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2017 Honda Classic Preview And Tips

Published on February 22, 2017 by Tim @ Betting Gods

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This week’s PGA Tour action is at the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach, Florida, and the 7,158-yards par-70 layout hosts the 2017 Honda Classic – the first-leg of the Florida Swing.

The change in locations means a change in Greens, and recent form may well go out of the window as Bermuda Green specialists come into their own around a course that is fraught with danger. Only 5-holes don’t feature water, and lots of strategically placed bunkers ready to cause chaos to those not in command of their golf-ball. There’s also the Bear Trap – which comprises the intimidating 15th, 16th and 17th holes, where the leaderboard can change dramatically come Sunday afternoon when the pressure is on.

It’s interesting that 13 of the last 23 renewals have been won by non-Americans, and the Non-American angle could be the way forward this week. I’m taking four experienced Europeans with great course form against the field.

Sergio Garcia 2 Points Each-Way @ 18/1 (Bet365, Betfred) ¼ odds 5 places

The Spaniard can be forgiven a rather lacklustre performance last-week, as he’s probably been partying after his win in Dubai two-weeks earlier. However, having blown-away the cobwebs, it’s not hard to see him going close here again like he did when second to Adam Scott last year.

Russell Knox 1 Point Each-Way @ 30/1 (Bet365) ¼ odds 5 places

The Scotsman might have missed the cut when last seen a few weeks ago, but he’d been playing steadily before that with finishes of 16/17/11. He’ll definitely have been practising hard for one of his favourite tournaments, having finished 2nd and 3rd here the last two years, and he often plays well at his favourite venues.

Luke Donald 1 Point Each-Way @ 66/1 (Stan James) ¼ odds 6 places

The Honda Classic is one of Luke Donald’s favourite tournaments, and you can see why with form of 1/46/2/10/8/7/61. He’s another who often repeats his form at his favourite venues and, after admitting he’s been working hard in a bid to get back into the winner’s enclosure, he looks overpriced having finished 23/17 on his last two starts at courses where his previous form was only average.

Graeme McDowell 2 Points Top-10 @ 13/2 (Betfred, Betvictor)

The Northern Irish former US Open winner has a game that’s made for the PGA National Course, and it’s no surprise that he’s posted 4 top-10s in his last 6 visits. He’s another player who’s desperate to get back into the world’s top-50 – and 13/2 for another top-10 finish looks worth taking.

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