Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Honda Classic - 2013

The US PGA Tour heads east to commence the "Florida Swing" at Palm Beach on the National PGA Course on Thursday. Tiger Woods heads the betting ahead of out-of-form World Number Once, Rory McIlroy.The course is another par 70 and is one of the toughest on tour with 3 significant holes on the back nine, known as the "Bear Trap", proving to be decisive in determining the eventual winner. The holes 15-17 are two par 3s and a par 4 in the middle. These have played on average to 11 strokes the past few years. This is a tough track with very tough par 3s to negotiate.
I so badly wanted to back Justin Rose this week but best odds of 15/1 are way short of what I was expecting so regrettably he is omitted from my bookie slip this week.But his fellow countryman, Lee Westwood at 25/1 does get my attention as he has recorded 2 top10s here the past 3 seasons. Lee has taken up residency in Palm Beach and will be keen to make an impact on the PGA tour and his ever consistent tee to green game should serve him well here. He was a bit sloppy playing Cabrera-Bello last week in a game that he was in control of, but this is the type of course and event that he tends to play well in and I'll be on him this week. Both StanJames & Betpack are offering 6 places this week and that 25/1 is available with them.

My second pick is Keegan Bradley who tends to go well on par 70s. He has shown progressive signs that he is getting near to his very best again and will feel more comfortable back playing in Florida this week. Great iron play is required here as well as excellent statistics and Keegan ticks both those boxes for me. Generally available at 33/1.

My final pick is a bit of an outsider in the form of Billy Horschel, another who will be delighted to be back in his native Florida. Currently ranked in the top 5 for all round  he has recently enjoyed a top10 and top 15 finish. He will be trying to bring that recent form with him here and is worth chancing at 110/1

All selections this week advised e/w with 6 places on offer with StanJames & Betpack


TIP 1: 1 pt e/w Lee Westwood @ 25/1

TIP 2: 1 pt e/w K.Bradley @ 33/1

TIP 3: 1 pt e/w B.Horschel @ 110/1