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Golf: US PGA Tour – The Honda Classic Preview


US PGA Tour: The Honda Classic – Feb 27th – Mar 2nd

PGA National Resort, Champion Course, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida > Par 70, 7,110 yards

Off to Florida and the PGA National for one of the hardest events outside of the Majors, the HONDA CLASSIC

Full details can be found on the PGA Tour website here > PGA Tour Website

pga national golf course

A decent field has turned up this week for this cracking event – a tough course and a stiff challenge which is good after a few birdie fests on the West Coast

The course is one of the harder ones to score well on, over 7,100 yards and par 70 and a course which many pros really like playing; the tournament also fits in well with many players living in Florida these days and it drops nicely into their schedules too

The PGA National has some tough holes and the 18th is a welcome respite after the few that precede it – an event that favours Aussies, S/Africans and anyone from Florida! Bermuda  specialists to the fore this week basically

We have the world-ranked 1,2,3 this week all contesting but don’t unfortunately have the (arguably) the best form players at the moment, being Walker, Spieth, Bubba, English and Day

Selections will be:

Charl SCHWARTZEL – previous finishes of 14th, 5th, 9th in 3 attempts here; 5th two events ago (Northern Trust) and a decent player who maybe doesn’t get the praise he deserves – should go well here as improving form, experience and has the class, 23 on BF

Graeme McDOWELL > finished 9th,9th, 6th in last 3 yrs here; 7th at the AT&T (Pebble Beach) and showed up well last week at the Matchplay, not expecting great things but he is likely to grind along and hang in there, could appear late on Sunday afternoon, 26 on BF

Lee WESTWOOD > 2 top 10s and a top 5 in the last 4 yrs here – get the feeling he will be back on song soon and grabbing the price whilst he is still ‘adjusting’ his swing/game… has a terrific tee to green game and if he lags well, may be able to get away without a great putting week – 50 is big for someone of his experience and ability

Hideki MATSUYAMA > sticking with him after tipping him in the WGC event last wk; plays tough courses well and is in good consistent form – top talent and good chance to make a bigger name for himself here – top 25 last 4 events – price looks skinny at 30 but that’s because he is respected and well-backed I guess

Peter HANSON > decent player and often over-looked so his price is usually decent; more than capable although form isn’t great with a MC in the Middle East swing; always think he will one day click and win a big one, 100 is generous if he fires

Chris STROUD > gut pick but has done ok here in last couple of renewals (13th, 9th), mixing MCs with decent finishes in last few months, good short putter but will need to lag putts well this wk, scrambles well – worth a dabble for me at 95 on BF

I expect Rory to feature and more so if the wind gets up at the weekend, Tiger will like being in Florida but who knows with him, and Garcia may have a great week but I rarely back him (except to lay off after a great start)

Trading > Brendon Todd at 160, Yang at 240, Pettersson at 680, Tringale at 160


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* UK born, now live in sunny Australia * Specialise in golf & football but also dabble on the nags, cricket, US sports, AFL, etc * Always looking to go against the flow and tend to trade most of the time

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