Following a week where we had the pleasure of seeing the world’s best battle it out in the Accenture Match Play Championship, we head to sunny Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for The Honda Classic. Let’s continue the solid picks this week and go for back to back winners after hitting Matt Kuchar at 35 to 1!
10 of the world’s Top 20 players will be playing this week in Florida (including Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, and Lee Westwood). The Honda Classic has done an excellent job of attracting the Worlds best, especially a stout international contingency. Lets take a closer look at the course the players will be attempting to conquer.
The top players in the world will work their games around PGA National Resort and Spa (Champions Course) redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 2001. The course only plays as a Par 70 and is a total of 7158 yards in length. This course perennially ranks as one of the most difficult out of the 52 courses played by the PGA Tour, mainly due to water hazards. There are 26 water hazards spread out across this course, forcing the players to manage their golf game properly. The wind is also a big reason you will see some large numbers this week.
The course record at PGA National is a blistering 9 under 61 and was achieved by Brian Harman in the 2nd round last season. To go low like Brian did you will need to be accurate on Par 3’s and 4’s, as there are only two par 5’s on the course. Some of the difficult Par 4’s you will enjoy watching the players battle on include Holes 6 and 10.
Hole 6 – Ranked as one of the hardest holes on the course last year playing over Par for the week. This Par 4 will be playing 479 Yards for the players this week and will challenge them off the tee and on their approach. Water lines the entire left hand side of the 6th, forcing many players to bail out right, thus resulting in difficult shots from the rough.
Hole 10 – Another Par 4 that takes two excellent shots to hit the Green in Regulation, the 10th has played as the 4th hardest hole on the course over the past 5 years at an average of 4.2. The 10th will be played anywhere from 500 to 525 yards by the Pro’s this week, forcing many players to hit mid to long irons into the green. Trees line the right side of the hole while a pot bunker at the front of the green will eat plenty of balls up this week.
These holes will not receive anywhere near the attention that the “Bear Trap” will but I feel they will be extremely important.
This Week’s Picks For The Honda Classic
Chris Kirk 60 TO 1 – Our first selection this week is a 27 year old from Atlanta, Georgia. Kirk has started off his 2013 campaign in style by finishing in the Top 5 twice already (has played 5 events). Kirk has the ability the ability to hit the ball very nicely off the tee as he ranks 31st in Total Driving, but I feel it will be his short game on display this week. Kirk is 13th on Tour for Scrambling at just a shade under 70%, with his terrific putting as the main reason he gets it up and down so often. Kirk ranks 11th on Tour for Strokes Gained through Putting. Chris would obviously love to be playing just down the road from where he was born come April 11th in The Masters. He will most likely need a victory over the next month to achieve his dream, and I feel PGA National sets up very well for him to do just that. He has made the cut in both of his starts here and I am confident he will be in the mix on the weekend.
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