After back-to-back tournaments with $20 million purses, the PGA Tour quiets down a bit this week with The Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. There’s only $8.4 million up for grabs this weekend, and, as a result, fewer top-ranked players have committed to the tournament. Still, it’s a decent field for a mid-February event.
There’s no Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Scottie Scheffler, or even Justin Thomas. In fact, none of the world’s top-10 golfers are in Florida this weekend. This presents an opportunity for otherwise talented players – Sungjae Im, Shane Lowry, Aaron Wise, and Cameron Davis – to win their first event of the season. Check out MyBookie’s Golf betting odds for this Tournament.
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When: February 20th to 26th
TV: NBC, Golf Channel
Can Sungjae Im Win Again?
Sungjae Im is the betting favorite at +900 this weekend, and for good reason. The Korean golfer won the Honda Classic in 2020 with a 6-under par, one stroke ahead of Canadian Mackenzie Hughes. Im shot a fourth-round score of 66 to win the tournament in 2020.
Im is easily the player with the biggest profile in the tournament this year. He’s 18th in the Official World Golf Rankings and is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. He’s made eight of nine cuts this season and has five top-25 finishes.
Im finished T56th at The Genesis Invitational last weekend, but was T6th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open the week prior. He’s one of a handful of players playing in their third tournament in three weeks, so fatigue could be an issue – you’re better off fading Im this weekend.
Why You Should Bet on Matt Kuchar
At +2500, Matt Kuchar is tied for the third-shortest odds to win the Honda. That means a successful $100 bet would return $2,500, which is much more than what a typical bet on the golfer with the third-shortest odds would pay out. That isn’t the only reason to wager on the 44-year-old American.
Kuchar is coming off of an eighth-place finish at the Genesis last weekend with a final score of 10-under par, including a 67 in his final round, meaning he’ll come into this weekend with plenty of confidence. He’s also one of the more experienced players this weekend.
If you’re looking for good value further down the list of favorites, consider placing a small bet on Sepp Straka (+5500). The Austrian hasn’t had the greatest start to the year, but he’s actually the defending champion. Straka shot 10-under par last year, defeating Shane Lowry by one stroke.
Straka shot 71-64-69-66 in last year’s event, so he is clearly comfortable playing at the PGA National Resort. After missing the cut in three consecutive events this year, Straka has finished top-10 in two of his last four starts.
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