The Honda Classic 2016 Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Branden Grace (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfred
David Lingmerth (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Bet365
Jimmy Walker (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. The tournament has been staged here since 2007 and winners at this venue include Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy and last year’s winner Padraig Harrington, whose six-under total underlines the fact that this is a tough test.

Favourites

After missing the cut at the Northern Trust Open, Jordan Spieth takes a rest this week leaving Rory McIlroy clear at the top of the betting at best odds of 13/2 with Stan James. Rickie Fowler is a 12/1 shot, while Adam Scott, runner-up to Bubba Watson at Pacific Palisades on Sunday, is at 20/1 alongside Hideki Matsuyama. Patrick Reed and Phil Mickelson are also among the main challengers at 22/1.

Tips

Branden GraceBRANDEN GRACE has played this event only once before, when he finished a lowly 71st in 2013, but he brings such good form to Florida this week that he deserves consideration at odds of 33/1 with Betfred. The South African won the Qatar Masters at the end of January on the back of five successive top 10 finishes and seven in his previous nine events and the World No. 10 should relish the difficult examination posed by this course.

David LingmerthDAVID LINGMERTH was the runner-up at the CareerBuilder Challenge a month ago and he has placed eighth and 25th in the last two editions of this tournament at Palm Beach. A poor second round of 75 cost him his chance of making a bigger impact last year, but seven of his last eight rounds here have been very positive and Bet365’s 80/1 looks a great each-way choice – certainly compared to the 66/1 available elsewhere.

Jimmy WalkerBefore missing the cut at the Northern Trust Open, JIMMY WALKER‘s game had been getting back towards the level that brought him two victories in both 2014 and 2015. Hopefully that will prove to be just a blip as it followed results of 13-4-11 at this three previous events. He hasn’t played here for the last three years, which makes it difficult to assess his record at this venue, yet he looks great each-way value at 50/1 with Betfred.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Branden Grace (ew)Tournament Winner33/1Betfred
David Lingmerth (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Bet365
Jimmy Walker (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Betfred