2018 Honda Classic - Predictions & TV Schedule

This page provides TV schedule and predictions for the 2018 Honda Classic. The event is contested on the PGA National Champion Course which features the famous Bear Trap. The defending champion is Rickie Fowler. The 2018 Honda Classic is scheduled for February 22-25 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

TV Schedule
*Subject to change, error

February 22 - Round 1 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
February 23 - Round 2 - Golf Channel (3 PM ET)
February 24 - Round 3 - CBS (3 PM ET) *Golf Channel (1 PM ET)
February 25 - Final Round - CBS (3 PM ET) *Golf Channel (1 PM ET)

Trends / Predictions

✪ In the Florida Swing, winds and inclement weather often play a big role in determining the winner. (The current forecast calls for very strong winds throughout this week.) These elements are even more important 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 hence finish strongly. Rickie Fowler, who is one of the best wind players on tour, showed his prowess last year winning the title by four shots.

Best Wind Players: Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Tommy Fleetwood, Alex Noren, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott
Former champions (in field): R. Fowler, A. Scott, Padraig Harrington (2), Russell Henley, Michael Thompson, Rory McIlroy, Rory Sabbatini, Camilo Villegas, Luke Donald, Vijay Singh

✪ Due to unpredictable weather and the course's difficulty, few players have enjoyed repeated success at this event. Since the tournament moved to PGA National Champion Course in 2006, no player has won the title more than once. (Padraig Harrington won the first of his two titles at a different venue.) In theory, a strong tee-to-green player should do well on this course. The ability to avoid hazards is important, because water is everywhere on this course.

Best Records: Padraig Harrington (2 wins, only 1 on this course), Rory McIlroy (1 win, 1 runner-up), Luke Donald (1 win, 4 top-10s on this course)
SG Tee-to-Green: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Adam Scott, Alex Noren, Chesson Hadley, Keegan Bradley
Driving Accuracy: Ryan Armour, Brian Stuard, Kevin Kisner, Brian Harman, Russell Henley
GIR: Rafa Cabrera Bello, Gary Woodland, C.T. Pan, Adam Scott, Brian Harman

✪ Only one player (Michael Thompson) has won this title for his lone PGA Tour win. This shows that experience really matters at the Honda Classic and it is unlikely for an unheralded player to win here. European players like Alex Noren and Rafa Cabrera Bello are obviously the exceptions, since they have won multiple times in Europe but are unfamiliar to American fans.

World Rankings: Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood
Confidence Index: 1. Rickie Fowler 2. Tommy Fleetwood 3. Sergio Garcia 4. Brian Harman 5. Rory McIlroy

Prediction: Rafa Cabrera Bello wins 2018 Honda Classic 

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