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Just eight of the world’s top 50 will compete in South Florida this weekend. Trent Pruitt breaks down the wide-open Honda Classic and locks in a best bet.
ANALYSIS

The Honda Classic 2023 Preview, Field, and Picks

The PGA Tour makes its way to Florida after a successful ‘West Coast Swing’ to start the 2023 calendar year. Being that the Honda Classic is a non-designated event, we take a step back in terms of the star power that’ll be competing this weekend. However, that should open the door for some mid-tier players to make a run at victory.

Let’s dive into the course and the field and get a bet locked in for the Honda Classic. 

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Honda Classic Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Thursday, February 23- Sunday, February 26
  • Where:  PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Garden, Florida
  • Where to Watch: NBC

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2023 THE HONDA CLASSIC 2023 COURSE

The Champion Course at PGA National Resort and Spa is the location for the Honda Classic in Florida. The site has been home to the event since 2007 after bouncing around from six different courses over the previous 35 years.

With the location stability came a more-talented player pool each year; however, after a revised schedule that saw back-to-back designated events out west, top players are now passing on the Honda Classic. Interestingly, Honda felt betrayed, stating that they will not renew their sponsorship following the 2023 event, making this the final year for the 42-year title sponsor.

As for the course itself, the Champion Course is a 7,125-yard, par-70 layout featuring north of 100 bunkers. Golfers will have to navigate water hazards on 16 of the 18 holes.

PGA National features what’s aptly named “The Bear Trap,” a hazard-littered three-hole stretch spanning the 15th through the 17th. Accurate iron play from the tee box is necessary for this stretch, as any poor hits will likely send balls into the water.

Previous winners at the Champion Course (since 2007) have scored in the -5 to -14 range, so we should expect to see golfers close to those parameters. It’s worth noting that seven of the last nine tournaments have been decided by one stroke or less, including three playoffs.

2023 HONDA CLASSIC PURSE

The purse for this weekend’s event is a respectable $8,400,000, with the winner set to take home their share of $1,512,000. 

2023 HONDA CLASSIC PREVIEW

Eight of the world’s top 50 players will tee off in South Florida this weekend. Two players are inside the top 20, including Sungjae Im (18) and Billy Horschel (19). Alongside the duo will be defending champion Sepp Straka (30), the first Austrian to win the tournament in 2022. 

Staka would join the elite company as the only player to win back-to-back at the tournament, joining Jack Nicklaus, who accomplished the feat in 1977 and 1978. Only four players have notched multiple victories at the Honda Classic, one of which is Pádraig Harrington (2005, 2015), competing this year and currently ranked 247th in the World Golf Ranking. 

So, as you can see, this weekend’s event is there for the taking. Let’s get into who I’m backing to secure the win in South Florida. 

2023 HONDA CLASSIC PREDICTION

Adam Svensson missed cuts at the Farmers and the WM Phoenix Open but rebounded with an excellent finish at the Genesis Invitational last weekend. The 29-year-old finished inside the top 45 in both Hawaiian events previously and claimed a victory in his final event of 2022, the RSM Classic. The 19-under outing at Sea Island Resort earned him $1,458,000. 

Svensson has competed at PGA National twice in his professional life, notching a T59 (+3) effort in 2019 and a T9 (-2) last year. Coupling his impressive finish last year with his most recent outing at the Riviera, I think Svensson will have a great opportunity to beat out this underwhelming field. Let’s lock in Adam Svensson to come away victorious. 

2023 HONDA CLASSIC PICK

  • Adam Svensson To Win Outright

2023 HONDA CLASSIC Odds

GolferOdds
Sungjae Im+850
Shane Lowry+1400
Aaron Wise+2500
Alex Nore+2500
Chris Kirk+2500
Min Woo Lee+2500
Denny McCarthy+2800
Matt Kuchar+2800
Billy Horschel+3000
Adam Svensson+3500
Harris English+4000
J T Poston+4000
Taylor Pendrith+4000
Thomas Detry+4000
Jhonattan Vegas+4500

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Trent is a Chicago native who has been an avid sports fan since he could walk. He played sports throughout his youth and played collegiate rugby at Arizona State University. Trent still resides in Arizona, where he spends his days covering sports from a sports betting perspective. He fell in love with the analytical side of sports in his late teens and has been following the sports betting industry for 10+ years now! You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram for all of his sports betting picks at @Trentbets.

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