The West Coast Swing has come to an end and the players have arrived in Florida for this weeks Honda Classic from PGA National. The 7, 158 yard par 70 has one of the most treacherous closing stretches of holes on the Tour. Jack Nicklaus was asked to redesign it back in 1990 and in doing so, came up with the ‘Bear Trap’ which compromises of holes 15, 16 and 17. A staggering 76% of all competitors since 2007 have managed to find the water during these closing holes. That is a very telling stat of how much much havoc these holes cause. Padraig Harrington is back to defend the title he won last year, the Irishman beat Daniel Berger in a play off hole on the 17th after Berger put his ball into the water off the tee and Harrington put his 3 feet from the pin. The Honda Classic always brings in a very strong field and that is primarily due to the fact that most of the best players in the world live in Palm Beach Florida. 19 of the players teeing it up during the weekend live within 45 minutes of PGA National. With a top field and sublime venue, there is reason to believe that the weekends action from PGA National will sizzle as it takes many twists and turns en route to finding a Honda Classic champion.
Adam Scott (+1800 BetOnline.ag)
The Australian enjoyed a serious return to form last week at The Northern Trust Open with a runner up finish. Scott seems to be getting on just fine without the anchor putter and looks likely to start challenging for tournaments again. With one of the best swings and ball striking the game has seen in a while, and a putter that seems to be warming up, Adam Scott will certainly fancy his chances this week in Florida.
Rickie Fowler (+1200 BetOnline.ag)
Rickie Fowler played 36 holes with Michael Jordan on Tuesday and seems to be a magnetic character at the moment. The young Californian is also playing some of the finest golf by anybody on The PGA Tour and will hope to make The Honda Classic his 2nd win of the year. With a new found confidence and highly effective swing, Fowler could be the man to conquer the bear trap this weekend.
Daniel Berger (+6600 BetOnline.ag)
Daniel Berger finished as the runner up last year and was unlucky not to win the event outright. Harrington managed to hole a 13 foot clutch putt to force a play off. A putt most pros would normally sink in those circumstances less than half of the time. The young Berger should draw a lot of confidence from the course where it all began for him and will try go one better this time around by winning the event.
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