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Honda Classic Betting Preview: Graeme McDowell can follow up last week’s good form

Three Florida based players can turn around some poor form back in their home state.

The PGA Tour moves back to the east coast this week with the Honda Classic at the PGA National.

Rickie Fowler won last year in dominant fashion. Eventually winning by four despite a couple of late bogeys.

It is another strong field. Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Sergio Garcia and Fowler will be in Florida.

There is plenty of British interest as well. Graeme Mcdowell (SPOILER: more about him later), Luke Donald, Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton will all be playing.

Fowler is favourite to take home the trophy and defend his title.

Honda Betting
Odds from Paddy Power

Now for the picks…

As hinted at already. McDowell is the first name that stands out for me. He put himself right in contention last week at the Genesis Open before a final day 77 saw him fall right away.

He has three top 10 finishes here since 2012 so knows and plays the course well. The 38-year-old is based in Florida so will be at home in the conditions.

The Northern Irishman has struggled in recent years but with the Ryder Cup on the horizon, the former US Open winner could be extra motivated this season.

At 66/1, I like him to do well this week and follow up last week’s good form.

Daniel Berger lost out in a playoff to Padraig Harrington in 2015 and looks tempting at 33/1.

He is a Florida native and played this course as a junior so will know it well.

Despite a missed cut last week, his recent form has been good – he had four straight top 20 finishes heading into last week.

Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel has some great course form

The third and final pick is a player that has finished T8 and T4 in the past two years here – Billy Horschel.

At 90/1, I like Horschel to have a good week at the Honda. He is slowly slipping down the rankings and since his win at the Byron Nelson in May his record shows plenty of poor results and missed cuts, he can turn things around.

His win in the FedEx Cup a few years ago show that he is the sort of player that can get hot for a stretch. Hopefully this week is the start of one of those runs for Horschel, who like Berger, is a Florida native.


1 comment on “Honda Classic Betting Preview: Graeme McDowell can follow up last week’s good form

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