The 2015 Honda Classic will take place this week, and it’s yet another chance for us to fatten our pockets. With a loaded field, let’s take a look at some of the players you should consider on this week’s card.
Rory McIlroy - Usually I only consider long shots or dark horses on these type of articles, but I’m not sure how you can’t throw something on Rory McIlroy with odds of +300. McIllroy not only won the Honda Classic back in 2012, but he also nearly won it last year before falling in a playoff to Russell Henley. Rory McIlroy is easily the best golfer in the world at the moment and is always the guy to beat when he’s participating. Given that McIllroy likely has revenge on his mind and hopes to redeem himself, you could do a lot worse than these odds with the best golfer on the planet on a course that he’s had great success.
Justin Rose - Speaking of guys who have had great success in the Honda Classic, how about Justin Rose? He’s finished in the Top five in his last three appearances on this course, which doesn’t include last season due to withdrawing with an injury. You can get Rose of odds of up to +2000, which is insane for a guy who has been a bounce or two away from winning this tournament a couple of times. Justin Rose had a tough outing at the Farmers Insurance Open but has won at least one PGA event in each of the last five years. Given his history in Palm Beach Gardens, there’s a decent chance he gets his first victory of 2015.
Russell Henley - How about last year’s winner in Russell Henley? Henley won the Honda Classic last season by getting the best of McIlroy in a head-to-head, which has to count for something. Jack Nicklaus is the only player to win this event in back-to-back seasons, and that took place in the 70s. However, Henley has gotten off to a decent start this season with solid finishes in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and Sony Open in Hawaii and could build off those performances. Also, Henley has been a hit or miss throughout his young career and common sense would tell you he should be a hit where he’s already won. I’ll throw Henley a bone with odds of +5000.
Brooks Koepka - Brooks Koepka is fresh off his first PGA title with a victory in the Phoenix Open and will now play on a course that’s just a ways from where he grew up. Koepka has been killing it lately, and he has the second best drive of anybody on tour with a driving distance of more than 313 yards. If Koepka can keep it close down the stretch, he has the ability to make this quite interesting with his ability to hit the ball. Make sure you include Brooks Koepka on your card with odds of +2700.