The 2016 Honda Classic golf tournament on the PGA Tour is taking place this week from February 25-28, 2016, on the Champion Course at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Here is a list of the betting odds for the PGA golfers to win the 2016 Honda Classic.
The Honda Classic dates back to 1972. Jack Nicklaus (1977, 1978), Johnny Miller (1980, 1983), Mark Calcavecchia (1987, 1988) and Padraig Harrington (2005, 2015) jointly hold the record for most wins in the tournament with two each. Tiger Woods has never won the Honda Classic though he did finish in second in 2012 when Rory McIlroy was the winner.
Listed below are all the players with odds below 70 to 1 to win the 2016 Honda Classic with comments. Then a number of notable golfers are also listed with higher odds also with comments.
Good luck to all the PGA golfers and especially the bettors this week at the 2016 Honda Classic!
1. Rory McIlroy – 11/2 odds
At odds of 11 to 2 to 1, Rory McIlroy is the betting favorite to win the 2016 Honda Classic this week. That’s despite the fact that Rory McIlroy just shot a closing round of 75 last Sunday to ruin any chances he had of winning the Northern Trust Open. McIlroy was -10 under and just a few strokes off the lead going into the final round but he shot +4 over and finished tied for 20th place. It was McIlroy’s first PGA Tournament in the calendar year 2016. Rory McIlroy won the Honda Classic in 2012
2. Rickie Fowler – 12 to 1
Rickie Fowler has not played since he finished second to Hideki Matsuyama at the Phoenix Open of February 4. Fowler already won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship on January 24, 2016, for one win this calendar year so far. Rickie Fowler now has three PGA Tour wins and two European Tour wins in his career.
T-3. Hideki Matsuyama – 18 to 1
As mentioned above, Hideki Matsuyama won the Phoenix Open three weeks ago and he won it by beating Rickie Fowler in a playoff. That was the second PGA Tour win for Matsuyama. Last week, Matsuyama finished tied for 11th place at the Northern Trust Open.
T-3. Adam Scott – 18 to 1
Adam Scott made a nice chip hole-in on the 18th at Riviera last week to tie for the lead before Bubba Watson made his winning birdie on 17 at the Northern Trust Open. Obviously Adam Scott is playing well but be warned if you want to bet him this week. Adam Scott has not won a tournament since May of 2014.
T-5. Phil Mickelson – 22 to 1
Phil Mickelson just missed getting into a playoff at Pebble Beach two weeks ago in his last start as he missed a short putt on the 18th that would’ve forced a playoff. Except for missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open, Mickelson has played well so far this year as he seeks his 43rd lifetime win on the PGA Tour. He’s going to win again on tour but will it be this week?
T-5. Patrick Reed – 22 to 1
Patrick Reed tied for 6th place in his last start two weeks ago at Pebble Beach. Reed is ranked #9 in the world coming into this tournament but he has not won a golf tournament since the Tournament of Champions in January of 2015. Patrick Reed tied for 7th place here last year.
7. Brooks Koepka – 28 to 1
Brooks Koepka tied for 8th place at Pebble Beach in his last start. Koepka’s lone win on the PGA Tour came a little over a year ago at the 2015 Phoenix Open. He also won the 2014 Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour. Koepka can hit the ball as far as anyone so he’s always a threat but he should be a little higher odds here.
8. Branden Grace – 30 to 1
Branden Grace is ranked 10th in the world but he’s still looking for his first PGA Tour win. Grace has seven wins on the European Tour including his second win at the Qatar Masters on January 30, 2016 in his last start.
9. Paul Casey – 33 to 1
Paul Casey tied for 33rd last week at the Northern Trust Open. Casey’s has just one win on the PGA Tour and it came back in 2009. He does have 13 wins on the European Tour but his last win was in September of 2014. Paul Casey did tie for 3rd in the Honda Classic last year which accounts for his lower odds this week.
10. Kevin Kisner – 35 to 1
Not sure why Kevin Kisner is only 35 to 1 odds this week. He missed the cut at the Phoenix Open in his last start. His lone win on tour came at the CIMB Classic in November of last year. Kisner is ranked 18th in the world but he’s a tough bet this week.
