2017 Honda Classic Predictions
The PGA tour has concluded its West Coast swing as golfers head East for the 2017 Honda Classic. The shift in time zones brings new challenges to golfers playing in back to back tournaments; it also allows fans to see some new international faces within the field. The Honda Classic was added to the tour in 1972 and has been a staple ever since.
Before going in depth with this week’s Honda Classic Predictions, let’s take a quick look at last weeks results from the 2017 Genesis Open.
The golf world has a new No.1 in the rankings as Dustin Johnson dominated the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club. The whole weekend has been one to celebrate for the Johnson family while picking up a victory, it was also announced that baby number 2 is on the way (but back to golf.)
Heading into the final day at the Genesis Open Johnson held a commanding lead and would win by four strokes with a 17 under par. The win puts Dustin in an elite club of golfers that have won at least once in 10 consecutive seasons.
With the win, Johnson climbs to the No.1 position in the World Golf Rankings for the first time in his career. There was a two-way tie for runners up between Thomas Pieters and Scott Brown both finishing with 12 under par.
Now let’s move on and take a look at what’s in store for the 2017 Honda Classic.
Honda Classic Course Strategy and Field
The Honda Classic is gearing up to be another exciting PGA Tour event with a highly competitive field. Golf fans will get a chance to see 12 of the top 25 player’s in the world compete at PGA National Resort & Spa. The week also draws a bit of extra attention as it marks the start of the “Road to the Masters.”
When looking at the field the first name that pops out is last year’s winner Adam Scott who will defend his title this weekend. Looking to also get after it this week are top golfers Thomas, Garcia, Willett, Fowler, Casey, Grace, Knox, Hatton, Koepka, Walker and Oosthuizen. As the tournament shifts to the East the popularity of international golfers for the weekend increases, in fact, seven of the last ten winners are all international players.
The field of 144 players will take on the 2017 Honda Classic looking to make the top 70 cut after 36 holes. The course is a PGA favorite as the PGA National stretches 7,158 yards playing as a par 70. The PGA National draws attention to the “Bear Trap” where anything can happen on holes 15, 16, and 17. The Bear Trap is rated as the third toughest three-hole stretch on tour created as a tribute to golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
The tournament strategy focuses on elite ball strikers that can navigate their way around numerous water hazards and sand bunkers while getting bombarded with harsh weather conditions. Also will be looking for the golfers that have had a hot putter, who can generate birdies on the Par 4s. Lastly, checking out some tournament history and which golfers have had success playing thru the “Bear Trap.”
Let’s take a look at the 4 golfers we picked to win the 2017 Honda Classic Predictions
4 Golfers to Win the 2017 Honda Classic Predictions
** The golfers below are all 1 unit plays to win the tournament outright, in order of best odds.
Daniel Berger (+2500): Like Donald, Berger also is from the area but failed to make the cut last year. Previous to that Berger lost this tournament in a playoff back in 2015. Berger comes into the week with a couple of weeks of rest since placing 7th in the Phoenix. He ranks 34th in the world and has gone thru the ups and downs of the Honda Classic placing him as one of the favorites this week.
Ty Hatton (+4000): This will be the first time playing at PGA National so anything can happen when Hatton hits the “Bear Trap”. The guy is an upcoming star who you want to continue to jump on while he flies under the radar. Hatton has eight consecutive Top-25 finishes since October, with two top 10’s at the last two majors.
Luke Donald (+6600): Luke Donald is one of the best putters in the field this week rankings 6th, while also sitting in 5th for his bunker play. He grew up in the area and has never missed a cut in his six times playing at PGA National. Before last year Donald had four straight top 10s at this even while winning it in 2006. He’s been swinging the club nicely as he looks to win one in front of his hometown.
Brian Harman (+10000): The longshot for the week has made seven cuts in his last 10 events, but had an awful showing last week at the Genesis Open. Aside from last week he’s been in the top 25 in his last 4 events and has incredible odds for taking a chance. Harman does, in fact, have the course record shooting a 61 back in 2012 backing up our long shot even more!
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