Honda Classic 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Luke Donald (ew)Tournament Winner70/1Bet365, Betfred
Russell Knox (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfair
Thomas Pieters (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred

Venue

The PGA Tour crosses from west coast to east this week for the beginning of the month-long Florida swing, which starts with the Honda Classic at the PGA National, Palm Beach. The Champion Course is renowned for the tough stretch from the 15th to the 17th holes known as the Bear Trap, named after its designer Jack Nicklaus. There are stretches of water surrounding most holes, with greens well protected by large bunkers. The tournament has been staged here since 2007 and winners at this venue include Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and last year’s winner Adam Scott.

Favourites

Defending champion Scott is the clear market leader for this event at 12/1 pretty much across the board – the Australian shared 11th place at the Genesis Open in Los Angeles at the weekend. Justin Thomas, who has already won three times this season, and the Dubai Desert Classic winner Sergio Garcia, are both available at 18/1 alongside Rickie Fowler. Louis Oosthuizen showed up well in Perth last week and is a 33/1 chance, as is Scotland’s Russell Knox.

Tips

Luke_DonaldLUKE DONALD has enjoyed happier times in his career, but he’s played well over the last couple of weeks and has an excellent record at this tournament. The Englishman has finished inside the top 25 in each of his last two outings in California, while his five top 10 finishes in his last six appearances here at the Honda Classic include a victory in 2006. He’s a tempting each-way price at best odds of 70/1 with Bet365 or Betfred (just 55/1 in places).

Russell-KnoxRUSSELL KNOX missed the cut on his last outing in Phoenix, but that was the only black mark to date on what has been a bright start to the season, which began with three successive top 10s and then a share of 11th place at the Sony Open in January. The Scot is in 16th position in the FedEx Cup standings and is looking to build on a strong record at this tournament, having finished 2-3-26 on this three previous appearances here. Betfair are offering 33/1.

Thomas-PietersIt was clear at the Ryder Cup that there are big things to come from THOMAS PIETERS in the future – and probably the near future too. The young Belgian, who forced his way into the European team with a string of fine performances last summer, has played twice on the PGA Tour this season, finishing 14th at the HSBC Champions event in October and then second behind Dustin Johnson in Los Angeles on Sunday. Betfred offer 50/1.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Luke Donald (ew)Tournament Winner70/1Bet365, Betfred
Russell Knox (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfair
Thomas Pieters (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred