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Honda Classic Betting News and Notes

Honda Classic Betting News and Notes

Tiger leads stacked field

Tournament: Honda Classic
Date: Feb. 27 - Mar. 2, 2014
Venue: PGA National Golf Club (Champion Course)
Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
2013 Winner: Michael Thompson

Thursday's Honda Classic is sandwiched between two WGC events and will be important to get players ready for next week at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. The tournament's importance is highlighted by the fact that the top-eight players on the Official World Golf Ranking are scheduled to play. This event moved to the Par-70 PGA National Golf Club back in 2007 and the average winning score has been 9-under par since then. Last year, Michael Thompson won his first and only PGA tournament at this course when he shot 9-under par and was one of only three players to shoot better than 3-under par over the four days.

Let’s take a look over some of the players in the field that could make a push at a victory this weekend.

Golfers to Watch

Tiger Woods (7/1):
Woods is certainly not the dominant player that he once was, but his five victories in just 16 tournaments last season show that he certainly still possesses the ability to be the best on any given weekend. He finished 37th last season in this event, but was the runner-up to Rory McIlroy in 2012 when he shot a final-round 62 to finish 10-under par. He was also the runner-up to Zach Johnson in the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge in December, and his desire to be the best could put him over the top this week.

Graeme McDowell (20/1): McDowell looked great in match play this past week as he made it to the round of eight, defeating Gary Woodland, Hideki Matsuyama and Hunter Mahan in the process. He has also placed in the top-7 in each of the three tournaments he has played this season. This could be a great opportunity for McDowell to earn his third career PGA Tour victory.

Hideki Matsuyama (35/1): The 21-year old phenom from Japan has already won five tournaments in his home country and has a top-5 finish on the PGA Tour this season after placing fourth in Phoenix Open. He has used his solid putting (1.73 putts per hole, 24th on tour) and driving distance (296.9 yards per, 34th on tour) to make the 11th most birdies per round (4.17) and looks geared up to put his name amongst the best on tour.

Rickie Fowler (25/1): Fowler has adjusted his swing, and his excellent performance at Dove Mountain last week shows that he may be ready to compete at a high level once again. The 25-year-old beat some huge names (Ian Poulter, Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk) on his way to a third-place finish in match play, giving him momentum for this weekend. Fowler has excelled over the past two seasons at this tourney, placing 7th in 2012 and then coming in 13th place last year.

Patrick Reed (75/1): The 23-year-old Reed has already earned two victories since becoming a professional back in 2011 and has placed in the top-20 in each of his past four tournaments this season. This includes a victory at the Humana Challenge last month. Reed currently ranks in the top-30 on tour in many different areas; including birdies per round (4.20, 11th), greens hit in regulation (72.5%, 20th), putting per hole (1.730, 24th), total driving (41, 28th) and sand saves (56.3%, 30th). Reed's complete game could bring him his third career PGA Tour win in Palm Beach Gardens.

Betting Odds - Provided by

Tiger Woods 7/1
Rory McIlroy 15/2
Adam Scott 18/1
Graeme McDowell 20/1
Charl Schwartzel 20/1
Phil Mickelson 20/1
Sergio Garcia 22/1
Justin Rose 22/1
Zach Johnson 22/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Rickie Fowler 25/1
Keegan Bradley 29/1
Hideki Matsuyama 35/1
Lee Westwood 50/1
Billy Horschel 50/1
Luke Donald 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen 55/1
Charles Howell III 55/1
Will MacKenzie 65/1
Chris Kirk 65/1
Thorbjorn Olesen 70/1
Patrick Reed 75/1
Michael Thompson 85/1
Brooks Koepka 85/1
Nick Watney 85/1
Chris Stroud 85/1
Peter Uihlein 85/1
Matt Jones 95/1
Matt Every 95/1
Peter Hanson 100/1
Russell Henley 100/1
Paul Casey 100/1
Geoff Ogilvy 100/1
Luke Guthrie 110/1
Brian Harman 110/1
Ryan Palmer 120/1
Cameron Tringale 120/1
Martin Kaymer 120/1
Robert Garrigus 130/1
Jamie Donaldson 130/1
Jason Kokrak 130/1
Matteo Manassero 130/1
Thomas Bjorn 130/1
Brian Stuard 140/1
Y.E. Yang 140/1
Boo Weekley 140/1
Jeff Overton 150/1
Freddie Jacobson 150/1
Camilo Villegas 150/1
Erik Compton 150/1
Brendon De Jonge 150/1
Ryo Ishikawa 160/1
Jerry Kelly 170/1
Stephen Gallacher 170/1
Tim Clark 170/1
Brendan Steele 180/1
David Lynn 180/1
Seung-Yul Noh 190/1
Retief Goosen 200/1
Rory Sabbatini 200/1
Roberto Castro 200/1
Brendon Todd 210/1
Charlie Beljan 210/1
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano 210/1
Scott Piercy 210/1
Ben Crane 220/1
Lucas Glover 220/1
Russell Knox 220/1
Charlie Wi 230/1
George McNeill 240/1
Morgan Hoffmann 240/1
Padraig Harrington 240/1
Andres Romero 250/1
James Driscoll 250/1
Spencer Levin 250/1
Stuart Appleby 250/1
Brian Davis 250/1
John Peterson 250/1
John Rollins 250/1
Carl Pettersson 250/1
Robert Allenby 250/1
John Merrick 250/1
Justin Hicks 250/1
Chesson Hadley 250/
1 David Lingmerth 250/1
Martin Flores 250/1
David Hearn 250/1
Scott Brown 250/1
Davis Love III 250/1
Jhonattan Vegas 250/1
J.J. Henry 250/1
Ted Potter Jr. 250/1
Josh Teater 250/1
Ken Duke 250/1
Scott Langley 250/1
Nicholas Thompson 250/1
Steven Bowditch 250/1
Kyle Stanley 250/1
Angel Cabrera 250/1
Daniel Summerhays 250/1
D.A. Points 250/1
Brian Gay 250/1
Stewart Cink 250/1
Jason Allred 250/1
John Senden 250/1
William McGirt 250/1
Bo Van Pelt 250/1
Greg Chalmers 250/1
Trevor Immelman 250/1
Jim Renner 250/1
Sean O'Hair 250/1
Tim Wilkinson 250/1
Vijay Singh 250/1
J.B. Holmes 250/1
Chad Collins 250/1

