PGA Tee To Green
The Honda Classic
By DfsDudes

The Honda Classic
February 27th – March 1st

Course

The Honda Classic is played at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. PGA National is a Par 71 track and plays at 7,310 yards. The course is made up of 11 par 4’s, 4 Par 3’s and 3 Par 5’s. The famed “Bear Trap” known as probably one of the more nerve wrecking three hole stretches in golf, is made up of holes 15, 16 and 17. The 15th begins the Bear Trap, a 160 yard Par 3 over water. The 16th is a 443 yard Par 4 dogleg right, the toughest par 4 on the course. The 17th, once again, a 156 yard Par 3, over water with the wind in your face, and a green sandwiched between water and a deep bunker behind it. Oh, yea, by the way, once you make it through the bear trap you arrive at the 18th tee, where you can reach this double dogleg in two.

Weather

Wednesday is supposed to bring warm weather and thunderstorms, this could soften the course up a bit and make for a very long and soft golf course on Thursday Morning. Tuesday the high is 84 degrees and so is Wednesday. After the thunderstorm’s Wednesday, the weather will still be nice for the weekend, but, much cooler. Mid 60’s to Low 70’s cap of the rest of the week. WIND… we are going to see some pretty windy conditions over the weekend, Thursday’s forecast calls for winds steady at 11mph climbing to 15mph on Friday and peaking at 18mph Saturday before calming back down to 15mph on Sunday for the final round.

Field and Cut

Missing this week is a majority of the Top 15 players in the world. The Cut this weekend is “The Top 65 and ties after the first two rounds”.

2. Brooks Koepka
11. Tommy Fleetwood
17. Louis Oosthuizen
18. Shane Lowry
19. Gary Woodland
26. Rickie Fowler
30. Lee Westwood
32. Sungjae Im
40. Billy Horschel
41. Matt Wallace
42. Sergio Garcia
50. Byeong Hun An

Recent Winners

2019 Keith Mitchell
2018 Justin Thomas *Not in the field this week.
2017 Ricky Fowler
2016 Adam Scott *Not in the field this week
2015 Padraig Harrington

What The Oddsmakers Say

Tommmy Fleetwood +1200
Brooks Koepka +1200
Ricky Fowler +1400
Gary Woodland +2200
Justin Rose +2500
Louis Oosthuizen +2500
Billy Horschel +2500
Viktor Holland +2800
Sungjae Im + 3300
Daniel Berger +3300

*Patrick Reed was +3300, last weeks winner at the WGC Mexico Championship.

Key Stats To Consider

Ball Striking
Bogey Avoidance
Strokes Gained Putting – Patrick Reed picked up almost 12 strokes on the field putting last week.
Strokes gained Approach – There are some difficult shots into greens that are awkward and sandwiched between trouble.
Greens In Regulation

The Bottom Line

My gut feeling here it that weather is going to play a key role in deciding this week’s winner. Yes, its Florida, the weather will be nice, but, the winds will be a-blowing. There is potential for thunderstorms on Wednesday that will soften this course up and make it longer and slower also. Im looking For Ball Strikers who can control ball flight, hit fairways and greens and make up strokes on the field on the green. Gary Woodland is 2nd in Ball striking. Harris English leads the field in Bogey Avoidance. Louis Oosthuizen leads the field in Strokes gained putting. Jim Fuyrk is 8th on tour in Shots gained on approach, but that is good enough to be the best in the field in this category this week. Fuyrk is number one on tour in greens in regulation at 78.76% and leads the field this week in GIR, and Shots gained on approach.

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