Okay golf betting faithful…with the 2019 Honda Classic tournament getting underway on Thursday at 6:45 AM ET. ET, live from The PGA National Resort and Spa outside of West Palm Beach, Florida, you’re going to have a bunch of great chances to cash in with a potentially winning wager.
This year’s event, which rewards 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner, features 144 of the world’s best golfers all looking to find their way into the winner’s circle in an star-studded event whose purse totals a cool $6.8 million.
Defending champion, Justin Thomas has been listed as the prohibitive favorite at 5-1, with Rickie Fowler, the 2017 winner of this event, listed at 10-1. Three-time major winner Brooks Koepka is tied with Fowler at 10-1 odds with 2017 champ Adam Scott, a 16-1 pick.
With the weather forecast predicting midday showers on Thursday and Friday, let’s get down to the business of predicting the top seven players that look like they’re going to have the best chances of anyone to win this event.
2019 Honda Classic Odds, Predictions & Picks
- When: Thursday, Feb. 28 – Sunday, Mar. 3
- Where: PGA National — Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
- TV: Golf Channel
- Live Stream: Golf Channel Live
- 2018: Justin Thomas
- 2017: Rickie Fowler
- 2016: Adam Scott
- 2015: Padraig Harrington
- 2014: Russell Henley
- Justin Thomas 5-1
- Rickie Fowler 10-1
- Brooks Koepka 10-1
- Adam Scott 16-1
- Sergio Garcia 16-1
- Gary Woodland 18-1
- Webb Simpson 20-1
- Cameron Smith 20-1
- Daniel Berger 33-1
- Emiliano Grillo 33-1
- Luke List 33-1
- Byeong Hun An 40-1
- Russell Knox 40-1
- Alex Noren 40-1
- Scott Piercy 40-1
7 For the Win!
Here are my top seven picks to win the 2019 Honda Classic…in order!
Not only did Woodland finish T2 behind Rickie Fowler two years ago, but the still underrated golfer has been playing some outstanding golf for quite some time now as evidenced by his quartet of Top 20 finishes in his last four events, including a second place finish at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Woodland ranks a stellar third in birdies per round (5.14) and second in GIR (76.3%).
World No. 4 Brooks Koepka hasn’t finished inside the Top 25 in four Honda Classic appearances, but the 28-year-old hails from West Palm Beach and he’s just too talented to not challenge in what is essentially a home tourney for him. Koepka finished 27th at last week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.
The defending champ and current World No. 3 has recorded an impressive four Top 10 finishes in five starts this calendar year, including a second place finish in the Genesis Open and a course-record 62 at the WGC-Mexico Championship last weekend. Thomas is on fire right now – and that means he’s going to have a great chance to go back-to-back in this one!
Fowler has a pair of Top 5 finishes in five events this calendar year, including a win at the Waste Management Open to start the month of February. While Fowler finished 36t at last weekend’s WGC-Mexico Championship he did manage to win this event in 2017 Fowler is fifth in average birdies per round (5.0) and that stat means he’s going to challenge for the win!
Adam Scott hasn’t won an event since 2016, but the 2013 Masters winner is playing well right now, having recorded a pair of Top 10 finishes in his last three events including a second place finish at the Farmers at the end of January and a seventh place finish at the Genesis Open two weeks ago. Scott ranks a solid 43rd in birdies per round (4.33) and an even more impressive 20th in greens hit in regulation.
Sure, the 39-year-old has never come close to challenging Tiger Woods on a regular basis like many though he would when he made his PGA Tour debut way back in 1999, but right now, the 2017 Masters winner is playing solid golf and looking like a good pick heading into this event after finishing T37 at the Genesis Open and an encouraging T6 at the WGC-Mexico Championship last weekend. Garcia also knows this course, having finished second here to Adam Scott in 2016.
Horschel hasn’t missed a cut since the RBC Canadian Open in July and he’s produced five Top-25 finishes in his last seven events, not to mention a pair of Top 10 finishes here in the last three years. Horschel finished 45th in last weekend’s WGC-Mexico Championship and 39th at the Waste Management Open prior to that, but he also finished 25th or better in each of his previous three events. Horschel looks like a good value pick for the upset here.