2012 PGA Honda Classic Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 PGA Honda Classic Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

2012 PGA Honda Classic Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored    
By Drew Sharper 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (TheSpread) – The 2012 PGA Tour is in for a treat this week as a number of top golfers will compete in The Honda Classic.

According to oddsmakers, Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win this event, as he has been given 8/1 odds. Other short odds to win are Lee Westwood (9/1) and Tiger Woods (10/1).

McIlroy is second in the world rankings and knocking on the door of the top spot. He finished second in last week’s match play championship and has finished in the top five in nine of his last 10 tournament, with the 10th tournament being an 11th-place finish. McIlroy did struggle in this event last year, placing 70th.

Westwood is third in the world rankings and he has been on a nice run as of last as well. He has finished in the top 20 in seven of his last eight and in the top five in four of his last seven.  Westwood finished 29th in this event last year.

Woods is 21st in the world rankings. He has shown improvement from a poor 2011, by placing in the top 15 in four of his last five events. Woods has not competed in this even in recent years.

The Honda Classic takes place from Thursday, March 1 to Sunday, March 4 from The Champion Course at PGA Nation Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For complete odds for each golfer to win the PGA Honda Classic, see below.

2012 PGA Honda Classic Odds to Win

Rory Mcilroy 8/1
Lee Westwood 9/1
Tiger Woods 10/1
Charl Schwartzel 25/1
Keegan Bradley 28/1
Kyle Stanley 30/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Ben Crane 33/1
Jim Furyk 35/1
Robert Allenby 40/1
Graeme McDowell 40/1
Mark Wilson 40/1
YE Yang 45/1
Fredrik Jacobson 45/1
Charles Howell III 45/1
Padraig Harrington 45/1
Spencer Levin 50/1
Retief Goosen 50/1
Rickie Fowler 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 50/1
John Rollins 55/1
Jimmy Walker 60/1
Sean OHair 60/1
Ian Poulter 66/1
Ryan Moore 66/1
Robert Karlsson 66/1
Ernie Els 66/1
Bud Cauley 66/1
Carl Pettersson 66/1
Ryan Palmer 66/1
Sang-Moon Bae 66/1
Brendon De Jonge 66/1
Thomas Bjorn 70/1
JB Holmes 70/1
Ricky Barnes 75/1
Kevin Streelman 80/1
Vijay Singh 80/1
Johnson Wagner 80/1
Camilo Villegas 80/1
Rory Sabbatini 80/1
Charlie Wi 80/1
Marc Leishman 80/1
Brian Gay 90/1
Jeff Overton 100/1
Chad Campbell 100/1
Scott Piercy 110/1
Cameron Tringale 110/1
Trevor Immelman 110/1
Chris Stroud 110/1
Seung-Yul Noh 110/1
DA Points 110/1
Henrik Stenson 125/1
Brian Davis 125/1
Michael Thompson 125/1
Chris Kirk 125/1
DJ Trahan 125/1
Jerry Kelly 125/1
Davis Love III 125/1
Robert Garrigus 125/1
Greg Chalmers 125/1
Stewart Cink 125/1
Stephen Ames 125/1
Anthony Kim 135/1
Rod Pampling 135/1
Heath Slocum 150/1
George Mcneill 150/1
David Hearn 150/1
Chris Couch 150/1
Briny Baird 150/1
Brendan Steele 150/1
Brandt Jobe 150/1
Bob Estes 150/1
Nick Ohern 150/1
Andres Romero 150/1
Kevin Stadler 150/1
Justin Leonard 150/1
Jason Kokrak 150/1
Jarrod Lyle 150/1
JJ Henry 150/1
Kyung Tae Kim 175/1
Jhonattan Vegas 175/1
Billy Mayfair 175/1
Alex Cejka 175/1
Kevin Chappell 175/1
Kris Blanks 175/1
Hunter Haas 175/1
Brian Harman 175/1
Michael Bradley 200/1
Blake Adams 200/1
Chris DiMarco 200/1
Tim Herron 200/1
Gary Christian 200/1
John Merrick 200/1
Kenny Perry 200/1
Vaughn Taylor 200/1
Danny Lee 225/1
Tommy Gainey 225/1
Brendon Todd 225/1
Ken Duke 225/1
Bobby Gates 250/1
Boo Weekley 250/1
Jose Maria Olazabal 250/1
Miguel Angel Carballo 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
Jason Bohn 250/1
Graham Delaet 250/1
JJ Killeen 250/1
Darren Clarke 250/1
Mark Calcavecchia 250/1
Joe Ogilvie 250/1
Stuart Appleby 250/1
Sunghoon Kang 250/1
Jeff Maggert 250/1
Mathew Goggin 250/1
Matt Bettencourt 250/1
Cameron Beckman 275/1
Jonas Blixt 275/1
Tom Pernice Jr 300/1
Tom Gillis 300/1
Chad Collins 300/1
Arjun Atwal 300/1
Marco Dawson 300/1
Troy Kelly 300/1
Fred Funk 350/1
Jamie Lovemark 350/1
Billy Hurley III 350/1
Ted Potter Jr 350/1
David Mathis 400/1
Rocco Mediate 400/1
Derek Lamely 400/1
Troy Matteson 400/1
Mike Weir 400/1
Hank Kuehne 500/1
David Duval 500/1
Alan Morin 750/1
Jesper Parnevik 750/1
Scott Brown 750/1
Stephen Gangluff 750/1

