This year’s Honda Classic will take place Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Sungjae Im is the Honda Classic odds favorite as he is around +900 at most sportsbooks. Sepp Straka survived a late rainstorm to edge past Shane Lowry and pick up his first career PGA TOUR victory at this event last year. Below we will provide a betting guide for the 2023 contest.
HONDA CLASSIC ODDS
Honda Classic odds have been posted at top sportsbooks with Sunjae Im as the favorite. Shane Lowry (+1600) and Aaron Wise (+2200) are also near the top of odds boards.
PGA National COURSE TRENDS
PGA National is not a long course by PGA TOUR standards, but with persistent water hazards in play throughout, it places a premium on Total Driving and rewards players who can consistently hit fairways with driver in hand. PGA National features Bermuda grass throughout, and with its exposure to high winds, has rewarded top all-around tee-to-green players who thrive in difficult scoring conditions and are familiar with putting on Bermuda grass.
In terms of Course History, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Sungjae Im, and Sepp Straka highlight the list of players who have repeatedly played well here, suggesting this is a good week to reference recent performance on the Florida Swing to identify players who fare best on Bermuda.
Over the last 10 years, six players have won with opening odds longer than 80-1, so it is a favorable set-up to consider betting longshots. With that said, the favorites have converted well here too, with Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, and Adam Scott winning at below 20-1 odds within that span. It’s worth monitoring the finalized field to see the caliber of top contenders in 2023, as this has historically been an event skipped by a majority of the game’s best.
HONDA CLASSIC PAST WINNERS
The below table tracks consensus pre-tournament outright betting odds for the last 10 winners of the Honda Classic.
How to bet on the Honda Classic
Betting on the Honda Classic is simple as more and more states have legalized sports betting. Golf is one of the more popular sports to bet on at legal online sportsbooks as it offers big payouts thanks to the long odds on golfers.
Sepp Straka, last year’s winner at PGA National, had +10000 odds to win for instance. A $10 pre-tournament bet on Straka to win would have won you a cool $1,000. Identifying longshot winners, of course, is difficult. It’s best to do plenty of research on course history and the current form of golfers in the tournament field.
Outright winner is just one of many ways you can bet on the Honda Classic. Other popular ways are Top 5, Top 10, Top 20 and even Top 40 finish. You get shorter odds by betting these, obviously, but there is an increased chance of you cashing. Sportsbooks have props available for each tournament like “Wire-to-wire Winner,” “Will there be a Hole in One?,” and “Winning Margin.”