Live Free Picks
Home Of 500 Handicappers
You know the Masters is right around the corner on the PGA Tour because the pros being their Florida Swing on Thursday in Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic – Make your PGA golf bets at WagerWeb.com.
The big news here is that Tiger Woods is in the field. It will be Woods’ first professional appearance at PGA National, home of the Honda Classic since 2003. In 1993, Woods played The Honda Classic as an amateur at Weston Hills, where a 72-78 resulted in a missed cut. The Honda Classic is the second of three consecutive starts on TOUR for Woods in 2012. The stretch began with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and ends with the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship.
Woods, who hasn’t won on the PGA Tour in more than two years, had said that he intends to play more tournaments this year than he has in recent seasons and he is making good on that. Tiger can sleep in his own bed as well as his new Jupiter Island compound is only about 30 minutes from the course.
Tiger isn’t the favorite – he’s at +900 on WagerWeb.com – but Rory McIlroy, the runner-up in last week’s Match Play, is at +600. McIlroy could have taken over No. 1 in the world with a win last week but he was beaten soundly by Hunter Mahan. McIlroy has struggled here the past two years, finishing T70 and T40 and over par both times.
Lee Westwood is the +900 second favorite with Tiger. Westwood lost to McIlroy in the Match Play semifinals last week. He has played here the past two years, finishing T29 in 2010 and T9 two years ago.
Here are the past Honda champions in the field: Rory Sabbatini (2011), Camilo Villegas (2010), Y.E. Yang (2009), Ernie Els (2008), Mark Wilson (2007), Padraig Harrington (2005), Justin Leonard (2003), Vijay Singh (1999), Mark Calcavecchia (1998, 1987), Stuart Appleby (1997) and Tim Herron (1996). Last year, Sabbatini shot a final-round 70 on his way to a one-stroke victory over Y.E. Yang. He is +5500 at WagerWeb.com to repeat.
Two big names who aren’t playing this week: Phil Mickelson and world No. 1 Luke Donald.