The PGA Tour leaves the west coast and heads east, with the Honda Classic taking place at the PGA National Champion Course in Florida.
This matters. Apart from different climatic conditions, the greens tend to planted with different varieties of grass. Some players tend to play well in California, others prefer the east coast, and Florida in particular.
A couple of names spring immediately to mind. Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy are both now based in Florida and both have won this tournament in the last five years. Fowler is in fact the defending champion. Both much prefer playing on this coast, but both are still too inconsistent to be worth short prices in this sort of field.
Instead we’ll look a little further down the card. Daniel Berger was born and is based in Florida. He has shown previous form on this course when losing a playoff in 2015. Yes, it’s true he missed the cut last time out, but a return to familiar conditions could easily spark better play. At 50/1, we’ll take that chance.
Our second selection is Kevin Kisner. Also southern born, this time in South Carolina, Kisner has made his feelings well known about the poa annua grass frequently used on greens on the west coast. He doesn’t like it! We’ll take the 55/1 on offer that this class player bursts back to form.
Berger 0.5 pts each way at 50/1, 1/4 the odds for first five places, bet365
Kisner 0.5 pts each way at 55/1, 1/4 the odds for first five places, bet365
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