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Re: 2012 PGA Honda Classic Odds To Win: Rory McIlroy Favored

Honda Classic: PGA Betting Preview and Picks
By Matt Fargo
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The PGA Tour ended its West Coast swing last week with Hunter Mahan capturing the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship over Rory McIlroy.

The best golfers in the world now head east for the Florida swing, as it's time to start gearing up for The Masters, which is just five weeks away.

This week's event is the Honda Classic from the Champion Course at PGA National. The course is a Jack Nicklaus re-design and this will mark the sixth year it has hosted the event.
Tigers Woods is a co-favorite, priced at +800 for the Honda Classic.
For the last two years, it has been ranked as the hardest par-70 course of the non-major layouts, with players averaging 2.54 shots over par last year.

National is known for the "Bear Trap" which consists of holes No. 15, 16 and 17 and is one of the toughest three-hole stretches on tour. The first and last of that trio are Par 3’s, ranked among the toughest on the PGA Tour.

The field is not as strong as in recent years but there are three big names playing this week that draw a lot of betting interest. Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood - second and third in the world respectively - both had opportunities to take over the top ranking in the world with a win last week but came up just short in Arizona. While they're the lone Top-10 players teeing it up, the real big name is Tiger Woods, who is making his first ever start at the Honda Classic.

Both Woods and McIlroy share the favorite role this week (+800). As good as McIlroy has played over the last few months, going back to last year, there’s not a lot of value with him, as the grind of the Accenture could pose a letdown issue. As for Woods, this is not an ideal course to be making a debut on and he’s still overvalued after not having done much the last few years.

Lee Westwood (+1,000) is coming off his best showing at the Accenture despite losing his final two matches. His loss to Wilson can be attributed to a letdown because of his earlier loss to McIlroy. He has played the Honda Classic twice and has done well both times, highlighted by his T9 two years ago.

Mark Wilson (+3,000) is extremely undervalued for some reason. He has a win in his pocket already this year and is coming off an impressive third-place showing last week. He is a five-time winner on tour with his inaugural victory coming right here in Palm Beach Gardens back in 2007 in a playoff.

Charl Schwartzel (+2,500) is one of the four reigning majors champions in the field and comes in with course knowledge after his T14 in his only start at National last year. He has finished in the Top 20 in nine of his last 10 starts following a disappointing second-round exit last week.

Charles Howell (+4,000) was not in the field at the Accenture but did play at the Mayakoba, where he finished T16. He has missed only one cut this season, with his best finish being a T2 at his 2012 debut at the Sony. He finished T10 at the Honda last year after his T29 finish in 2009.

For a long shot we will go with Spencer Levin (+5,000). He is coming off another solid start in Mayakoba last week, with a solid weekend propelling him to a T34. He has held it together quite well after his Sunday collapse in Phoenix and he played well at PGA National last year, with a T14 after a solid 68 on Sunday.

Recommended tournament win five pack at the Honda Classic (all for one unit)

Lee Westwood (+1,000)
Mark Wilson (+3,000)
Charl Schwartzel (+2,500)
Charles Howell (+4,000)
Spencer Levin (+5,000)

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