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2017 Honda Classic Predictions

Who will win the 2017 Honda Classic? This event is contested on the PGA National Champion Course which features the famous Bear Trap. Our research staff offers winner predictions and analysis. The 2017 Honda Classic is scheduled for February 23-26 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Analysis

Adam Scott
JScore: 5
Pros
⦿ Defending champion.
⦿ Excellent record in the Florida Swing, two wins last year.
⦿ T11 at the Genesis Open.
Cons
⦾ Only second start on the PGA Tour this year.

Sergio Garcia
JScore: 5
Pros
⦿ Runner-up at last year's Honda Classic.
⦿ Won the Dubai Classic over Henrik Stenson two weeks ago.
⦿ Course compatibility is high.
Cons
⦾ T49 last week.

Rickie Fowler
JScore: 4
Pros
⦿ T4 at the Phoenix Open, two top-10s in three starts this season.
⦿ Finished T6 at the National Club in 2016.
⦿ Game fits well with windy conditions.
Cons
⦾ Last win on tour was the 2015 Players.

Charles Howell III
JScore: 2
Pros
⦿ Outstanding form, seven top-15s in this young season.
⦿ Many starts at the Honda Classic.
Cons
⦾ Only one top-10 finish in about a dozen starts.

Thomas Pieters
JScore: 2
Pros
⦿ A rising star with a powerful game.
⦿ Tied for second at the Genesis Open in his first start on the PGA Tour this year.
Cons
⦾ Course debut.

Predictions

🏆Winner: Sergio Garcia. In the Florida Swing, winds play a big role in determining the winner. (The current forecast calls for rain and strong winds in the first two rounds of this year's Honda Classic.) These elements will be even more important here at PGA National Champion Course, which features Jack Nicklaus's famed Bear Trap -- a stretch of formidable closing holes that regularly challenge the top players. The best wind players tend to handle the Bear Trap well and Garcia is one of them. The Spanish star enjoys a fine record on Florida courses, winning a Players title and recording numerous top-10 finishes. He was also the runner-up at last year's Honda Classic, narrowly lost the title to Adam Scott by one shot. Garcia comes to the event in good form having won the Dubai Classic two weeks ago over world no. 4 Henrik Stenson. A win here will put him in the elite list of early favorites for the Masters.

💳Top 10 Finish: Luke Donald. 2017 is shaping up to be a resurgent year for the former top-ranked player. The Englishman has finished in the top 25 the last two PGA Tour starts including a T17 at windswept Genesis Open. Donald is returning to a course he has enjoyed great success. Although he won the 2006 Honda Classic on a different course, he has four top-10 finishes at the current venue. This is noteworthy since few players have enjoyed repeated success at this event. Two years ago, Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic to return to form. We could see the same thing this week with Luke. At the very least, another top 10 finish is not out of the question.

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