Jack Nicklaus in 1990, holes 15, 16 and 17 became known as the infamous “Bear Trap“. These holes are three of the hardest on a tough and challenging course.

Water is in play on 16 holes and there are 100+ bunkers. The course annually ranks as one of the most difficult in Greens in Regulation so solid iron play is key. Blustery conditions are not unusual for this time of year in Florida so an ability to play in wind is a plus. If the wind gets up the layout becomes a very tricky test and missing the fairways makes it even more of a struggle.

PGA National is a challenging layout with a premium on ball-striking making it a very similar test to that experienced at Riviera

With the PGA Tour migrating from to the East Coast it will be interesting to see how the form on the ‘West-Coast-Swing’ translates to the ‘Florida-Swing’.



The layout is not straightforward in terms of being able to find a profile that fits. Last year’s winner, Rickie Fowler, emerged victorious to win his 4th PGA Tour title. He carded a final round +1 (71) to finish on -12 (268), four shots clear of the chasing pack. Fowler had this to say after the final round;

“I started with a four shot lead and I still won by four, so I didn’t play great, it wasn’t a pretty round, but we got the job done. A win is a win.”

Fowler finished the week 12th in Driving Distance, T17 for Driving Accuracy, T18 in GIR and 2nd in Strokes Gained Putting. He gained a total of 7.4 strokes on the field average from putting and gained another 6.8 strokes from Off-The-Tee and Approach-The-Green combined.

The 2016 champion, Adam Scott, finished the week 10th in Driving Distance, T10 in Driving Accuracy, 1st for GIR and 23rd for Strokes Gained Putting. The Aussie’e approach shots contributed 55% (2.2 strokes gained per round) of his total gain on the field average, followed by driving at 28 percent (1.1 strokes gained per round).

The 2015 winner, Padraig Harrington, prevailed in a playoff against Daniel Berger. Harrington won on the strength of his approach shots. He gained 3.1 strokes per round in his victory, with approach shots contributing 2.3 strokes of the total gain.

In a nutshell, players will need to have a solid ball striking week, be able to manoeuvre the ball in windy conditions, putt and scramble well and avoid big numbers in the Bear Trap

Honda Classic Betting Tips 2018

Gary Woodland golf betting tipsGary Woodland 28/1 (E/W) – best finish in the Honda is a T2 in a last year’s tournament. Tops this week’s Current Form table thanks to his victory in the WM Phoenix Open. Prior to that he finished T12 in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. Heads the Tour in Ball Striking which puts him inside the Top 30 in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is currently 13th on Tour for Strokes Gained Tee-To-Green and 5th for Strokes Gained Putting. The big-hitter is arriving in confident mood and could go one better this year.
Brian Harman golf betting tipsBrian Harman 45/1 (E/W) – his results at the Honda are anything but noteworthy, however he does hold the course record at PGA National. He shot a second round 61 in 2012 breaking the previous record by three strokes. His form this season is eye-catching with 5 x Top 10’s from 7 starts. No surprise then that with such solid form that he places second in this week’s Stats Analysis. He is 4th on Tour for GIR and 8th for Strokes Gained Putting. Willing to dismiss Event Form based on strength of other variables.

 

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