2016 Honda Classic Betting Preview and Tips

"The Bear Trap." 2016 Honda Classic Betting Preview And Tips.

February 25th – 28th, 2016
PGA National Resort (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,110
Purse: $6.1 million with $1,098,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Padraig Harrington

Need To Know Stuff About PGA National

The PGA Tour heads back to the East coast, Florida and Bermuda grasses this week.  Conditions at last years Honda Classic were atrocious so take those stats with a pinch of salt.  Weather this year is forecast to be unbroken sunshine and light winds so expect scoring to be a better.  Having said that, PGA National is one of the toughest tracks on the PGA Tour roster so it will not be a turkey shoot.  The course plays as a 7,110 yard par 70 and features “the Bear Trap” of holes 15, 16 and 17 which always bring drama.  The final hole, a par-5 is also a stinker, so expect drama and lots of it this week.

Favourite Watch

Rory McIlroy is a little more generous at 11/2 after a poor final round with the putter at Riviera but second favourite Rickie Fowler at 12/1 might appeal a little more to the win only market.  He’s back after a solo second in Phoenix having won before that in Abu Dhabi.  Fowler has a best here of T7 from his debut in 2012.

Doc’s Top Five Players To Watch At The 2016 Honda Classic

Adam Scott 18/1

Adam Scott 18/1. New putter actually fits in his car.

Struck the ball well on his way to a T2 at the Northern Trust Open but people will inevitably point the finger at a few four footers that slid by on the back nine.  I didn’t see that anything to discourage me from an each way flutter at 18/1 this week.  Scotty didn’t play here last year but was T12 in 2014.

Patrick Reed 22/1

Patrick Reed. Gutsy. 22/1

The Honda Classic is one of those tournaments to guts it out and Reed is a prime candidate for that job.  Fourth appearance at PGA National and looked to have it figured with a T7 in 2015.  Four top-10’s already in the 2016 season including a solo second at the TOC and a T6 last time out at on the Monterey Peninsula.  One of the top greens hitter there, he’s a man on form.

Branden Grace 30/1

Branden Grace 30/1. He's so hot right now.

Grace is out at 30/1 on foot of one pretty dismal appearance at this event in 2013 but he’s a whole other golfer these days.  Coming off six Top-10 finishes in a row including a win last time out in Qatar.  Loves a tough track, and theoretically South Africans should love this place!

Russell Knox 40/1

Russell Knox 40/1. Nearly man twice here.

Semi Scot, semi Floridian at this stage and Russell will be happy the Tour is back on his side of the country this week.  Was part of a four man playoff in 2014 and tied third last year.  With almost identical stats from those two appearances Knox will be looking to pound those fairways and greens again this year and has to be on your shortlist.  Knows how to win big now.

David Lingmerth 55/1

Ling and Eng. Best buds. 55/1

Another international who has made Florida his home, Lingmerth is coming off missed cuts in Pebble and Phoenix but has a solo second at the Career Builder to show for his trip west.  T8 here in 2014 and T25 last year. Watch his progress.

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