Golf Honda Classic Betting Guide (2020)

The Honda Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament that has been taking place in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida since 1972. In a normal season, this event is one of the first east coast, or Florida Swing, tournaments following golf’s West Coast Swing and was originally known as the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic.

In one of the longest running commercial collaborations in world sport, Honda (American Honda Motor Company) have been the sponsor of this event since 1982. Prior to this, Jackie Gleason and the American Motors Corporation along with National Airlines have all at various times been the title sponsor. Only four players – Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Mark Calcavecchia and Pádraig Harrington – have won this event twice. Nobody has ever won it more than this, although it was replaced for one season only in 1976 by the Tournament Players Championship which Nicklaus won also.

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Golf Honda Classic Betting Tips, Odds & Predictions

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Golf Honda Classic Outright Odds

PlayerBest OddsBookmaker
Tommy Fleetwood12/1Paddy Power
Brooks Koepka12/1Ladbrokes
Rickie Fowler14/1888Sport
Justin Rose25/1Unibet
Louis Oosthuizen25/1Bet365
Gary Woodland28/1888Sport
Viktor Hovland30/1Ladbrokes
Daniel Berger33/1Coral
Billy Horschel33/1Unibet
Sungjae Im35/1Bet365
Shane Lowry40/1Ladbrokes
Byeong Hun An40/1888Sport
Erik van Rooyen50/1William Hill
JT Poston60/1William Hill
Joaquin Niemann 60/1Ladbrokes
Lee Westwood80/1William Hill
Matt Wallace125/1888Sport

Golf Honda Classic Betting Tips & Predictions

This Thursday sees the start of the PGA’s Florida Swing as the players head over to Palm Beach Gardens at PGA National for the 2020 Honda Classic. Tiger Woods will not be playing after he withdrew citing the back stiffness that hampered his Genesis Invitational participation where he finished last the cut makers. Rory McIlroy will also be missing as will Justin Thomas who won his event two years ago. Dustin Johnson joins them on this year's absent list as does the winner of the WGC-Mexico Championship, Patrick Reed, who will also be missing.

Among those that will be playing are U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland, British Open champion Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and world No 12 Tommy Fleetwood. World No 3 Brooks Koepka is one of seven players drawn from the worlds’ top 25 and is the top seed and joint favourite along with Englishman Fleetwood, who is the second highest-ranked pro in the 144-player field. On that note, don’t be surprised to see Rickie Fowler and/or Justin Rose enjoy a deep run here.

One thing to consider is that the majority of the field here have no real course form with which to judge them on. This being the PGA National and its infamous Bear Trap, course form has traditionally been as good as indicator as anything else. Given this information, those looking for a mix of good current form plus a decent record here, might want to consider either Billy Horschel or Gary Woodland.

Personally, Louis Oosthuizen is another who should be considered even taking into account that in his previous five appearances, he is yet to finish in the top 20. Further down the betting, Daniel Berger has been playing solid golf so far this year while a revitalised Lee Westwood is the type of player who should prosper at this venue. Matt Wallace is another to look out for.

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Popular Golf Honda Classic Bets

Betting on golf has become extremely popular and one of the main reasons for this is that, with huge fields taking part at the weekly events held on the PGA and European Tour schedules, the odds for golf are always more than generous, even on the favourites. Below, we have listed just a small taster of what the average golf bettor can expect.

Outright Betting

The straight forward, uncomplicated original way to bet. An outright bet is, quite simply, a wager on the player you think will finish the week as champion. Once you have decided which player or players you are going to back for the win, just put your money on before sitting back and watching the tourney to see if your prediction comes true. No muss, no fuss.

Top 10 Finish

In golf, you can normally back a player to finish among the top 10 on the leaderboard. This is a particularly useful betting market if you like the look of a certain player going into the event but have concerns about their ability to nail the big prize for whatever reason. Obviously, this is a reduced odds market as earning a top 10 finish is easier than winning a tournament so the prices will naturally be lower.

Make or Miss The Cut Betting

Making the cut is critical for golfers because they only get paid if they do so. Fortunately, it’s also good for you and me as it generates yet another betting market for golf fans. Price wise, there is a different approach required for both making and missing the cut betting. For making the cut, it is best to seek out a player that is relatively unknown, maybe an emerging young talent or rookie. But, for better value when placing a miss the cut bet, try and find an established name or big talent that is going off the boil. For the game’s biggest names, missing the cut is unlikely but can happen.

