Bet UK Honda Classic Betting Tips
Rob Cobley is a maths graduate who has spent several years working in the betting industry. He is now able to share his tips on the World’s biggest golfing events exclusively for Bet UK customers.
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The Course - PGA National
The PGA Tour heads back over the Southern border following last week's WGC event in Mexico, and straight to Jupiter, some 80 miles north of Miami - home of Tiger Woods, and also one of the toughest tests in modern golf at the Tom Fazio designed PGA National.
PGA National underwent a series of changes in 1990 & 2014 under the stewardship of Jack Nicklaus to toughen it up, and turn it from resort course into one of the most feared tracks on the PGA Tour circuit. With tight fairways, 107 bunkers, and water in play on 13 of the 18 holes, a winning score of anywhere between 6 and 13 under is typically sufficient to take home the trophy.
Whoever prevails Sunday night will have had to negotiate holes 15-17, more widely known as the "Bear Trap" following the redesign from the Golden Bear (Nicklaus).
The Market Leaders
The market this week is lead by last week's pick, and last year's champion, American Justin Thomas. Whilst Thomas is a significant contender, and I do expect him to be inside the top 20, the quotes of 5/1* do not represent any value. Behind him are the likes of Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, and Rickie Fowler, but again none stand out.
We are therefore looking further down the market in a tournament that, between 2013-2015 produced winners at 150/1, 250/1 & 300/1 so we can have every confidence in selecting another big price winner on the PGA Tour.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
My first, and only relatively short priced, selection this week is Adam Scott. For me, the Australian is one of the biggest underachievers in the history of golf. I have been lucky enough to spend a round walking with Adam inside the ropes a couple of years ago at The Open, and the way he hits the ball is comparable only to Tiger Woods in his prime. Scott is fit, athletic, and an absolute joy to watch. He has won The Masters, and should have a vast number of other major titles to his name, but sadly the "Mr Nice Guy" tag has stuck, and seemingly prevented him from reaching the heights of which he is so clearly capable. That said, Scott comes in on the back of two top 10 finishes in his last 3 events, and after a week off last week whilst most of the contenders were in Mexico, and on a course where he has a win, and has not finished outside of the top 20 for 7 years, Scott has to be our headline selection. 4 points e/w at 16/1*
My second pick is a man who fired a brilliant last round on Sunday, and comes to PGA National in tremendous form. That man is Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Although his form otherwise has been patchy, Aphibarnrat did make the cut last year, and that familiarity with the course will hold him in good stead on a track where 8 of the previous 13 winners have finished in the top 15 the year before. Aphibarnrat has an excellent long game, and his iron play in Mexico was quite phenomenal. He is the exact type of player to be unfazed by the stiff test faced at PGA National, and he nearly made my top pick. I will certainly be backing Kiradech this week with 3 Points e/w at 55/1*
My next pick goes to Venezuela's unpredictable, but incredibly talented Jhonattan Vegas at a mouth watering 150/1. Although Vegas is often not seen on leaderboards for weeks on end, he had a 10th place finish 4 weeks ago, and a 4th place finish here back in 2017. Vegas also has other top twenties on this course, and loves a stiff challenge of the type certainly readily afforded by PGA National. I expect the usual fireworks and mix of birdies and bogeys from the Venezuelan, and i think that might just be good enough to be in contention on Sunday night for one of the biggest, most coveted prizes on Tour. [__2 Points e/w at 150/1__](/betting/golf/the-honda-classic/)
My final pick is young American Wyndham Clark. Clark has had some very encouraging opening events in his Tour career, posting a couple of top 20s, and backing them up last week with a top 10 in Puerto Rico on the Web.com Tour. This could be just the confidence boost Clark needs to challenge this week in Florida. Back in the Web.com days, he competed with the talented Cameron Champ for honours, and if Clark can prove just half as good as Champ he is well worth a stake of 1 Point e/w at 150/1*
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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