Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:20 AM (Champions Course)
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This week, the PGA Tour presents the golf betting community with the 2021 Honda Classic!
Before I discuss my favorite golf bets for this week’s PGA Tour event let’s take a look at the golf course the field will play and a few key facts that I think are relevant to those placing wagers on the Honda Classic this week.
The 2021 Honda Classic will be played on the Champions Course at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Champions Course is a par 70 that measures 7,125 yards. This golf course features an abundance of water hazards. It should be noted that the water hazards I just mentioned are in play on 15 of the 18 holes. This track also has 67 sand traps that are strategically placed throughout the golf course.
The Champions Course was initially designed by Tom and George Fazio in 1981. However, Jack Nicklaus re-designed the Champions Course in 1990.
The cumulative stretch of holes 15-17 is known as the “Bear Trap” due to the extreme difficulty of that portion of the Champions Course.
Now it is time to turn our attention to my favorite golf bets for the 2021 Honda Classic!
Here is a golfer to consider placing on your card to finish in the top five.
Lee Westwood +600 - The 47 year old Englishman has quite simply been playing some outstanding golf over the last month. Let me be more specific. Westwood has two consecutive second place finishes on the PGA Tour, including a second place result at the Players Championship last week.
In relation to this week’s current listed 2021 Honda Classic field, in the last eight rounds played on the PGA Tour, Westwood ranks ninth in scrambling, first in strokes gained tee to green, first in strokes gained approach, and first in bogey avoidance. It should also be noted that Westwood finished fourth at the 2020 Honda Classic.
Here is a golfer to consider placing on your card to finish in the top ten.
Brendan Steele +550 - If you are looking for a golfer that fits the narrative of a course horse look no further because you have found your man. That man's name is Brendan Steele. Steele has played the Honda Classic five times since 2015. In those five events played, Steele has four top 14 finishes, including a fourth place finish in 2020.
Steele also arrives at this week's tournament in relatively decent form. Steele has four top 30 finishes in his last seven events on the PGA Tour, including a fourth place finish at the Sony Open.