The Honda Classic Predictions, Betting Odds & Picks
- The tournament returns to the Jack Nicklaus-designed PGA National
- The field all set to take on the infamous ‘Bear Trap’
- South Korea’s Sungjae Im defends his title
The Honda Classic Odds
|Daniel Berger||+1000 |
|Sungjae Im||+1200 |
|Joaquin Niemann||+1800 |
|Lee Westwood||+2000 |
|Adam Scott||+2500 |
|Shane Lowry||+2500 |
|Russell Henley||+2800 |
|Talor Gooch||+3300 |
|Cameron Tringale||+3500 |
|Brendan Steele||+4500 |
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The Honda Classic Picks and Predictions
Russell Henley is the outright pick at +3000 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Dough Ghim can land a top 10 at +550 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Back Daniel Berger to defeat Sungjae Im in their bet365 match bet at -120
Russell Henley each way in the outright +3000/+700 with DraftKings Sportsbook
Doug Ghim to make the top 10 +550 at DraftKings Sportsbook
Daniel Berger to best Sungaje Im at -120 with bet365
How to Watch The Honda Classic
|Honda Classic Information|
|What||The Honda Classic|
|Where||PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida|
|When||Thursday, March 18 – Sunday, March 21|
|How to watch||Thursday & Friday 2pm & 7pm ET (Golf Channel), Saturday & Sunday 1pm & 7pm ET (Golf Channel). All four days on Sky Sports.|
The Honda Classic Profile
Enjoyed the Florida Swing?! It’s been pretty good, right?
It kicked off with clinical Collin Morikawa claiming the WGC Workday Championship, then Bryson DeChambeau stretched his muscles to overhaul Bay Hill in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and last week Justin Thomas raced through the field at the weekend to win THE PLAYERS Championship.
Ahead of that first event, the international press had been chuckling that no American had won for five tournaments in Florida, a run stretching back to this tournament two years ago. Well, now the home players have won three in a row, although poor Lee Westwood, who was a valiant runner-up in both the last two weeks, might easily have landed a win for England.
He’s back this week, playing a course where he’s a four-time top ten finisher, but it would be pretty remarkable if he could finally end the week with the trophy in his hands if only because he’s already admitted to suffering from fatigue and PGA National won’t let up the pace.
It’s a Tom Fazio original design, but two renovations by Jack Nicklaus have left the great man’s stamp all over it. High-quality long game technicians thrive here, but they also need to be expert in the wind (it’s always blustery and gales close to 40mph have been predicted for Sunday) and also possess a sure touch around the greens.
Palm Beach resident Daniel Berger is the favorite in the betting, a consequence of his consistent excellence over the last 15 months and two top-four finishes on the course.
The second favorite is defending champion Sungjae Im who overhauled Tommy Fleetwood’s 54-hole lead 12 months ago.
All of them will be taking on ‘The Bear Trap’; the fearsome 15th, 16th, and 17th holes that can disrupt any round. Strap in and let’s hope for more Florida Swing fun and games.
Henley Can Land Second Win
This week’s test is right up the alley of 31-year-old Russell Henley.
He showed he could win in Florida on the second-tier Web.com Tour in 2012, remained solid in the wind when winning his first PGA Tour title at the Sony Open in Hawaii, and then confirmed those hints by landing this tournament in 2014.
With another win on Bermuda greens in windy Texas at the 2017 Houston Open, he verified his fondness for the conditions he’ll face again this week. And the stats also back up those victories.
Winners here shine in Strokes Gained Tee to Green and also Scrambling – and Henley ranked top 20 in both categories last season and he is doing so again in this campaign.
In January he threatened to win a second Sony Open at Waialae, but didn’t quite complete the job. He can, however, make it two wins at PGA National.
He’s a solid outright selection, priced +3000 for the win and +700 for the top five with DraftKings.
Doug Can Dig In
Once the world amateur number one ranked player, Doug Ghim has spent 2021 displaying his best golf in the pro game for the first time.
He landed a first PGA Tour top five in The American Express in January and has got himself into contention in both of the last two weeks.
He was four back of the 54-hole lead at Bay Hill and then just three back last week at TPC Sawgrass. He failed to land a top 20 on both occasions, but they will have provided vivid lessons in how to get the job done, and in the latter, he played with Justin Thomas who offered words of consolation on the final green.
Ghim ranks 29th for SG Tee to Green and 18th for Scrambling – that makes him a lively chance to ride the Sunshine State wave and land a top 10 at +550 with DraftKings Sportsbook.
Berger Can Flip Defending Champ Im
It’s not often that we feel like jumping in on a match bet involving the top two in the betting, but this week looks a good time to break that habit.
Daniel Berger is unquestionably in the form of his life, striping the ball from tee to green and now a much better scrambler than he has ever been (he’s gone from being ranked outside the top 100 a few years ago to topping the rankings in 2019-20).
As a consequence, since the start of 2020, he’s landed 11 top 10 finishes in 23 starts. Im has played pretty good himself but managed only seven top 10s in his 37 starts. If you take a closer look at the head-to-head in that period Berger wins 10-5, a decent margin and a persuasive one.
It’s also worth considering that Im will face a unique situation this week as a defending champion. He’ll have more media and sponsorship duties, for one thing, and it can be tricky to get used to.
All in all, Berger looks worth supporting at -120 with bet365.
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Matt Cooper has been a sports journalist since 2009 with his work appearing at ESPN, Sky Sports, NBC, Sporting Life and the Planet Sport Network among many others, in addition to guest appearances on the BBC and CNN. Although a specialist in golf, who has traveled the world to cover the sport, Matt has also covered rugby, cricket, football and the Olympics. Email: [email protected]