Expert Picks: The Honda Classic

by | Golf Blogger

Each week during the official PGA Tour season,'s Kyle Porter will give his best shot at pegging the winner and seeing what other golfers will have a good week. The picks are based on a combination of homework, guesswork and just plain instinct.

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Field | Course Guide | Previous Champions | Schedule Rankings, FedEx Points

PGA National Champion Course -- Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.  

Purse: $6 million

Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy

FedEx Cup Points: 500

TV Schedule

Thursday: GOLF -- 3-6 p.m. ET

Friday: GOLF -- 3-6 p.m. ET

Saturday: GOLF -- 1-3 p.m., NBC -- 3-6 p.m. ET

Sunday: GOLF -- 1-3 p.m. , NBC -- 3-6 p.m. ET

Pick to Win

Justin Rose

Odds: 14 to 1

World Ranking: 6th

He didn't play this tournament in 2011 but his last three finishes here are T5, 3, T15. There's obviously a history and as Will Gray pointed out PGA National doles out wins to guys who can hit greens, and nobody on Tour is better at hitting greens than Justin Rose
Lock for Top 10 finish

Fredrik Jacobson

Odds: 25 to 1

World Ranking: 47th

Just absolutely on fire right now. He's gone T9, T3, T7 in his last three tournaments and has two top 10s at PGA National in the last four years. His 1.287 putting strokes gained per round ranks second on Tour right now (behind Ian Poulter). Combine that with his GIR percentage from 150-175 yards (13th) and 125-150 yards (25th) and Jacobson will be a bear to deal with.

James Hahn

Odds: 100 to 1

World Ranking: 141st

Already has two top five finishes this season and at 100/1 that's about as good a value as you can hope for here. Hahn has been magnificent on par-5 holes this season, ranking second on Tour in scoring at -45 so far. Last year's winner, Ror McIlroy, birdied the two par-5 holest at PGA National five of the eight times he played them. That will be key to Hahn's success.
Bet I love

European to win tournament

Odds: 5 to 2

Europe is overdue for a winner this year. Dating back to last season, Americans have won nine straight tournaments. America started the year hot last year too, but Rory McIlroy ended the streak at this very tournament and Europeans would go on to win three of four tournaments. I look for somebody to do the same again this year.
Head to head
PropBovada OddsPorter's Pick
Tiger Woods vs. Rory McIlroy Woods (-130) McIlroy(EVEN) Woods
Justin Rose vs. Charl Schwartzel Schwartzel (-115) Rose (-115) Rose
Fredrik Jacobson vs. Graeme McDowell Jacobson (-115) McDowell (-115) Jacobson
Keegan Bradley vs. Jason Day Bradley (-115) Day (-115) Bradley
Charles Howell III vs. Rickie Fowler Howell (-110) Fowler (-120) Howell


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