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Re: Honda Classic Betting News and Notes

Honda Classic Preview and Picks
By Matt Fargo

The PGA Tour ended its west coast swing last week with Jason Day capturing the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship over Victor Dubuisson. They head east for the Florida swing as it is time to start gearing up for the Masters which is coming up quick, just six weeks away. This week it is The Honda Classic from the Champion Course at PGA National which is a Jack Nicklaus re-design and this will mark the eighth year it has hosted the event.

Five years ago, PGA National ranked as the second hardest par-70 course on tour of the non-Major layouts as players averaged 1.4 shots over par. In 2010 and 2011, it was ranked as the hardest par-70 course on tour of the non-Major layouts as players averaged 2.54 shots over par. Two years ago, it was the second hardest of the par-70 non-Majors and last year it again ranked as the hardest par 70, averaging +1.32 shots over par. Don't expect things to get any easier this year.

This is true test of golf and a lot of the players who have won here have gone on to bigger and better things. Since 1990, five different winners of the tournament have gone on to later win a major championship in their careers and twice, the winner has gone on to win a major in the same year. Six years ago, it was Y.E. Yang who brought home the over $1 million prize and he went on to win the PGA Championship as he held off Tiger Woods in a classic duel on Sunday.

Even with the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship taking place last week, we have a very strong field in Palm Beach Gardens. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are back this year, the former being the champion two years ago and the latter making only his third ever start at the Honda Classic. Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson is making his first appearance here since 2002 while Zach Johnson is playing for the first time since 2008. All in all, a great lineup overall.

We are laying off the big guns McIlroy and Woods, both at +750, and taking Charl Schwartzel (+1,800) as our low favorite this week. He didn't make it far in the Accenture Match Play last week but that could be a good thing. He has fared very well here with a T9 in 2013, a T5 in 2012 and a T14 in 2011. Prior to the match play, he finished solo fifth at the Northern Trust so his game is on.

We used Graeme McDowell (+2,000) last week at the Accenture Match Play and while he didn't make it all the way for us, he made it to the quarterfinals. That came after a T7 at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am so he seems to be on top of his game after a lengthy layoff. Last year at the Honda Classic, he finished T9 which came after another T9 in 2012 and a T6 in 2011.

The biggest surprise last week was Rickie Fowler (+2,500) as he made it all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Jason Day. The reason is came as such a surprise was the fact he had missed his last three cuts but now it looks like his swing changes are taking effect. He finished T13 at the Honda Classic last year following a T7 in 2012 so he definitely likes it here.

We are getting some solid odds on Keegan Bradley (+2,900). He was ousted in the first round of the Accenture Match Play last week but the rest could do him good as it was his fifth start in six weeks. His best finish in 2014 is a T16 but he is hitting the ball well and this course fits him well. He finished T4 here last year, which came after a first round exit at the Accenture, and T12 in 2012.

For a longshot this week, we are going very deep with Brian Harman (+11,000). The lefty turned some heads with his T3 finish at Riviera two weeks ago after missing the cut in his previous two events. While he did miss the cut here last year, he finished T12 back in 2012 and that included a course record 61. He is 20th on tour in scoring average this year and he could be in line for a surprise first ever PGA win.

Recommended Tournament Win Five Pack at the Honda Classic - All for 1 Unit

Charl Schwartzel (+1,800)
Graeme McDowell (+2,000)
Rickie Fowler (+2,500)
Keegan Bradley (+2,900)
Brian Harman (+11,000)

2014 Record to date after 7 events: +20 Units

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