The Honda Classic, taking place at the PGA National Champion Course starts next week on the 23rd February 2017.
Many of the higher ranked players are taking a rest after an intense January and February on the West Coast, making Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia the only top ten ranked players to be playing at the tournament. Although it’s less well attended, it still has a decent prize pot at $6.4m, with the winner taking $1.1m.
Last year Scott won, with a one stroke lead over Garcia. He managed to win despite a quadruple-bogey seven, in the third round, on a par 3. That hole was the 15th, and forms part of what is known as ‘The ‘Bear Trap’. All three holes are par three, but are very challenging and can make or break a round. Last year it only didn’t due to the lead Scott had built up, but it’ll be something that determines who wins this year.
Fortunately for Scott, he held steady on the rest of the Bear Trap, and a decent fourth round lead him to victory, making him the seventh winner since the tournament moved to its current location. With so many different winners, it suggests that historic performance on the course might not be an indicator for future Honda Classics.
It is generally one of the most challenging courses on the tour. The course is exposed to the elements, consists a lot of bunkers and has water featuring on 13 holes. This can make more like a Links course than other venues on the PGA Tour. How does this affect predicting the winner?
Last year Scott ranked 10th for both average drive distance and accuracy. The year before that, the winner Harrington was 52nd for driver accuracy, suggesting that a bad initial hit off the tee isn’t the worst thing. Scott last year did rank for 1st for greens in regulation, and it’s this stat that is more common among winners in previous tournaments. Based on this, current form around this area is more likely to be a predictor of success.
How To Watch the 2017 Honda Classic?
Sky Sports have the rights for this tournament in the UK. Coverage starts at 7pm on Thursday 23rd February on Sky Sports 4.
Who Is The Favourite To Win The 2017 Honda Classic?
Scott is favourite to win again. Here are the betting odds for the Honda Classic. They’re provided by 10Bet, and are priced prior to the tournament starting:
- Adam Scott – 12.00
- Sergio Garcia – 18.50
- Rickie Fowler – 18.50
- Justin Thomas – 19.00
- Louis Oosthuizen – 30.00
- Russell Knox – 31.00
- Paul Casey – 32.00
- Tyrell Hatton – 34.00
- Gary Woodland – 34.00
- Daniel Berger – 35.00
2017 Honda Classic Betting Offers
There is a considerable amount of betting offers available to punters. Most of which though do require for bets to be placed prior to the tournament starting.
- Boylesports – Paying six places, and giving money back as a free bet if you back a player to win the Honda Classic, and they finish 2nd or 3rd (incl. ties). You must opt in to receive this offer on the Boylesports website, and you must place the bet before the tournament starts.
- Paddy Power – If you’re more focused betting on a player to place, then Paddy Power might be a better option for you. They’re paying out on seven places on EW bets at 1/5. No money back offer this time.
- Winner – A bit similar to the Boylesports offer. Money back if your player finishes second or third, up to £25.
- Betfred – This one isn’t listed on their promotion page, but we spotted it on their social channels. Betfred are paying six places at enhanced odds of 4/1.
- Various accumulators – If you’re going to bet on 2 or 3 ball accumulators, then do it with either Winner, or StanJames, as both are offering insurance if one selection doesn’t come in.