Best Matchups Bets for the 2021 Honda Classic

| March 17, 2021 11:28 am PDT

The 144-man field is set for this week’s Honda Classic. Head-to-head matchups have been released, setting the search for “plus-money” picks in full motion. After comparing prices at a handful of sites, I’m locked into a trio of Honda Classic matchup bets.

If you’re looking for a guide to the Champion Course or are interested in some sleepers, check out the links at the bottom of the page. For now, let’s dive head-first into the matchups and start swimming toward the land of value.

Grayson Murray vs. Nate Lashley

Grayson Murray+106
Nate Lashley-127

It’s not surprising to see that Nate Lashley skipped the Honda Classic the last two years. Nate is a west coast guy who makes his hay on easy tracks. And then there are the nightmares from his lone start at PGA National.

The last time Nate teed it up at this event, The Arizona product recorded three bogeys and four doubles en route to shooting 82 (12-over-par). So yeah, I can’t really blame Lashley for not being too amped up about the week ahead.

On the flip side, Murray did play in the Honda Classic in 2019 and 2020; and he made the cut on both occasions. Grayson is riding lots of positive vibes coming off a T3 at the Puerto Rico Open, and here’s some more data alluding to the 27-year-old Srixon staffer being a great fit for this venue.

Murray at +106 in this spot is one of the Honda Classic head-to-head picks I couldn’t wait to hammer.

  • Grayson Murray

Cameron Davis vs. Doug Ghim

Cameron Davis-125
Doug Ghim+105

Notice who else is referenced in the above tweet?

Doug Ghim has gained ground on the field on approach shots in 12 of his last 13 starts, and don’t expect his iron game to flutter in windy conditions. Ghim’s experience playing collegiately in Austin and now living in Las Vegas means he’s one of the guys who isn’t deterred by stiff gales.

To further bring you up to speed on the guy who played in the penultimate pairing with Justin Thomas on Sunday at THE PLAYERS, Doug’s seeking his 7th top-25 of the season, which would equal the number of top-25s produced by guys like Patrick Cantlay and Viktor Hovland.

Bottom line – Doug is brimming with confidence and is in position to continue climbing the ranks.

Studying Cameron Davis as of late, back-to-back MC-Hammers at Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass isn’t the be-all-end-all. However, the 26-year-old Aussie failed to break par in any of the four rounds. His ball-striking is what held him back over the last couple of weeks – that doesn’t bode well for his chances at the Champion Course.

  • Doug Ghim

Brian Stuard vs. Scott Stallings

Brian Stuard+106
Scott Stallings-127

Brian Stuard isn’t a guy I’ll be targeting often when I’m betting golf online, but this is the time to pull the trigger. Armed with a trio of top-25s at the Honda Classic, Stuard’s simple and boring game gets a bump at this golf course. Stuard clocks in 6th on the PGA Tour in driving accuracy and 81st in SG: Around-the-Green. His lack of distance off the tee doesn’t hurt him here like it does at so many other venues.

Meanwhile, Scott Stallings ranks 99th in driving accuracy and a distant 172nd in SG: Around-the-Green. His last top-25 was more than five months ago at the 2020 Safeway Open.

In a nutshell, we don’t need Stuard to play lights-out to cash in on this wager. Simply registering a 72-hole score should be good enough. 

  • Brian Stuard

More Honda Classic Picks for 2021

Do any of these Honda Classic matchup picks catch your attention?

I’m a big advocate of Doug Ghim this week and love his chances of beating Cameron Davis. I like Nate Lashley, but come on. He seems like he’s a lock to be on a flight to Puntacana by Friday night. In terms of Brian Stuard vs. Scott Stallings, it’s hard to imagine Stallings deserves to be listed at -127 against anybody.

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Michael Wynn
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