2017 Honda Classic Golf Betting Odds

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Honda Classic Golf Betting OddsGolf Betting Online: After spending the majority of the first two months of the year on the West Coast, golfers will get to come to the East Coast for the very first time at the Honda Classic, one of the premier events held in the Sunshine State over the course of the end of the winter and into the spring. This event takes place at the PGA National Golf Club Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Rickie Fowler is the defending champion.

Catch all of the action at the Honda Classic from Thursday, February 22 through Sunday, February 25.

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2018 The Honda Classic At a Glance

Course: PGA National Golf Club Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Par: 70

Course Length: 7,110 yards

Defending Champion: Rickie Fowler

Tournament Record: -24 (Justin Leonard, 2003)

The Honda Classic has only been held at PGA National since 2007. Prior to that, this tournament has been held all over South Florida dating all the way back to 1972 when Tom Weiskopf won the inaugural event, then known as Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic.

This has been a great tournament with a winner's share of the $5 million or more prize pool sitting at least at $900,000. The big prize pool, if nothing else, is a premier reason to play at the Honda Classic year in and year out for the top golfers.

List of Honda Classic Winners (Since 2000)

Year

Winner

Score to Par

2017

Rickie Fowler

-12

2016

Adam Scott

-9

2015

Padraig Harrington

-6

2014

Russell Henley

-8

2013

Michael Thompson

-9

2012

Rory McIlroy

-12

2011

Rory Sabbatini

-9

2010

Camilo Villegas

-13

2009

Y.E. Yang

-9

2008

Ernie Els

-6

2007

Mark Wilson

-5

2006

Luke Donald

-12

2005

Padraig Harrington

-14

2004

Todd Hamilton

-12

2003

Justin Leonard

-24

2002

Matt Kuchar

-19

2001

Jesper Parnevik

-18

2000

Dudley Hart

-19

Don't let those scores at the Honda Classic before 2007 when the tourney moved to PGA National fool you. This is a course where, if you break double-digits under par, you're having yourself one heck of a week. In fact, since the move, there have only been three golfers shoot -10 or better; unfortunately for Tom Gillis and Tiger Woods in 2012, that wasn't good enough that year to beat Rory McIlroy, who shot -12.

Most Career Wins at Honda Classic

Wins

Golfer

Years

2

Jack Nicklaus

1977, 1978

2

Johnny Miller

1980, 1983

2

Mark Calcavecchia

1987, 1998

2

Padraig Harrington

2005, 2015

It's pretty amazing to think that no golfer has won the Honda Classic more than twice, and there are only four repeat winners. The most recent man to claim a second title in South Florida was Paddy Harrington, and it took him 10 years between his two titles in 2005 and 2015.

Best Winning Tournament Scores at Honda Classic

Score

Golfer

Year

-24 (264)

Justin Leonard

2003

-22 (266)

Blaine McCallister

1989

-19 (269)

Matt Kuchar

2002

-19 (269)

Dudley Hart

2000

-19 (269)

Hale Irwin

1982

As we said before, these scores aren't really indicative of anything that is probably possible at PGA National. That course just plays far too difficult for anyone to come anywhere near the -24 that Justin Leonard carded in 2003 when the Honda Classic was played at the Country Club at Mirasol, a far easier course also in Palm Beach Garden. The TPC at Heron Bay also provided us with a couple low scores for the Honda Classic, first in 2000 with Dudley Hart, then again in 2002 with Matt Kuchar.

Four of the last five winners and seven of the 10 all-time since the Honda Classic moved to PGA National have won with scores in the single-digits under par.

How to bet on Honda Classic

The odds of a golfer to win the Honda Classic will generally look something like:

  • Tiger Woods + 150
  • Phil Mickelson + 250
  • Steve Stricker + 300
  • Jeff Overton + 700
  • Ernie Els + 700
  • Field + 600

These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.

A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the Honda Classic, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.

Another commonly placed bet in PGA golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.

A head-to-head betting line for the Honda Classic will look something like:

  • Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150

In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.

Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to PGA golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of PGA golf betting without to much trouble.

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