Honda Classic: PGA Golf Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 2/22/18
The 2018 Honda Classic
Honda Classic: Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm (PGA National Golf Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: GOLF, CBS
We finally leave the West Coast and take a trip down to Florida for the 2018 Honda Classic. An event that debuted in 1972, this course is a little over 7,100 yards and has been decided by two or less strokes in 10 of the last 12 years. Only four golfers have won this event more than once. Last week, we hit with Bubba Watson at +4500 odds, so let’s try to keep things going and put a little streak together.
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
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Sergio Garcia - Sergio Garcia will play a PGA event for the first time in a while, but he did have a top-five finish at the Andalucian Valderrama Masters, a top-20 finish at the Hong Kong Open and won the SMBC Singapore Open last month. Garcia is in good form right now, and he has history at the Honda Classic, finishing 14th or better in four of his last six appearances. Garcia was also a runner-up in the Honda Classic in 2016, losing to Adam Scott by one stroke. I’ll take a stab with the Spaniard and +1800 odds.
Rickie Fowler - Again, I usually go for longer shots in these type of articles, but it’s hard not to include Rickie Fowler with +800 odds. Fowler won the Hero World Challenge, had a top-five finish at the Tournament of Champions and is fresh off a top-15 finish at the Waste Management Open. Fowler is also ninth in birdie average and third in scoring average. Fowler is also the defending champ in the Honda Classic and has finished seventh or better in three of his last six appearances overall. Fowler may be the overall favorite, but there’s still value to make eight time your money.
Russell Knox - Russell Knox has made the cut in eight of his last nine events and is fresh off a top-15 finish at Pebble Beach. Knox has two top-10 finishes this season and is ninth in greens in regulation percentage. If that’s not decent enough form, Knox did finish third in the 2015 Honda Classic and runner-up in the 2014 Honda Classic. Knox has just two career PGA victories, but there’s enough here to consider him with +5000 odds.
Dylan Frittelli - If you’re looking for a real dark horse this week, you can try your hand with Dylan Frittelli at +6000 odds. Frittelli doesn’t have history at the Honda Classic, but he’s been tearing it up recently, finishing fifth in the Maybank Championship, sixth in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and a top-20 finish in Dubai. Frittelli is a 27-year-old, who has yet to win on the PGA level, but you can’t doubt his current form and his consistency to stay in the thick of the field. I’m taking my chances with the South African based on the value.
Scott Stallings - Another shot in the dark this week is Scott Stallings with +7000 odds. Few golfers are hitting the ball as well as Stallings, as he has a top-25 finish at the Waste Management Open, a seventh place finish at Pebble Beach and a fourth place finish at the Genesis Open. After missing the cut in back-to-back events to start the year, there’s no doubt Stallings is playing some of his best golf we’ve seen from him in quite some time. Stallings has a limited history at the Honda Classic, but he did produce a top-25 finish last year, so there’s some intrigue there as well, even if he hasn’t won a PGA event in four years.