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24th Feb 2020 | Honda Classic

Honda Classic Golf Trends

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One of the toughest challenges on the PGA Tour; we look at the trends of past Honda Classic winners.

The PGA National’s Champion Course has hosted the Honda Classic since 2007 and is a stern test; last year it was the toughest non-major course on tour. The notorious ‘Bear Trap’ comprising holes 15-17 has claimed many victims over the years.

Let us look at the trends of past winners hoping to find some pointers this time round.

Top-60 on tour for adjusted scoring average
The Honda Classic is a tough test and the cream usually rises to the top. Eight of the last eleven winners ranked inside the top-60 on tour for adjusted scoring average.

Top-60 on tour tee-to-green
The tournament is generally won tee-to-green, a common theme on tough courses. Ryan Palmer made the play-off in 2014 despite being in the red for strokes gained putting. Nine of the last eleven winners have ranked inside the top-60 for this metric.

Top-60 on tour with approach shots
Six of the last eleven winners have ranked inside the top-60 on tour for strokes gained with approaches to the green. There have been some outliers too but it could prove a useful indicator. 

Players that fit all three trends:
Corey Conners
D.J. Trahan
Harris English
Jim Furyk
Joaquin Niemann
Russell Knox
Sungjae Im
Tom Hoge
Viktor Hovland

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