PGA Picks | The Honda Classic
The 2019 PGA Florida swing kicks off this week from PGA National and the Honda Classic. The American Honda Motor Company has sponsored this event since 1982, playing at PGA National since 2007, where the course is playing 7,140 yards with a par 70. The 144 player field is a strong one, including defending Champ Justin Thomas, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler.
The Honda Classic
Where: PGA National (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
When: February 28th – March 3rd, 2019
Purse: $6,800,000 Winner Share: $1,224,000
Defending Champion: Justin Thomas
TV Coverage: Golf Channel, NBC
I hope you have been following my PGA picks because I killed it last week. I had Justin Thomas at the top of my list. While Thomas closed with a 4th round 62 to finish 9th, I also had both Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy. DJ won by 5 strokes over Rory, going 21-under for the tournament. Rory was 5 up on a trio at 3rd…so these two were dominant.
It’s not often you feel comfortable when a PGA event is less than half over, but these two led from the get-go, and I had a great weekend. Before tee-off, and a great tip from our golf insider, we had quite a few dimes on DJ, making last weekend one of our best betting weekends in a while. Go follow our Instagram to get the latest from us.
I will be posting a golf betting strategy article tomorrow outlining how I bet golf. Including bankroll management and why I pick certain guys, so be on the lookout at ATB, your sports betting information leaders. Here’s who we like this week:
Justin Thomas +450
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Yes, I have Justin Thomas on my list again this week. I already mentioned Thomas going low in the 4th round last week, but he’s simply playing some of the best golf across the tour.
In 5 events in the 2019 calender year, Thomas has finished 3 T16, 3, 2 and 9. He can be found of the top of stat categories like scoring average, greens in regulation percentage and ball striking. I’m not a big fan of the +450, it is just below my cutoff for bankroll strategy, but sometimes you just need to roll with the course horse.
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Rickie Fowler +850
Rickie missed the cut here last year, but that’s not par for the course when it comes to Fowler at the Honda Classic. He won the event in 2017, and finished T6 in 2016, T41 in 2015 and T24 in 2014. He can be considered another course horse.
Rickie already has a win on the season, winning the Waste Management to open February. He’s shown he can go low here, and with current form taken into consideration, he’s worth a few bucks.
Webb Simpson +1950
Webb hasn’t set the PGA on fire so far this season, but he has played a limited schedule, participating in only 3 events since the calendar turned to 2019. In those events, he finished 3rd (Sentry), T20 (Waste Management) and T39 last week at the WGC Mexico event.
Simpson played at the Honda Classic for the first time since 2011 last year, finishing T5. He shot two rounds of 66 and two more at 72. If he held on for par in those two high rounds, he would have forced a playoff with JT. Webb is known for being able to read Bermuda greens, so watch for him to gain strokes on the field with the flat-stick.
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Other Players I like:
Graeme McDowell +5500
Alex Noren +4000
Billy Horschel +2750
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