PGA National is the venue once again for the Honda Classic this week, a venue that played the toughest outside of the majors in 2011. Scoreboards down the years resemble that of major competition and avoiding mistakes is the premium over making birdies, especially down the stretch which includes the infamous Honda Classic "Bear trap". Ball striking, patience, accuracy and intelligent play will all be key factors at this year's Honda Classic
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2012 Honda Classic Picks
Pick 1: 0.75pts e/w Justin Rose @ 33/1 Ladbrokes - £50 free bet
T3 at the Honda Classic in his last outing at PGA National in 2010, T13 at the NT Open two weeks ago and ranking T22 in par 4 performance in 2011, Rose grabs my attention here due to his high ball flight and ability to stay out of trouble. Approach shots will be difficult at the Honda Classic this week and those with the ability to get the ball to land softer will have an advantage.
Pick 2: 0.5pts e/w Mark Wilson @ 50/1 Ladbrokes - £50 free bet
As steady as they come, Mark Wilson is a former winner of the Honda Classic at PGA National. He has four top twenties this year already including a win at the Humana and a third in last week's WGC matchplay where his all round game looked solid. Wilson ranks 4th in GIR% this year and 11th in the all round and as mentioned, keeping mistakes off the card will be key this week.
Pick 3: 0.5pts e/w Robert Allenby @ 40/1 Ladbrokes - £50 free bet
A very obvious choice this week coming off the back of an eight hole playoff loss on a course that didn't play too dissimilar to how PGA National will set up. Allenby is a regular feature on the Honda Classic Leaderboard down the years with multiple top tens and it's hardly surprising given he's been one of the best in the game from tee to green in the last fifteen years. Course knowledge will give him a big advantage here.
Pick 4: 0.5pts e/w YE Yang @ 40/1 Ladbrokes - £50 free bet
Continuing the theme of solid, intelligent players, Yang has posted a Honda Classic win and a 2nd place finish here in the last three years; the course obviously sets up brilliantly for his game. Signs of form beginning to creep into his swing this year and always one to watch for on tough courses.
Pick 5: 0.5pts e/w Robert Karlsson @ 66/1 Ladbrokes - £50 free bet
I'm casting my mind back to the St. Jude last year where Karlsson gave a driving display second to none over the first three rounds. Himself and Frazer blitzed the field in that one and similar to Justin Rose, Karlsson's high ball flight combined with his long hitting are the attributes that stand out for me for the Honda Classic. Game looked in good shape last week, demolishing Jacobsen in the matchplay. Mental toughness and experience should stand Karlsson in good stead. Big e/w price with 6 places on offer.
Honda Classic Sleeper Pick
Pick 6: 0.25pts Charlie Wi e/w @ 80/1 (bodog - 6 places) Two top 10's at the Honda Classic in the last three years and posted a solo 2nd at Pebble Beach, Wi's consistent striking and experience may make this price look a little large come Sunday night.
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