T-11. Jimmy Walker, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Russell Knox – 40 to 1 odds each
Jimmy Walker missed the cut last week. He did tie for fourth at the Farmers Insurance Open a few weeks ago but he’s another tough bet this week. Sergio Garcia missed the cut last week at Riviera. That was his first start in a while so he’ll play better this week. Graeme McDowell has talent but he’s coming in here off a 82nd place finish at the Dubai Desert Classic in his last start. Russell Knox tied for 3rd here last year but he’s missed the cut in his last two starts. His lone win on tour came at the 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions last November.
15. Zach Johnson – 45 to 1
Zach Johnson tied for 14th place at the Phoenix Open in his last start. Zach Johnson has 12 PGA Tour wins with his last win coming at the 2015 British Open. He’s a grinder and will probably play decent this week but a win might not be in the cards.
T-16. Shane Lowry, Luke Donald – 50 to 1 odds each
Shane Lowry played well at the Phoenix Open tying for 6th place but followed that up with a tie for 41st at Pebble Beach in his last start. Lowry won the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last August for his lone PGA Tour win. Luke Donald tied for 26th at Pebble Beach and tied for 45th last week in his last two starts. Donald has not won on the PGA Tour since 2012 but he finished tied for 7th place in this tournament last year and he won the Honda Classic in 2006.
T-18. Matthew Fitzpatrick, David Lingmerth, Justin Thomas – 55 to 1 odds each
Matthew Fitzpatrick is a talented 21 year old golfer from England who won the British Masters last October for his first career win. He just finished tied for 71st though last week playing in Malaysia. David Lingmerth won the Memorial last June for his first PGA Tour win. Lingmerth missed the cut at the Phoenix Open and at Pebble Beach in his last two starts. Justin Thomas has one win on tour. He finished tied for 54th last week at Riviera.
T-21. Ryan Palmer, Daniel Berger, Fredrik Jacobson – 60 to 1 odds each
Ryan Palmer has three wins on tour but has not won since 2010. Daniel Berger is looking for his first win and he missed the cut last week but he did lose this tournament last year in a playoff to Padraig Harrington. Fredrik Jacobson won the 2011 Travelers Championship for his lone win on tour. He too missed the cut last week.
T-24. Brendan Steele, Jason Dufner – 66 to 1 odds each
Brendan Steele won the 2011 Valero Texas Open for his lone win on tour. He finished tied for 39th place last week. Jason Dufner won at La Quinta in January for his first win on tour since his PGA Championship in 2013. Dufner has not played well since but he’s back in the game after divorcing his hot wife Amanda Boyd last year.
- Russell Henley – 70 to 1 odds
Russell Henley won the Honda Classic in 2014. That was his second and last win on tour to date. Russell Henley missed the cut in his last two PGA Tour starts.
- Jason Kokrak – 80 to 1 odds
Jason Kokrak is still looking for his first PGA Tour win but he finished tied for second last week at the Northern Trust Open. Kokrak hits the ball a mile and players who finish second one week are always a threat to win the next week and he’s 80 to 1 odds.
- Padraig Harrington – 80 to 1 odds
Padriag Harrington is the defending champion as he won this tournament last year for the second time defeating Daniel Berger in a playoff. Harrington also won the Honda Classic in 2005. His win last year was his first PGA Tour win since 2008. Padraig Harrington tied for 45th last week at Riviera.
- Ian Poulter – 80 to 1 odds
Ian Poulter has not won anywhere since 2012 but his did finish tied for 3rd last year in the Honda Classic. Poulter missed the cut in his last two starts though.
- Ernie Els – 100 to 1 odds
Ernie Els won the Honda Classic in 2008. Els hasn’t won anywhere since 2013 but he’s only 46 years old and he could win again on tour. He finished tied for 26th last week at Riviera.
- Camilo Villegas – 125 to 1 odds
Camilo Villegas won the Honda Classic in 2010. Villegas has four wins on tour with his last win coming in 2014. Villegas tied for 37th place last week at the Northern Trust Open.
- Michael Thompson – 150 to 1 odds
Michael Thompson won the Honda Classic in 2013. The win was Thompson’s only win on the PGA Tour. He missed the cut at Pebble Beach in his last PGA Tour start.
- Rory Sabbatini – 250 to 1 odds
Rory Sabbatini won the Honda Classic in 2011. That was the last of his six PGA Tour wins. Sabbatini finished tied for 11th place here last year but he’s missed the cut in his last two PGA starts.
- Mark Wilson – 500 to 1 odds
Mark Wilson won the Honda Classic in 2007 for the first of his four PGA Tour wins. Wilson’s last win on tour came in 2012. Wilson tied for 72nd place last week in the Northern Trust Open.