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2022 Honda Classic: Preview, Betting Picks and Favorites

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
2022 Honda Classic Preview Betting Picks and Favorites

2022 Honda Classic – World-class golf action will take place at the Champion Course of the PGA National Resort and Spa at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, with the 2022 edition of the Honda Classic on February 24-27. More than 130 parbusters will see action in the US$8-million tournament. This kicks off the Tour’s “Florida Swing” with the winner receiving USD$1.44 million. GolfTV and One Sports will broadcast the stroke-by-stroke action while LivePGATour.net will feature the tournament via livestream.

Matt Jones is back to defend the title he won last year. But, he will have his hands full against the likes of former US Open champions Brooks Koepka and Gary Woodland, former Augusta Masters winners Patrick Reed and Danny Willett and then-British Open champions Henrik Stenson and Shane Lowry. Jimmy Walker, who won the 2016 PGA Championship, and two-time major champion and former world number one Martin Kaymer are also on the list of contenders for the four-day event. The tournament will be covered by the top PGA Tour betting website in the world from the first tee until the last shot.

Betting on 2022 Honda Classic Viewing Information

When: February 24-27, 2022
Where: PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
TV: Golf TV
Livestream: LivePGATour.net

The Event

Founded in 1972 as the Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic, the event was first won by Tom Weiskopf by one stroke over Jack Nicklaus. A year later, National Airlines takes over as the sponsor and the name was changed to Jackie Gleason-National Airlines Classic. Lee Trevino won the said tournament over Forrest Fezler. However, a year later, it reverted to the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic and stayed like this until 1980. Winners include Nicklaus (two times), Larry Nelson, Johnny Miller, Bob Murphy and Leonard Thompson. No tournament in 1976 as it plays host to the Tournament Players Championship. In 1981, American Motors took over as sponsor for a year before Honda signed up as event hosts. In those three years, Hale Irwin and Tom Kite won their first titles. Then, Miller won his second title in 1983.

In 1984, they rename the tournament to Honda Classic and it stayed there. Some of the golfers who emerged victorious during that span were two-time major champion Mark O’Meara, three-time major winner Vijay Singh, 1989 British Open champ Mark Calcavecchia, three-time winner Nick Price, former Masters champ Fred Couples, US Open titlist Corey Pavin and two-time US Open king Curtis Strange. Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, Yang Yong-eun, Justin Thomas, Todd Hamilton and Justin Leonard were the other major champions who also won at The Honda Classic. Fifteen-time major champion Tiger Woods tried his luck in the Honda Classic but his best finish in second place in 2012. Last year, Matt Jones shot a 12-under 268 and won by five strokes over Brandon Hagy.

Betting on Golf at 2022 Honda Classic

Over 130 golfers will take part in the 72-hole tournament that kicks off the US PGA Tour’s “Florida Swing.” A star-studded field composed of former major champions, young up-and-comers and grizzled veterans will take part in The Honda Classic and it is expected to be tight and exciting. Major winners and former world number one golfers, as well as big-time upstarts will compete for the top prize. Koepka, Reed and Thomas are favored due to their consistent showing in PGA tournaments this season so as Scott and defending champion Jones. Veterans like Stenson, Lowry and Willett can also pull off victories if they stay in the hunt. However, the season has surprises and expects little-known parbusters to stun the field and win the title.

Pick

Thomas is expected to be the favorite to win in The Honda Classic, US golf oddsmakers said. He has been consistent from the start of the season and a victory would cement his special year. Koepka and Reed are also in the running for a tournament title but they need to beat some of the big guns competing in the event.