The Honda Classic tees off Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The event has a handful of top-rated players in the field with Justin Thomas heavily favored. Thomas went from No. 4 to the No. 3 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings list just in time for the Classic. His +450 is well above the other names in the top-five with Rickie Fowler being the closest to him.


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Thomas finished 9th during the WGC Mexico event last weekend going nine-under for the tournament. Fowler ended even with Branden Grace. Out of the top-five players listed below, was Sergio Garcia who gave the winner of the WGC Mexico a run for the money last week. Dustin Johnson won with Garcia finishing T6 with Patrick Cantlay and Cameron Smith.

 

Justin Thomas+450
Rickie Fowler+1000
Brooks Koepka+1200
Sergio Garcia+1400
Adam Scott+1400

 

But Thomas is returning to the PGA National Golf Club as the defending Champion. Last year he and Luke List finished the tournament in a playoff. Thomas finished 272 overall going eight-under. The two players seemed to put on a long drive contest on the 18th hole where they remained tied forcing the one-hole playoff. Thomas won his second event of 2018 by carding a birdie after List went wide off the tee. During the weekend Thomas made 51 birdie or pars while scoring a 65 during the third round. 

Speaking of Luke List

The Dark Horse pick may be Luke List. The former Vanderbilt Commodore played the PGA National Gulf Club well last year and has strung together several successful outings so far in the 2019 season. Has finished T4 twice this season and is now ranked 55 in FedEx points. 


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Thus far in 2019, he’s 5th on the PGA Tour in driving distance while closing in on a 60% mark when hitting fairways. He’s also marching towards breaking into the top-fifty players on the Official World Golf Rankings. A return to the Honda Classic may be what List needs to score his first PGA Tour win and break his habit of being runner up.

Most Recent Past Winners

Justin Thomas may be the defending champ at the Classic but it was Rickie Fowler who won in 2017. After winning the Phoenix Open a few weeks ago it seems that Fowler is already poised to earn his second win this season. Fowler is the second favored golfer to win outright this weekend according to Intertops. Here’s a look at the last twelve winners of the Classic since it moved to the PGA National in 2007.

 

2018Justin Thomas
2017Rickie Fowler
2016Adam Scott
2015Pádraig Harrington*
2014Russell Henley
2013Michael Thompson
2012Rory McIlroy
2011Rory Sabbatini
2010Camilo Villegas
2009Yang Yong-eun
2008Ernie Els
2007Mark Wilson

 

* Pádraig Harrington is the only repeat winner out of the players listed above. His first win at the Honda Classic was in 2005. However, that win came at the Championship Course at the Country Club of Mirasol.

The Champion Course at the PGA National Golf Club by the Numbers

The PGA National Golf Club is the home of the Professional Golfer’s Association of America and boasts five Championship level 18-hole courses and everything else you would imagine when it comes to a PGA venue. The courses are The Champion, The Fazio, The Squire, The Palmer, and The Estate.

The Champion course is the host of the Honda Classic and was in 1981 and designed by George and Tom Fazio with Jack Nicklaus providing a redesign later. In 2002 the course underwent a 4-million dollar renovation. The course has an open feel to it with several open fairways which allow for coastal breezes to sometimes play havoc with tee-shots.



The signature hole on the course can be considered the three-hole stretch often called “the Bear Trap” in honor of Nicklaus and his crafty re-design. The tough stretch of holes includes the par-3 15th, par-4 16th, and par-3 17th which include tough shots, small greens, plenty of bunkers, and intimidating water hazards. Here’s what Nicklaus said about the boring No. 15 hole after his redesign.

“It was sort of a nothing little hole, and when we brought the water in play, all of a sudden it became a monster and it's only a monster because of the awkward wind there that sort of comes into you, right-to-left, and you have to sort of cut into it or if you get it hooking it sweeps across the green. I was either lucky or stupid enough to do it the way I did it, whichever way it was. But it turned out to be a really interesting little golf hole.”

Additional renovations were done in 2014 as more bunkers and water hazards were added.

Founded: 1981
Designer: George, Tom Fazio
                 Jack Nicklaus
Yardage: 7,048
Par: 72
Rating: 75.2
Slope: 148
Greens: Bermuda grass.

TV Coverage for 2019 Honda Classic

•    Thursday: 2:00-6:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Friday: 2:00-6:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Saturday: 1:00-3:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Saturday: 3:00-6:00 pm ET – NBC
•    Sunday: 1:00-3:00 pm ET - Golf Channel
•    Sunday: 3:00-6:00 pm ET – NBC
•    Featured groups and holes streaming via PGA Tour Live.

Remaining odds for 2019 Honda Classic

Odds following players listed above.

 

Gary Woodland+1800
Webb Simpson+2000
Cameron Smith+2500
Daniel Berger+4000
Emiliano Grillo+4000
Billy Horschel+4000
Byeong-Hun An+4000
Luke List+4000
Alex Noren+4000
Scott Piercy+5000
Matt Wallace+5000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+5000
Michael Thompson+5000
Lucas Glover+5000
Zach Johnson+5000
Russell Knox+5000
Jason Kokrak+6600
Charl Schwartzel+6600
Sung-Jae Im+6600
JT Poston+6600
Graeme McDowell+6600
Russell Henley+6600
Trey Mullinax+8000
Sunghoon Kang+8000
Dylan Frittelli+8000
Brian Harman+10000
Martin Kaymer+10000
Ryan Palmer+10000
C T Pan+10000
Patton Kizzire+10000
Jim Furyk+10000
Talor Gooch+10000
Chris Stroud+12500
Harold Varner+12500
Brendan Steele+12500
Joaquin Niemann+12500
Nick Watney+12500
Austin Cook+12500
Scott Brown+12500
Chesson Hadley+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Jimmy Walker+12500
Bud Cauley+12500
Scott Langley+12500
Kyle Stanley+12500
Jhonattan Vegas+12500
Brian Gay+12500
Wyndham Clark+12500
Kevin Tway+12500
Kevin Streelman+15000
Chris Kirk+15000
Sam Burns+15000
Ollie Schniederjans+15000
Bill Haas+15000
Kelly Kraft+15000
Vaughn Taylor+15000
Padraig Harrington+15000
Nick Taylor+15000
Stewart Cink+15000
Curtis Luck+15000
Joel Dahmen+15000
Martin Trainer+15000
Roger Sloan+15000
Andrew Landry+15000
Matt Jones+15000
Danny Lee+15000
Peter Uihlein+15000
Rory Sabbatini+15000
Ernie Els+15000
Johnson Wagner+15000
Jason Dufner+15000
Brandon Harkins+15000
Adam Schenk+15000
Richy Werenski+15000
Brian Stuard+20000
Shawn Stefani+20000
Lucas Bjerregaard+20000
Anirban Lahiri+20000
Harris English+20000
Sam Saunders+20000
Max Homa+20000
Jonas Blixt+20000
Sebastian Munoz+20000
Hudson Swafford+20000
Cameron Davis+20000
Tom Hoge+20000
Keith Mitchell+20000
Roberto Diaz+20000
Carlos Ortiz+20000
Sepp Straka+20000
Roberto Castro+20000
Robert Streb+25000
Hunter Mahan+25000
Ben Crane+25000
Vijay Singh+25000

 

 

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