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The Honda Classic: Can ‘Koepka kickstart his 2020 calendar’ with win?



The Honda Classic returns this month, with several of the top PGA TOUR golfers chasing glory at the event.

The Palm Beach County PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champions Course plays host to the highly-anticipated competition.

The likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Brooks Koepka and Ricky Fowler will all be in attendance. And they will be looking to clinch success at the 72 hole stroke play, 7,110 yard par 70 course. 

But after a poor Genesis Invitational earlier this month, Tiger Woods will skip The Honda Classic for a second successive year. He is reportedly struggling with a back injury, but current champion Keith Mitchell is making the trip to Florida.


October 8, 2015 – South Korea, Incheon : United States Team Player Jordan Spieth action on the 15th hole during the PGA Presidents Cup round one 4some 5match opening in Jack Nicklaus GC, Incheon.

Mitchell returns to the site of his first ever PGA Tour win, having finished on nine-under par last time out, beating both Fowler and Koepka by just one shot.

But he comes up against other stars of the game in Gary Woodland and Justin Rose among many others this time around.

Both Fowler and Koepka are both 14/1 to go one better in 2020 and win the competition.

But it’s currently Fleetwood at 12/1 who is favourite to lift the scoop the top prize this week.

Others in contention include Rose, Woodland and Louis Oosthuizen at 25/1. Billy Horschel is 28/1 to win the tournament, with Sungjae Im and Viktor Hovland available at 30/1.

Daniel Berger is currently 33/1, while Byeong Hun An and Shane Lowry are 35/1 and 40/1 respectively.

After going close at the World Golf Championships in Mexico last week, South African Erik van Rooyen is currently 50/1 to once again impress and clinch victory this time around.

Looking to cause an upset at 80/1 are Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel. Both Harold Varner III and Rory Sabbatini are outsiders at 100/1.

Matt Jones is currently 7/4 to be the top Australian come Sunday evening, with Fleetwood 11/4 to finish as the top European.

Koepka and Fowler will be battling it out for the top American in the competition. They are currently 15/2 and 9/1 respectively. 

And after a handful of hole in ones arriving in Mexico, it’s currently 6/5 for The Honda Classic to witness one of its own, and 8/11 for the golfers to ultimately come short in the difficult achievement.

The action gets underway on Thursday, with 144 players set to battle it out for the $7 Million purse. The winner not only collects $1,260,000, but 500 valuable FedExCup Points.

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