2018 Honda Classic Betting Tips

February 22nd – 25th, 2018
PGA National Champion Course at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Par: 70 / Yardage: 7,140
Purse: $6.6 million with $1,188,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Rickie Fowler

Last week: Bubba Watson Win at 50/1, Phil Mickelson T6 at 25/1, Kevin Na T2 at 100/1 (Long Odds Glory Shot) 

Who Will Win The Honda Classic
2018 Honda Classic Betting Preview

The Champion Course at The Honda Classic is always a hum dinger and traditionally one of the toughest shorties on the PGA Tour.  Heavily influenced by the Florida winds, this par 70 at 7,140 yards with its Bear Trap is as much about bogey avoidance than scoring.

And if you want another view on the Honda Classic, Steve Bamford's Betting Preview + free tournament statistics are available at Golf Betting System.

Favourite Discussion

JT and Jordan had massive feet as kids?

Defending champion Rickie Fowler is 8/1 across the majority of the betting companies which is ridiculously short in my opinion and that's I always tip each-way. If I had a take a head on tackle from a prop forward to choose someone on the nose pre-tournament, I'd pick Justin Thomas at 12/1 who has a best of T3 in 2016 and impressed me last week.

Doc's Top Five Each Way Bets At The Honda Classic

Sergio Garcia 18/1

Aw bless.

I'm not privy to Sergio's mental focus for the game at the moment, but with his wife due to give birth in March this tip will depend very much on that.  On paper though a tough shot-makers par-70 in perennially windy Florida should suit the Spaniard down to the ground.  Sergio has played in the last four Honda's with three top-20's and a best of solo second in 2016 behind Adam Scott.  Winner in Singapore last month and T32 in Dubai where he ranked second in the field in fairways hit.

Scott Stallings 66/1

Scott Stallings eats spaghetti with the wife.

Would you believe Scott Stallings was on my shortlist last week also (we had Bubba a winner at 50/1 and Kevin Na long odds glory at 100/1) but I had to cut him from my final five in favour of Phil!  Thus I'll have to give him the nod this week after a T4 at Riviera and solo 7th at Pebble.  Three 68's from Friday to Sunday did the trick last week in a performance where Stallings impressed across all the major stats.  For me that's big (I'm a stats freak) and I think Scott knows a big win is coming and that this week might be his best chance for a while.

Gary Woodland  28/1

When the guy behind Gary Woodland drove into the tree!

A missed 54 hole cut at Pebble last time out wasn't a disaster for Gary Woodland coming on the back of a great run of T7 at The Sony, T12 at The Farmers and a super win in Phoenix.  Rickie won by a mile last year but Woodland was in the group tied for second and I think he's on form to contend again this time around.

Graeme McDowell 66/1

GMac and Rors when they were kids. Before it all went Pete Tong.

My read of what happened last week at Riviera was some vintage Gmac getting himself into position to win after 54 holes but possibly wanted it too much and tried to force the issue and lacked that bit of belief on Sunday.  That 77 dropped him into a T26 finish but the Portrush man can take away some big positives especially crossing back east to his adopted Florida where he has four top-10's  from nine starts at Palm Beach Gardens.  66/1 are great each way odds or 5/1 to finish in the top-10. Believe Gmac!

Brian Harman 40/1

Oh my goodness the last pick was literally a toss up between Tommy Fleetwood and Brian Harman. Tommy again is a debutant here and should have the tees and greens game for it but  I'm loving Brian Harman's terrier spirit on the PGA Tour and early in the season and wondered would he ever take a break!  Well he has done and returns to try and avoid the pitfalls of The Bear Trap this week.  No real form beyond a T11 here in 2015 but 4th on Tour in Greens Hit and 8th in Strokes Gained Putting say he's a solid bet on a par-70.

Long Odds Glory Shots

That time Billy had his lampshade to stop him licking his balls.

Billy Horschel 100/1 is missing more cuts than a blunt scissors at the moment but he's T4, T8 here for the last two seasons and seems to play his best here. Sean O'Hair 150/1 has made plenty of pocket of money here too with four top-25's in his last five visits.

Fantasy Golf Roster

Fantasy Golf fans, here is my early fantasy roster for the week with Billy Ho my final starter on the bench, if you know what I mean!!  I'm still agonising over Tommy Fleetwood too so he might nudge someone out!!

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