The PGA National this week serves up the Honda Classic in what usually turns out to be a very watchable event. The course is one of the more tougher tests on the tour and more often than not the leaderboard produces an array of superlative talent. Nicklaus has re-designed this layout twice down the years and it features plenty of tests. Heavy rough awaits any errant drives while plenty of water hazards meander throughout the course to give the golfer plenty to think about on his journey from tee to green. The Bear Trap (holes 15,16 & 17) form a very formidable task over the weekend for anyone in contention. Disasters are aplenty on these holes and almost nobody avoids some kind of blow there. Overall, golfers with above average temperament, a solid tee to green game and a spot of experience under battle will be the ones we look at here to come out on top.

After Sunday's shambles of a round of golf McIlroy retains favouritism to take his second title here. He is without doubt the punter's proverbial nightmare and it is quite difficult when to know to throw a few quid on. Thankfully we got it right last week and I'll opt for the same tactic this time around. With little in the way of golf before previous Masters' appearances I do feel Rory is getting a lot out of his system in these weeks. Take 2015 Masters for example, he got flustered early doors after losing too much ground to Spieth and frittered shots away. He rallied and ended up finishing 4th after it looking likely he'd miss the cut. On Sunday after an Eagle on the first at Riviera he joined the lead, only to stall on the next few holes.

Once again he got hot under the collar and instead of being patient he once again handed shots back to the field at an alarming rate. At the 2015 Masters though that was one of the first times he had experienced that heat that particular year. These setbacks and disappointments I see as a huge positive for Rory as roads to lead to Augusta in just over a months time. He will be battle hardened by then and possibly able to shoulder more maturity early doors in the years first major. As it stands for this tournament, I'm prepared to let him go unbacked once again. I do feel team Rory are giving 100% to deliver a green jacket this year and the schedule leading up to it is all about preparation. Winning isn't key, but being in the battle is. He has all the tools to be in contention here, but given his state of mind last Sunday I'm not prepared to back around 6/1.

At more than three times the price of the jolly, Patrick Reed rates a solid each-way bet to land the spoils. He has only been outside the top ten four times in his last 13 events. He is slowly becoming a very consistent machine and on a golf course that plays to his strengths there is every chance we see Reed's name towards the top of the leaderboard over the weekend. He is a big fan of these greens and he always seems to be at his best around a track that focuses the mind with water hazards. 2nd at Lake Malaren earlier this season was followed by a top ten in Dubai and clearly Reed was flexing his muscles ahead of a big season. A top ten at Pebble Beach has backed up his early season form. He is one of the more likely winners here and his price is worth chancing.
Patrick Reed - 1.75pts e/w @ 20/1Lost -3.5pts
I've written before about David Lingmerth's likeness for Nicklaus designs so I'm more than prepared to support him on another tough course this week. He already has a top ten here in three attempts so clearly has the ability to score. He won around Muirfield last year defeating Just Rose in an epic battle on a difficult track. This Nicklaus re-design is a slightly different test but in some respect has elements of the Nicklaus course at this years CareerBuilder, Muirfield and The Dye course Sawgrass where Lingmerth has played well on before. This is the degree of difficulty we are talking about here and Lingmerth seems to thrive on the tougher challenges. Although scores were quite low at Whistling Straits he was on the fringes of contention there going into day 4 also which was another sign of his ability under tougher tests. Overall he rates a solid bet at a top price of 70/1.
David Lingmerth - 1.25pts e/w @ 70/1Lost -2.5pts
We've missed out on a bit of the value early doors about Kevin Kisner this week but we'll still have a nibble around the 35/1 mark. A missed cut in Phoenix is not much concern as the course is a bombers paradise. Previous to that he had five top tens including a win. The globe and it's wife have slowly cottoned on to the fact that Kisner is a major player in the golfing world and majors no doubt lie in wait for this accurate hitter. A 5th place at Sony bolstered the fact that Kisner likes the seaside layouts that get a bit of breeze. His accuracy here gives him every chance to figure on the leaderboard come the weekend and although he has been well backed already this week I can't opt out considering his skillset.
Kevin Kisner - 1pt e/w @ 35/1Lost -2pts
With the wind likely to blow most of the week, although not heavily, I'm prepared to take a chance on Billy Horschel. Horschel has shown a fair bit of form in Texas where the wind usually blows. Wins at the Zurich, BMW and Tour Championship suggest he has a liking for courses where a decent long game is needed but where low scores are attainable. He is in fair enough form coming in here although his record here is quite poor. He held every chance going into the weekend at the Farmers before a disappointing finish saw him finish 8th. All in all it is a risky bet, but at 125/1 it is a tasty carrot to have a little gnaw at.
Billy Horschel - 0.5pts e/w @ 125/1Lost -1pts