The 2019 Honda Classic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is the 2019 Honda Classic? Thursday 28th February to Sunday 3rd March, 2019

Where is the 2019 Honda Classic? PGA National Golf Club (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

What is the total prize fund of the 2019 Honda Classic? $6,800,000

What television channel can I watch the 2019 Honda Classic on in the UK? Sky Sports Golf

Where can I stream the 2019 Honda Classic in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the tournament online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for the 2019 Honda Classic? https://www.pgatour.com/tournaments/the-honda-classic/tickets.html

What is the course yardage at the PGA National (Champion)? 7,140 yards (6,529 m)

What is the par at PGA National (Champion)? 70

What is the predicted weather for the 2019 Honda Classic?

THE HISTORY

The Honda Classic has become one of the favourite stops for the players on the calendar with many of the biggest names heading to the first event of the "West Coast Swing." The Honda moved to the current venue in 2007 and has been statistically one of the toughest courses on tour, including major championships. This is in part to Jack Nicklaus’ remake that introduced the famous “Bear Trap”, an intimidating trifecta of holes – 15, 16 and 17 – known as among the most severe three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour.

An average winning total of minus 12 since 2009 proves the difficulty that the Stadium Course possesses. During five of the previous ten editions, the total has been in single digits with a high of just six under par, closer to a U.S. Open rather than a regular tour event.

THE FAVOURITES

Adam Scott

Scott has not won on the PGA Tour for over two years now but during 2016 he did claim the Honda Classic – one of two titles in a two-week span. He has started 2019 in similar fashion to 2016 with a runner-up finish and a top-ten, showing signs that he is close to returning to the winner’s circle. With an average finishing position of tenth at the Honda in his last four starts here, there are few more consistent around this challenging design.

Sergio Garcia

The Spaniard has made headlines in recent weeks for many of the wrong reasons but has demonstrated in the past he produces his best when he has a point to prove. His form is closer to where is was in 2017 when he won the Masters having won on the European Tour at the end of 2018 and has recorded five top-ten finishes from six starts in Europe including a T6 last week in Mexico. A runner-up here in 2016 shows his liking for the course difficulty and his ball-striking skills will suit the layout.

Luke List

A playoff loss here last year to Justin Thomas denied the American his first PGA Tour title. Three top-five finishes in the 2018-19 wrap-around season shows he has the game to finally make a breakthrough and a further top ten here in 2016 proves his game matches up well for the demanding layout.

THE OUTSIDERS

Russell Knox

Six cuts from six starts this year shows the two-time tour winner is producing consistent form with three top-20s to his name. Back-to-back top-three finishes here in 2014 and 2015 proves he has the game to contend around this difficult course, and with wind often being a factor here, this should further serve him well having claimed the Irish Open last year on the European Tour.

Graeme McDowell

The Northern Irishman recorded his best finish on tour in over a year at the RSM Classic in November with a T11 and followed that up with another top-20 during his first PGA Tour start of 2019, recording his best back-to-back finishes on tour in almost two years. A fifth-placed finish here in 2016 followed by a T14 suggests the layout suits his eye and with the former major winner showing some much-needed form, a strong showing this week is on the cards.