The PGA Tour rolls down to the famed and feared PGA National for the 2020 Honda Classic.
Tommy Fleetwood is the favorite and he has definitely earned it with his patient play here in the past as well as maintaining beautiful form over the past couple of months.
Just behind the Brit is Brooks Koepka who appears to be exercising some patience as he returns slowly from what he referred to as “An excruciating knee injury”.
I’ve heard bad things about that Patella Tendon surgery from a couple of friends as well.
I think Brooks will return to an even better form much sooner than later but I don’t think I’m going to pick him this week.
The talent in the field is low. That’s a big reason we see him this high on the board.
We have players with slightly more finesse players in the field who have been back playing now for months not weeks.
Rickie Fowler, Gary Woodland, and Sungjae Im are on my radar.
BetOnline.AG has the odds for us this week.
Let’s get to our betting predictions for the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic.
Boy, Tommy has been playing some gorgeous golf as of late.
He was one of only two wins for us last week when he hit on a top twenty bet. Prior to last week’s performance, the Englishman had consecutive finishes of 1st, 2nd, 2nd, and 11th.
It was nice to get a win with him last week because he has let me down in the past.
I don’t believe this will be one of those weeks, though.
He will have to prove, though, that his first and only performance at PGA National where he finished 4th wasn’t beginner’s luck.
This course is very very difficult, though, so I don’t think too many beginners here are finishing 4th. No other golfers in this field come close to playing at the level Tommy has been over the past couple of months.
I think he will be challenged by our next pick but still manages to finish inside the top ten.
Gary or shall we call him “G” for short and out of respect to his cool walk and cold stare? G it is.
Seriously, guys, Woodland is on the cusp of being regarded as one of the top ten golfers in the world. He didn’t solely focus on this sport growing up as many of his peers did, so his foundation may be slightly lower but his ceiling should be higher.
We have seen the improvement from Gary in all facets of the game.
In probably the best moment of his career, he won the US Open last year and let the golf world know that he wasn’t just a major tournament contender anymore. He was a winner.
Woodland was 12th last week down in Mexico. I expect a similar finish from him this weekend at PGA National.
We have to remember that G is a Florida-native and resident. He plays some of his best golf in his home state and while he has never won, Gary is still very familiar with the course.
I like his better than average play on the debuting BermudaGrass greens.
This will be Honda Classic #8 for G and who knows how many times he has put in his own practice rounds at PGA National?
Let’s take the plus money for Gary to grab a top twenty for us.
Berger, another Florida-native, is also swinging a hot club like our other picks. 5th at Pebble Beach in his last outing and 9th in Phoenix before that!
The man is just 26 years old and that’s when we see a big jump for a lot of these golfers. He is 22nd this year in total shots gained, 38th in putting, and 43rd in this weekend’s all-important tee to green.
All of his numbers this year are better than last season except for one. Shots gained off the tee are down slightly but it shows maturity and the rest of his game, even putting, has improved.
Just like Woodland, he has a runner-up finish here. It came in his first appearance, though, in 2014 and he has yet to break the top twenty at the Honda.
His game is highly suited to a course like this and what really does it for me is the fact that he is older and has shown more patience playing the game of golf than in years past.
The Florida Swing portion of the PGA Tour kicks off near West Palm Beach this week with the Honda Classic.
PGA National is considered one of if not the most difficult non-major course on the PGA Tour. Golfers will need to drive the ball very accurately as the fairways are less than 30 yards wide.
It has been rainy in Florida in 2020 and the course is expected to be receptive in return.
I like the favorite Fleetwood not to win this week but to continue his outstanding play in 2020 with a top ten finish at the Honda.
Daniel Berger and Gary Woodland both have games highly-suited for this course and have each found success here in the past.
Get those picks in now, guys, and enjoy the links!