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26th Feb 2019 | 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 ten 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. Eight of the last ten 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:
Adam Scott
Brooks Koepka
Cameron Smith
Daniel Berger
Emiliano Grillo
Gary Woodland
Jim Furyk
Justin Thomas
Lucas Glover
Luke List
Michael Thompson
Scott Piercy
Webb Simpson
Zach Johnson

Luke List to win 40/1 with BetVictor
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