2022 Honda Classic Odds & Betting Pick: Brooks Koepka Headlines Field, But Sungjae Im is Favored

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2022 Honda Classic Odds

Odds via BetMGM.

Sungjae Im+1200
Daniel Berger+1600
Joaquin Niemann+1800
Louis Oosthuizen+1800
Brooks Koepka+2000
Tommy Fleetwood+2000
Billy Horschel+2200
Shane Lowry+2500
Cameron Tringale+2800
Keith Mitchell+3300
Alex Noren+3500
Brian Harman+4000
Christiaan Bezuidenhout+4000
Matthew Wolff+4000
Mito Pereira+4000
Aaron Wise+5000
Cameron Young+5000
Chris Kirk+5000
Denny McCarthy+5000
Gary Woodland+5000
Jhonattan Vegas+5000
Mackenzie Hughes+5000
Matt Jones+5000
Russell Knox+5000
Taylor Moore+5000
Patrick Reed+5000
K.H. Lee+6600
Nicolai Hojgaard+6600
Charles Howell III+6600
Lee Westwood+6600
Lucas Glover+6600
Rickie Fowler+6600
Ryan Palmer+6600
Brendon Todd+6600
C.T. Pan+6600
Aaron Rai+8000
Garrick Higgo+8000
Greyson Sigg+8000
Ian Poulter+8000
Michael Thompson+8000
Zach Johnson+8000
Dylan Frittelli+8000
Lucas Herbert+8000
Mark Hubbard+8000
Stewart Cink+8000
Taylor Pendrith+8000
Alex Smalley+10000
Brendan Steele+10000
Chad Ramey+10000
Davis Riley+10000
Hudson Swafford+10000
Lee Hodges+10000
Martin Kaymer+10000
Nick Taylor+10000
Sam Ryder+10000
Sepp Straka+10000
Adam Svensson+12500
Austin Smotherman+12500
Beau Hossler+12500
David Lipsky+12500
Doug Ghim+12500
Harry Higgs+12500
J.J. Spaun+12500
Kevin Streelman+12500
Matthew NeSmith+12500
Matthias Schwab+12500
Patrick Rodgers+12500
Rory Sabbatini+12500
Ryan Armour+12500
Satoshi Kodaira+12500
Camilo Villegas+15000
Danny Willett+15000
Doc Redman+15000
Hayden Buckley+15000
Henrik Stenson+15000
J.T. Poston+15000
John Huh+15000
Kramer Hickok+15000
Vince Whaley+15000
Dylan Wu+15000
Kevin Tway+15000
Nate Lashley+15000
Sung Kang+15000
Adam Schenk+20000
Brian Stuard+20000
Brice Garnett+20000
Charl Schwartzel+20000
Hank Lebioda+20000
Kyle Stanley+20000
Nick Hardy+20000
Padraig Harrington+20000
Peter Uihlein+20000
Robert Streb+20000
Roger Sloan+20000
Trey Mullinax+20000
Tyler Duncan+20000
Brandon Hagy+20000
Andrew Novak+25000
Ben Kohles+25000
Bronson Burgoon+25000
Jared Wolfe+25000
Jason Dufner+25000
Justin Lower+25000
Kiradech Aphibarnrat+25000
Luke Donald+25000
Nick Watney+25000
Stephan Jaeger+25000
Anirban Lahiri+30000
Austin Cook+30000
Bill Haas+30000
Brian Gay+30000
Callum Tarren+30000
Jim Herman+30000
Jimmy Walker+30000
Paul Barjon+30000
Wesley Bryan+30000
Chris Stroud+35000
Curtis Thompson+35000
Kurt Kitayama+35000
Max McGreevy+35000
Richy Werenski+35000
Seth Reeves+35000
Brandon Wu+40000
Brett Drewitt+40000
C. Koepka+40000
David Skinns+40000
Erik Compton+40000
Jim Knous+40000
Joshua Creel+40000
Kelly Kraft+40000
Martin Trainer+40000
Michael Gligic+40000
Seung-Yul Noh+40000
Tyler McCumber+40000
Dawie van der Walt+50000
Grayson Murray+50000
William McGirt+50000
Kyle Westmoreland+100000
Alan Morin+300000
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The PGA TOUR transitions from the West Coast to Florida this week for the Honda Classic. The field doesn’t have the star power that the Waste Management or Genesis did, but there are plenty of potential breakthrough talents who will be in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., this week.

Last season, the Honda Classic was the week after THE PLAYERS, but this week it serves as the transition to Florida without a WGC event during this time of year on the schedule.

The field is headlined by Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka, who seems to be on a mission after calling his world No. 20 ranking “an embarrassment” before a strong showing at the Waste Management Open.

After breaking through at the Genesis Invitational, Joaquin Niemann is in the Honda Classic field. The 23-year-old Chilean was sensational in Los Angeles, getting to 16-under through two rounds en route to a comprehensive victory, his second on TOUR and first since September 2019.

Other noteworthy names in the field include former Honda Classic winners Sungjae Im (2020) and Rickie Fowler (2017), as well as household TOUR names Louis Oosthuizen and Matthew Wolff.

English trio Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood will also be making their 2022 TOUR debuts with the scene shifting to the East Coast.

Past Winners

Matt Jones won last year’s Honda Classic by a whopping five strokes at 12-under, but don’t expect to see that kind of number. Since 2010, only four winners have finished double digits under par. Prior to Jones’ win, only one winner (Fowler) in the previous eight years finished at 10-under or better.

Keith Mitchell is in the field this week and won back in 2019, as is Jones.

The Course

The Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens is not a bomber’s paradise. It measures less than 7,200 yards as a par 70.

Approach play will be most important this week at PGA National. Keeping the ball in the fairway will be hugely important, as well, with water all over the course.

“The Bear Trap” are three infamous holes at the end of a round that can go a long way in deciding the winner. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course has three holes toward the end of a player’s round (Nos. 15-17) that are among the toughest on TOUR, two of which are par 3s.

Early Betting Pick

Shane McNichol: Ryan Palmer: +5000

This week marks a key date in the PGA TOUR calendar. After a string of events on the West Coast, the PGA heads east for a group of events in Florida, all leading up to the Players Championship.

For some players, including many of the world's best, that makes this week a time to pause and rest. None of the top-10 players in the world will tee it up at the Honda Classic, leaving the door open for some names further down the rankings to jump up and collect FedEx Cup points.

In searching for a name who could win this week, I looked for a player who checked a few different boxes, all of which point to Ryan Palmer.

In terms of past success at this course, Palmer fits the bill. He has made the cut in eight of his last nine appearances at this venue, with two top-five and six top-30 finishes in that span.

Also important: Palmer has been playing well of late from tee to green. Per DataGolf, Palmer has been the 12th-best player in the world tee to green by strokes gained over the last three months but hasn't notched a top-five because of lackluster putting (106th in the world in that span).

With his swing in solid form, perhaps the jump to a new side of the country, with a different style of grass where he has played well before, is the answer for this long-time veteran of the TOUR.

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