The Honda Classic is the first event on the East coast after a series of tough events on the West. Many names in golf have decided to skip this event and be prepared for a few upcoming events in Florida. Some big names are still present, which is much better than it was last year.
With that being said, this opens the door to anyone that is needing a win and is not expected to win. In addition, this could also help your pockets if an underdog finds a way to win. Check out below to see if your favorite underdog has a shot at winning it all.
Date: Feb 24–27, 2022
Course: PGA National Resort & Spa – The Champion Course
Catch this on: GOLF, NBC
Top 10 Underdogs to Win
The market believes these ten golfers outside of the favorites have the best chance to win this event. Many underdogs have a solid record in recent years, which definitely helps their odds. Courtesy of DraftKings, the following odds are currently at:
- Alex Noren +3100
- Keith Mitchell +3400
- Matthew Wolff +3400
- Russell Knox +4100
- Christiaan Bezuidenhout +4100
- Patrick Reed +4100
- Rickie Fowler +4100
- Jhonattan Vegas +4100
- Nicolai Hojgaard +4100
- Mito Pereira +4100
Underdogs that Could Win
Christiaan Bezuidenhout is currently ranked the 58th best golfer in the world. He is coming off of mixed results, with a T14 finish at the AT&T Pebble Beach and then a mixed cut at the Genesis Invitational. If his iron play is on, he has a great shot at winning the tournament.
Mito Pereira might offer one of the bigger paydays in the field if he is able to win. He recently tied for 15th at the Genesis Invitational, which featured one of the best fields to date. If he can perform well against top-quality golfers, then he has a chance to dominate here.
Alex Noren, currently ranked the 67th best in the world, plays on both the PGA and European Tour. He recently put up a T39 finish at the Farmers Insurance Open and a T48 at the Genesis Invitational. He averages a score of 70.78, which could be just enough to keep him in contention if the field is having a bad day.
Matthew Wolff has dropped to the 35th best golfer in the world after mixed results to start the year. Although not very active to start the season, he has what it takes to surprise at this event. If he is mentally healthy, then he definitely has a good chance to take home a victory.
Potential Winning Underdog
Patrick Reed is the best-ranked golfer out of the current group above. He is currently at the 28th spot in the world and has some solid performances this year.
His best performance was a T15 at the Tournament of Champions back in January. If he is having a good day, he could take over this event with his solid iron play and decent ball striking.