The PGA Tour leaves California and heads to Florida this week where the PGA National course hosts the Honda Classic.
The traditionally tough-scoring tournament is set to be played in windy conditions and the winning score is predicted to be around 5-under par.
If you’re one of those punters who likes to bet in-running, the back-nine is notoriously harder than the front-nine, especially holes 15, 16 and 17 (known collectively as the Bear Trap) though the 18th is a genuine birdie chance.
Rory McIlroy appears for the first time after winning in Dubai a few weeks ago and has already won here as well as finishing runner-up last year. Lots of punters will be steaming into him each-way at 4/1 – but I never like backing him in the wind.
Read all our golf betting tips and analysis below:
One player who loves battling it out in tough conditions is Justine Rose, and he loves nothing more than a proper scrap. He’s also finished 3/5/4 in his last three tournament appearances. His recent form of 6/12/13/MC isn’t too bad either and, after missing the California swing, he should be fresh and primed for this.
Luke Donald 1.5 points top-10 @ 7/1 (various)
Donald hasn’t been in great form of late but his coach has been posting how well the Englishman is swinging it of late, and a return to a course he traditionally plays well could spark an upturn in form. 2/10/8 on his last three tournament appearances suggests he’s over-priced.
The Swede’s last 6 appearances here have resulted in finishes of 6/6/29/16/25/12 and a recent 7th placed finish suggests he could put in a big performance at a place he plays well at.
Chris Stroud 1 point top-10 @ 12/1 (Various)
His last three appearances here have seen him finish 9/13/12 and his recent form of 45/30 suggests a decent performance.
Camillo Villegas 1 point top-10 @ 14/1
The Colombian has won and finished runner-up here in the last 8 years. He’s also missed four cuts, however he’s been showing some good recent form of late in finishing 27th and 30th on his last two starts – and looks a top-10 waiting to happen.
Lucas Glover 1 point top-20 @ 9/1 (Betfred)
The one-time US Open winner never looks in love with the game anymore and scowled his way round Torrey Pines recently. However, he could jump back to form here where he finished 4th in 2013.
Chesson Hadley 1 point top-20 @ 11/1 (Betfred)
Some of you might think I’m mad for including this young man after he double-bogeyed the last two weeks ago (costing me plenty) but he finished 24th here last year on his debut appearance, and four places better would see him in the money at a generous looking price.
Story Of Last Week
3.5 points profit from a 10 point stake should be sniffed at – but come on Golfing Gods – the 72nd hole is killing us. Yes, once again last week, hopeful big profits were dashed as first JB Holmes crashed out of the places with a dismal last round, and Sang Moon Bae, who just needed a par on the last to land our each-way money, bogeyed it to slip into a four-way tie for 8th place☹.