PGA Betting Preview: 2018 Honda Classic

PGA Betting Preview: 2018 Honda Classic

Written by on February 20, 2018

The PGA Tour gets its Florida swing started off on Thursday, February 22-25, when the 2018 Honda Classic gets underway live from PGA National – Champion, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The event got its start all the way back in 1972 when it was known as Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic. Since then, multiple sponsor’s and venues have taken part in the annual tourney before Honda took over in 1984. Let’s take a look at the latest PGA betting odds to win the 2018 Honda Classic.

PGA Betting Preview: 2018 Honda Classic

  • When: February 22-25, 2018
  • Where: PGA National – Champion, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • Format: 72 holes – Stroke Play
  • Purse: $6,600,000
  • Defending Champion: Rickie Fowler
  • TV Coverage: Golf Channel and CBS
  • Live Streaming: Watch CBS Sports

Last 10 Champions

  • 2017: Rickie Fowler
  • 2016: Adam Scott
  • 2015: Pádraig Harrington
  • 2014: Russell Henley
  • 2013: Michael Thompson
  • 2012: Rory McIlroy
  • 2011: Rory Sabbatini
  • 2010: Camilo Villegas
  • 2009: Yang Yong-Eun
  • 2008: Ernie Els

GOLF EUROPEAN TOUR ODDS TO WIN

PGA Betting Odds for the 2018 Honda Classic

  • Rickie Fowler 17/2
  • Justin Thomas 12/1
  • Rory McIlroy 12/1
  • Sergio Garcia 18/1
  • Tyrell Hatton 28/1
  • Gary Woodland 30/1
  • Tommy Fleetwood 30/1
  • Alex Noren 30/1
  • Brian Harman 40/1
  • Daniel Berger 50/1
  • Adam Scott 50/1
  • Tiger Woods 66/1

The Favorite

PGA National – Champion will again host the Honda Classic as it has every year since 2010. The layout is one of the more difficult courses to navigate on the PGA Tour and features the “Bear Trap” which consists of a pair of difficult par 3’s and one long par four with water surrounding all three holes. Make no mistake about it golf betting enthusiasts, the Honda Classic makes for some fun-filled drama pretty much, until the last putt is drained. Last year, American Rickie Fowler led from wire to wire to earn a four-stroke win over Morgan Hoffmann and Gary Woodland. Fowler is one to watch again this year as he excels playing on Bermuda and lives close to the course. Currently ranked seventh in the world, Fowler will take on a world-class field that includes Justin Thomas (No. 4), 2012 Honda champion Rory McIlroy (No. 8), reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia (No 11), Tommy Fleetwood (No. 12), Tyrell Hatton (No. 15), Alex Noren (No. 16), and Brian Harman (No. 20). “I didn’t play great,” Fowler said. “It wasn’t a pretty round. But we got the job done. A win is a win.” The Honda victory was Fowler’s fourth on the PGA Tour and sixth overall. “To do it on that golf course and in those conditions, being windy that day; yeah, I made a couple mistakes but was able to keep fighting through the round,” Fowler said. “It’s one of the toughest golf courses we play, especially in those conditions. “To hit the shots I needed to at the right time and give myself a cushion to play the last couple holes, it was special. To get the win, basically, at home, a place where I’ve lived for almost seven years now and to be able to celebrate with my friends on Sunday night, it was great.”

Top Contenders

Other notable players that are in this year’s field include 2016 Honda Classic champion Adam Scott, Daniel Berger, Louis Oosthuizen, Thomas Pieters, Webb Simpson, Jhonnattan Vegas, 2014 Honda champ Russell Henley, Jimmy Walker, Jason Dufner, 2015 Honda champion Padraig Harrington, Martin Kaymer, 2011 Honda champion Rory Sabbatini, 2013 Honda champion Michael Thompson, 2006 Honda champion Luke Donald, Retief Goosen, 1999 Honda champion Vijay Singh, Ian Poulter, Stewart Cink and 2010 Honda champion Camilo Villegas. Adam Scott comes in as one of the PGA Betting favorites for the 2018 Honda Classic. Fowler had a four-stroke lead slip to one in Sunday’s final round of the 2017 Honda before draining two huge birdie putts to regain control over Gary Woodland, the only player who seriously challenged him down the stretch. Fowler straight drained a huge, 40-foot birdie putt on No. 12 and then an equally impressive 25-footer for birdie on the 13th as his lead reached five shots at one point. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Johnny Miller, Hale Irwin, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy. The Honda Classic isn’t a major championship but the field features some of the most elite players in the world, including, in 2018, former World No. 1 Tiger Woods. Gary Woodland won the 2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open, held from Feb. 1- 4 while Fowler won the Hero World Challenge last November.