Hole in One Betting

Hole in one betting is self-explanatory. Bettors are betting on a golfer, any golfer, landing a hole in one at the upcoming tournament. Seeing as holes in one are extremely rare and entirely unpredictable, the odds on one happening at an event are, for professionals, around the 2,500/1 mark so this can be considered a fun, prop bet at best. Importantly, you are not required to nominate a player, just decide whether or not a hole in one will happen during a tournament’s run.

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Golf Honda Classic Tournament Structure

Over the course of four days, Thursday through Sunday, there will be four 18 hole, stroke play rounds of golf which will all take place at the PGA National Resort and Spa's Champion Course at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida. Considered to be the most demanding 3-hole stretch on the PGA Tour, holes 15, 16 and 17 are known in golf circles as The Bear Trap and dealing with it can often determine the winner of a tournament. At the end of day two, after 36 holes of play, the field will get cut when the stragglers are removed from the competition. The player with the highest below par score at the end of Sunday’s final day will be the winner. Should there be a tied score by the end of play Sunday, then a sudden death three hole playoff will be held.

Golf Honda Classic History

The Honda Classic was founded in 1972 and was first known as the Jackie Gleasons’ Inverrary Classic. For those unaware, Gleason was a big name in American television at the time. This event was originally held at the Inverrary Golf Club in Lauderhill, Florida, hence its title back then. Later, in 1984, the tourney moved to the TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, before moving again to the Weston Hills Golf and Country Club where it stayed from 1992 through 1995, all also in Florida. In 1996 only, the event was held at Eagle Trace before the TPC at Heron Bay became its home for the five seasons between 1997 and 2002, the latter being the year it became called the Honda Classic.

In 2003, the event moved again, this time to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Initially, for the next three years, this meant the Country Club at Mirasol, followed by the PGA National Resort and Spa’s Champion Course from 2007 onwards. The move to this course was all part of an effort to get the stellar names on board, which became especially relevant as that was the year that the competition became a benefactor of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation. This is named after golfing legend Jack Nicklaus and is chaired by Barbara Nicklaus, Jack’s wife.

Golf Honda Classic Betting Tips Guide Past Winners (since 2002 when it became Honda Classic)

YearWinnerNationality
2019Keith MitchellUnited States
2018Justin ThomasUnited States
2017Rickie FowlerUnited States
2016Adam ScottAustralia
2015Pádraig HarringtonIreland
2014Russell HenleyUnited States
2013Michael ThompsonUnited States
2012Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland
2011Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa
2010Camilo VillegasColombia
2009Yang Yong-eunSouth Korea
2008Ernie ElsSouth Korea
2007Mark WilsonUnited States
2006Luke DonaldEngland
2005Pádraig HarringtonIreland
2004Todd HamiltonUnited States
2003Justin LeonardUnited States
2002Matt KucharUnited States

Golf Honda Classic Key Stats

  • In 1977, Jack Nicklaus won the event by a 5 stroke margin of victory over Gary Player, the longest in the tournament’s history
  • Only four players have won this event twice, these are Johnny Miller, Mark Calcavecchia, Pádraig Harrington and Jack Nicklaus
  • Jack Nicklaus could actually claim a third victory as, in 1976, he won the Tournament Players Championship which temporarily replaced this event
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FAQ

What is The Total Prize Fund of The Honda Classic?

Collectively, there is a whopping $6,800,000 in the prizepool.

What is The Course Yardage Here?

The course yardage is a cool 7,140 yards.

What is The Par Here?

The par for this curse is 70.

What is The Weather Usually Like For The Honda Classic?

They don’t call Florida The Sunshine State for nothing. The weather this time of year generally warm and reasonably dry.

Will Miss The Cut Betting be Available For The Honda Classic?

Yes, this tourney has a cut and bettors will be available to bet on who makes it through and who misses out.

ThePuntersPage Final Say

One of the main things to look forward to as we kick off the Florida Swing is the Honda Classic. This course and its infamous Bear Trap is considered to be hardest non-major course on the PGA Tour and as such can throw up a surprise or two. The aforementioned Bear Trap usually has a say in who will emerge from the event victorious. In fact, the par three 17th is often the hardest par three on entire the PGA Tour and almost always makes things interesting.

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