2023 Honda Classic Tips
Starts: 23rd February 2022
Course: PGA National (Champion), Florida
Length: 7,125 yards
2022 Champion: Sepp Straka
Designer: Fazio (Nicklaus re-design in 1990 & 2014)
Used Since: 2007
Rough: Bermuda (2 inch)
Greens: TifEagle Bermuda (12 stimp)
Water Hazards: On 14 holes
Par 5's: 3rd & 18th
Premium on: Approach Play
After two elevated events in a row, we see a significantly weaker field this week as the top players take a rest before The Players Championship in a few weeks.
Sunny. Max 14mph winds forecast
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Sunny. Max 11mph winds forecast
Since the Jack Nicklaus course alterations in 2014, the winning score has been between -6 and -12. Sepp Straka won with -10 last year
Each of the past ELEVEN champions have played this event at least once before winning. Avoid debutants. Six of the last nine winners had recorded a top 13 finish at the Honda prior to their win. Sepp Straka hadn't, although had two top 40's in his two previous starts.
Sepp Straka was 15th at the Genesis prior to his win. Neither of the previous three champions had recorded a top 25 in their previous two starts. However, the three winners before them all recorded a top 10 in their last start prior to Honda. Recent form can be seen as an advantage but not necessary.
The world ranking of the past seven champions have been 176-83-34-161-4-14-13. Keith Mitchell and Sepp Straka were the two outside the top 100 and they have both since become top 50 players.
Five of the last eleven winners have been American.
SG: Off The Tee
The last five winners have ranked 1-10-15-21-23. A lot of importance off the tee here.
The last seven winners have ranked 15-23-74-12-2-7-11. In general, distance is a definite advantage.
The last seven winners have ranked 1-27-21-89-103-24-14. Helps, but not essential.
The last five winners have ranked 20-7-5-7-2. Accurate approach play is crucial here.
SG: Around The Green
The last five winners have ranked 25-2-9-8-29. A tidy short game is a big advantage on this tough course.
The last seven winners have ranked 4-25-58-57-39-28-31. A hot putter isn't essential
In-Play Golf Betting Advice
Although The Bear Trap (15-17) is infamous, the 14th played as the toughest hole last year.
The par 5's (3rd and 18th) play as the easiest holes. The easiest hole outside of those is the short par 4 13th.
Holes 15-17, collectively known as The Bear Trap, are a tough stretch of holes. The 18th offers a birdie opportunity.
Fast or Slow Start
We've seen winners get off to fast starts and recover from slow starts at PGA National. Sepp Straka won last year after being seven shots back after round one whilst Sungjae Im won in 2020 having been 63rd after round 1. Four of the last six winners have been in the top 20 after round one though.
2023 Honda Classic Tips