Sobel’s Honda Classic Round 3 Betting Preview: It’s Still Wide Open


Sam Greenwood/Getty Images. Pictured: Sepp Straka

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Through two rounds of the Honda Classic, we’ve successfully whittled the list of contenders to a trimmed-down 69.

That is, of course, the number of players who made the cut.

On any other week, we’d consider at least half of those players irrelevant entering the weekend, as they’d seemingly have no chance with two rounds left to play.

At the Honda, though, the number of contenders widens to include, well, everyone who has reached the weekend.

Sure, that includes the leaders, but recent history suggests we should similarly look at the players in that realm who might otherwise be playing catch-up.

If you’re looking to pivot from 36-hole leader Brendan Steele — which, by the way, might not be the most prudent play — there are plenty of potential options.

A few names I like: Sepp Straka (+3300), who seems like a Keith Mitchell clone; Charl Schwartzel (+2900), who plays well on tough courses; Sungjae Im (+1400), who is probably too protected for a player who’s never won before; and Daniel Berger (+3100), who was my pre-tournament pick to win.

Round 3 Matchup

Harold Varner (+110) over Kevin Streelman

I understand that Varner has struggled when in possession of — or chasing — the lead, but that shouldn’t completely discredit him for weekend rounds.

He’s striking the ball well right now and I’m banking on his many prior bouts with success finally paying off, as he climbs into contention entering the final round.

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