Honda Classic (PGA Tour) Betting Free Plays and Handicapping Preview

by Earl Campbell | February 24, 2020 |

This week, the pros of the PGA travel from the west coast over to the opposite side of the country to beautiful Palm Beach Gardens, Florida at PGA National for The Honda Classic.  

The Honda Classic is the first tournament out of the west coast that takes place each year during the PGA Tour.  

This is actually the first of four tournaments that will be held in Florida and a favorite to many in the betting world.

PGA National Golf Club Details

The Honda Classic has been played at PGA National since 2007.  Prior to being played at PGA National, the Honda Classic was played at Country Club of Miami, Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, Florida, TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Weston Hills Golf Club and Country Club in Weston, Florida, TPC at Heron Bay and Country Club at Mirasol before moving to its current venue, PGA National Golf Club.  

PGA National is located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was designed originally in 1980 by George and Tom Fazio and then redesigned by the great Jack Nicklaus in 1990. Palm Beach Gardens is about 75 miles north of Miami, Florida and this course is absolutely stunning with the views and course layout. 

Nicklaus designed this course to have one of the toughest three-hole sets on a golf course, which is now called the “Bear Trap”.  The “Bear Trap” has played as the third toughest 3 hole set of all the golf courses the PGA uses on tour.

The course overall is a tough course to play on.  Not only is the “Bear Trap” tough but holes 5, 6, and 7 are also just one spot in difficulty behind the famous “Bear Trap”.  There is a big difference between what the pro’s have played out in California and on the West Coast, to what they will face this week with the Florida course this week. They have been playing on Poa Annua and now that will switch to Bermuda Grass.       

The putting will be at a premium this week and for those that aren’t very experienced with these greens, throw them out the door because they have no chance at winning!  Make sure whoever you go with is at least putting in the top half of the tournament.

PGA National is a 7,140-yard golf course that plays as a Par 70.  The course has several hazards in play including water, bunkers and trees that line the fairways. 

Speaking of the fairways, they are wide enough that Driving Accuracy shouldn’t be too much of an issue.  There are trees that line the fairways but permitting they don’t venture too far off, they can usually keep the ball in play.

There are bunkers littered all along throughout this course and it definitely adds to the difficulty of the overall playing ability.  Don’t expect to see those extremely low scores but there will be opportunities that should present themselves for some birdies along the way.

System Attributes

There are a significant amount of water hazards on this course so the Approach will be very important, as well as Scrambling. There are also only 2 Par 5’s so this week Ball Striking will be more important than Driving Distance. You’re going to also want to make sure you have some decent putters as Putting can be a very important key attribute that will help golfers.  

  • Scrambling
  • Ball Striking
  • Par 4 Scoring
  • Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
  • Greens In Reg
  • Bogey Avoidance
  • Strokes Gained: Putting

Honda Open Golfers

Let me start off by saying that I really am not a fan of many of the favorites this week.  Sure, I like Rickie Fowler and Tommy Fleetwood but neither of those guys really impresses me enough this week to make me play them at these low odds.  Therefore, I am going to be playing 5 golfers that I think are a tremendous value, who have a legit shot at winning.  

Daniel Berger at MyBookie at +3300 for 1 Unit

I think the timing is right for Berger this week!  I think he is in a great spot and should be there at the end, to win the 2020 Honda Classic.  He is in great form right now and I told you guys a few weeks ago, he is going to have a big year. He finished in 5th place at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and 9th place at the Phoenix Open.  He carries great value in his odds and is talented enough to run away with this one. 

Wyndham Clark at MyBookie at +6600 for 1 Unit

I’m going to call it now, if his putting is good and his Scrambling numbers are fair, he will win this tournament.  All his numbers scream out that he is peaked for this tournament but he must keep the putting numbers high. If the putting is there, he wins at 66/1! 

Bud Cauley at MyBookie at +9000 for 1 Unit

There is only one golfer that checks every box for us this week……and crazy enough that isn’t Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Gary Woodland, Tommy Fleetwood or Brooks Koepka!  Try Bud Cauley! Yup, you heard me right, he is the #1 golfer in our system this week and his odds are 90/1! OK, sign me up!

Matthew NeSmith at MyBookie at +8000 for 1 Unit

This will be his first time playing here in the Honda Classic but however this guy is peaking at the right time. He finished in 6th place last week at the Puerto Rico Open and was 11th at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.  In every tournament he has played in 2020, he has finished in 32nd or better! He is looking for his first win on the PGA Tour and I think it could come this week.

Kyoung-Hoon Lee at MyBookie at +11000 for 1 Unit

If you’re looking for a longshot to throw a dart at, take a look at Lee.  He is one of those golfers that either shoots really good….or really bad…and you will know it within the first 9 holes of the tournament.  He has played really well here in the Honda Classic, finishing in 7th and 8th place in his 2 appearance and comes in with a 13th and 14th place finish in his last two tournaments.  At 110/1, he is a must play for me!

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