Betting tips and stats for this week at the Honda Classic

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The last time I had a winner of a Honda Classic, I’d got her in the Buy and Sell in ‘92. The Oracle traded his Honda 50 for a DeLorean a long time before that and he’s been winning ever since. Here’s his take on PGA National.

Doc’s Top-5 Best Each Way Bets

Adam Scott 16/1
After some positive signs to finish 2018, Adam Scott has started this year looking like he’s edging closer to his brilliant best.Solo second at The Farmers, tied 7th at The Genesis, is he building towards this week, where he won in 2016, and onwards to The Masters? I think he is.

Cameron Smith 28/1
Great putters can contend anywhere and Cam Smith is proving to be up there with the best of them. Needed just 106 putts last week in Mexico (topped the stats) on his way to a T6 finish and that sits nicely alongside a T15 in Phoenix and T9 at Torrey Pines since his Aussie PGA win. Debutant this week.

Michael Thompson 60/1
On a run of good form is Michael Thompson with a T7 at the Desert Classic, T13 at The Farmers, T10 at Pebble and T7 last time out at the Genesis. He does it by pounding fairways and greens and if he can putt like he did at Riviera, he could really contend again at Palm Beach Gardens. I say “again” because he hasn’t performed well here on his last five visits but nobody can take away 2013 when he won!

Webb Simpson 25/1
Things didn’t go great for Webb in Mexico but that T39 (putting aside) contained some solid stats. That was his first non-top-20 finish of the 2019 season and I expect he’ll be back contending this week. T5 here last year after skipping six years.

Gary Woodland 20/1
Six top-10s already in this 2019 PGA Tour season and surely a win must be coming soon for Gary Woodland. He already has 2nd’s at the CJ Cup and Tournament of Champions, was T9 at Torrey Pines, T7 in Phoenix and figured out El Chapultepec at the weekend to finish T17 in Mexico. Best of T2 in 2017 when Rickie Fowler won.

Long Odds Glory

Luke List (50/1) and Brendan Steele (125/1) have solid track records around Palm Beach Gardens. List was solo 2nd last year and though Steele didn’t play in 2018, he has three top-15 finishes in a row before that.

Gmac (80/1) needs to make the most of every opportunity that he gets.

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