Honda Classic Odds – Garcia, Villegas set to duel at Honda Classic
Take a break from your March Madness betting for a weekend and head over to your sportsbook to check out this week’s Honda Classic odds. Ernie Els is the defending champion in this event at the PGA National in Palm Beach, FL, but online betting odds are backing two of the more charismatic players in the game.
Sergio Garcia is a narrow favorite at +1100, but he didn’t get his PGA season off to a good start as he was knocked off as a top seed in the WGC-Accenture match play event, falling to Charl Schwartzel in the first round. Garcia finished 43rd here last year, and it could be another tournament before he’s fully in the swing of things.
Camilo Villegas is next at +1200, and the 27-year-old is building on his 2008 late-season success when he won two tournaments to end the season. He’s made the cut in three of his first four starts and hasn’t finished lower than 12th. Villegas is second on the Tour in greens-in-regulation and, as long as he keeps giving himself chances, the putts will eventually fall.
Luke Donald is leading the Tour in scoring average but a recurring wrist injury could keep him out of the field this week. Keep an eye on the 2006 Honda Classic winner, who has odds of +2200,and would be a great online betting value pick.
Justin Leonard won this event in 2003 with a record score of -24, and he would be a great PGA betting pick at +3300. Leonard has been inconsistent to start the year but a solid showing in the match play event could give him some confidence heading into the weekend.
The good play here is Donald, if he’s in the field. The Englishman has racked up three straight top-10s and he’s ranking sixth in the PGA in putting. A good putter will always save you strokes, and his all-around game is coming around. With his Honda Classic odds, Donald is a good pick this weekend.
One reply on “2009 PGA Honda Classic Preview/Picks”
While it is hard for me to get excited about a tournament without Tiger and Phil, I’ll be watching to see how the rest of the field fairs against this course rank as one of the hardest on the tour. I’m hoping the wind picks up and presents a tough challenge. As far as my pick, I would like to see Sergio pick his game up and become a factor at the majors this year.