The West Coast swing is over for the PGA Tour as the field heads to Florida for the Honda Classic.
Since the Honda has been played at PGA National Golf Club, international players have dominated the event winning 4 of the last 5 (including the last 4 in a row). Last year, Rory Sabbatini won the event at -9. This year, Sabbatini is 66:1 to repeat as Honda champion. Two other former champions are also at 66:1 – Ernie Els and Camillo Villegas. The 2009 champion, Y.E. Yang, is 40:1. Keep in mind, Yang finished second last year and clearly enjoys the layout at PGA National.
The tournament favorite, Rory McIlroy, is 15:2. Right behind McIlroy are Tiger Woods, 9:1 at Bovada and 10:1 at 5Dimes, and Lee Westwood, 8:1 at 5dimes and 9:1 at Bovada.
A semi-complete listing of odds is below (via Bovada.lv):
If you’re looking for value, there’s a case to be made for Ricky Barnes. The American has played in 6 events this year and made the cut 5 times. He’s finished 3rd and finished top 10 in another event. Last year, Barnes finished 4th at the Honda Classic, 5 shots back of the tournament victor. At 66:1, Barnes is an attractive betting option.
Spencer Levin fits in a similar profile. The 27 year old Levin has played in 7 events this year and made the cut in all 7. He’s been in the top 10 twice including a 3rd place finish. And Levin is familiar and comfortable with the challenging PGA National course as he finished T-14 last year with which was 9 shots back of the winner. Again, 66:1 is an attractive starting point for Levin. If he can make the cut and get into the top 10 heading into the weekend, there will likely be some profitable hedging opportunities.