Honda Classic Odds – Outright Winner Betting
Honda Classic Golf Betting 2017; best odds bold; Each-Way Place Terms: 1/3 odds 1,2.
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Honda Classic Preview, Best Odds Guide & Betting Tips
Having landed the last two winners on the PGA Tour, I’m staying west of the Pond this week despite a slightly weaker field having assembled for the Honda Classic, starting on Thursday, writes Matt.
Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson have given us nice profits over the last two weeks and while neither man will tee up in Florida, it’s an interesting field and looking at the Honda Classic odds it has some potentially lucrative options. So read on for our Honda Classic preview with odds guide and betting tips for this golf tournament.
How The Main Fancies Stack Up
Last year’s winner and runner up feature highly in the betting this week with reigning champion Adam Scott (pictured) installed as the early market leader at an industry best price of 12/1 with Bet365 and Paddy Power.
Scott is up against it in many ways: only the great Jack Nicklaus has recorded back to back wins in this event – in 1977 and 1978. Records can be matched or broken but form is a more telling stat: Scott has six consecutive top 15s including an 11th placed finish last week but I’m unclear as to why he is six points clear of the second favourites.
Three men are currently locked on 18/1, the first of which is Sergio Garcia, winner of the Dubai Desert Classic earlier this month. Sergio looks relaxed and happy and has three top 15s here including a second place last year but it is that recent win that makes him a better option in the outrights at 18/1 with Bet365 and Betfred.
Also on offer at that 18/1 top price, this time with Paddy Power and Ladbrokes, is Justin Thomas who is well placed behind leader Hideki Matsuyama in the FedEx Standings. Dangerous but a little inconsistent, he was tied for 3rd here last year and will attract interest at that figure, as will Rickie Fowler, who completes the list of joint third favourites at 18/1 with Bet365 and William Hill.
Just behind The Favourites
The chasing pack could almost be listed as outsiders with a gap now to Louis Oosthuizen, who is listed at 33/1 in the Honda Classic outright winner betting odds with Betfred. Russell Knox, who tied for second in this tournament in 2014, is up into third place in the Power Rankings and therefore a better option at that same 33/1 price with Paddy Power.
Elsewhere, there will be interest in Thomas Pieters at 40/1 with Bet365 and Coral following his tie for second at the Genesis Open while I’ll always look to consider the consistent Tyrell Hatton at those same odds of 40/1 with Betfred. It’s Hatton’s debut here however, so I will pass this week.
Outsiders With A Chance
While Jimmy Walker is as low as 33/1 in some places, the reigning PGA Champion looks to be offering serious value at an industry best of 60/1 with Betfred in the Honda Classic odds. The issue with Jimmy is that he has no form at all in this event with a best of 38th from six attempts but he has been in contention at times and we know he can be dangerous.
Walker at 60/1 for the title may be a little ambitious but he is the first of this week’s top ten picks at an excellent 6/1 with Stan James. Elsewhere, there are some seriously good prices in that top ten market with 2010 Honda Classic Champion Camilo Villegas at 14/1 with Stan James.
Coming back to the outrights and one standout name here is that of Branden Grace. He features in the power rankings thanks to an impressive record on short courses such as this, yet Grace is out with the outside picks at a best of 50/1 with Betfred.
Honda Classic Course and Betting Trends
The PGA National Golf Club at Palm Beach Florida is a par 70 at just a shade over 7,158 yards and previous wins have favoured those who consistently hit GIR. It is exposed and wind can play a huge part here so it’s all about accuracy and putting success over the big hitters.
Adam Scott ticks all the boxes in this respect but last year’s victory leaves him too short for me at that 12/1 price. With big names such as Spieth, Matsuyama and Dustin Johnson absent, it’s a tournament where I’m not keen on the outrights but if pushed I’ll tip Garcia for the win at 18/1 with Bet365.
Mainly I’ll be staking in the top ten market with Jimmy Walker the top tip at 6/1 with Stan James, plus Branden Grace at 9/2 with Stan James, Russell Knox at 7/2 with Stan James and you may also want to throw in Danny Willett who is agonisingly close to his Masters winning form, at 11/2 with Stan James again.