Monday, February 21 – Sunday, February 22, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
After some star studded fields the last two weeks at Waste Management and Genesis, the boys take on the Honda Classic with more of a mild-field, let’s say. Brooks Koepka comes in as the highest-rated player in the field this week at 15th in Official World Rankings. He’s followed closely by last week’s winner Joaquin Niemann (20th) and Daniel Berger (21st).
The Honda Classic is the first of many tournaments in the Sunshine swing. And if you’re familiar with Florida golf, there’s water everywhere on this course. Big scores can happen quickly. I am looking for guys who don’t miss a lot of fairways off the tee and guys who are dialed in on their wedges and short irons.
We haven’t seen a lot of Shane Lowry in the USA lately, but he has made a couple of starts on the DP World Tour in the last month, finishing top 25 or better in each. He currently ranks inside the top 10 in both Greens in Regulation and Driving Accuracy in that tour, and I expect that to transition well into America. He doesn’t have great overall history at PGA National, but he’s made the cut all four times he has played. I’m fading Horschell, as he didn’t show up too well in my model.
Canadian Mackenzie Hughes is the only one who popped in my model between the five. Lucas Glover has played the Honda Classic 100 times, so his course history does concern me a little. But I’ll take the chance with Hughes.
Vegas is built for this tournament. He currently ranks 5th in Strokes Gained Off-The-Tee, 26th SG: Tee-To-Green and 39th in Greens in Regulation. His putting is a bit shaky at times, but if Vegas finds some life in that putter, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is in the last pair come Sunday afternoon.
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**All views expressed are my own. My picks are my own and are not a guarantee, bet at your own risk.