Sleeper Picks for the 2021 Honda Classic
The absence of so many household names opens up a lot of doors on the PGA Tour this week. Just one guy ranked inside the top-15 is here (Daniel Berger, #15), but that won’t stop the tournament committee from handing out the crystal.
With none of the top-10-ranked players in the world teeing it up at PGA National, it’s the perfect time to lock in a few sleeper picks for The Honda Classic.
After scoping the odds and multiple sportsbooks, here’s where I’ll be allocating a small portion of my funds.
Dylan Frittelli +5500
After a disastrous finish on Saturday at THE PLAYERS (+4 on his final three holes), I was intrigued to see how Dylan Frittelli would respond on Sunday. Five birdies and no bogeys through his first 11 holes answered all of my questions.
Choosing to play at the Champion Course at PGA National every year he’s been eligible is a good sign – it tells me that Frittelli eagerly awaits the challenge that this golf course presents. The standout at the University of Texas at Austin has proven himself in the wind, and he’s carrying lots of positive vibes.
Dylan led the field last week in strokes gained around the green and finished 7th in SG: Tee-to-Green. 11th here in 2018.
Brandon Wu +6000
I’ve been touting Stanford products as sleeper picks all season long – offering a heavy dose of material supporting the likes of Maverick McNealy and Patrick Rodgers. Now it’s time to introduce Brandon Wu for the first time.
The 2020 Korn Ferry Tour Championship winner has only teed it up four times (in OWGR-sanctioned events) since October, but you have to go beyond that time frame to find the last time he played poorly.
|Brandon Wu – Last Four Starts Worldwide|
|Date||Tour||Tournament||Score to Par||Result|
|2/28/21||PGA Tour||Puerto Rico Open||-14||T7|
|2/21/21||Korn Ferry Tour||LECOM Suncoast Classic||-8||T14|
|10/11/20||Korn Ferry Tour||Orange Country National Championship||-22||T2|
|10/04/20||Korn Ferry Tour||Savannah Golf Championship||-17||T10|
Already making the most of his chances on the PGA Tour, Wu is destined to do big things thanks to an honest and well-thought approach.
Luke List +7500
“Listed” at +7500 at BetUS, I’m all about sprinkling a few bucks on Luke List as one of my Honda Classic sleepers.
It’s true that List is a bomber who uses his driver as a weapon, but he’s demonstrated he’s a good fit for the Champion Course. Case in point – Luke cracked the top-10 here in 2016 and lost in a playoff to Justin Thomas at the 2018 Honda Classic. His heavy strike (consistently flushes it) bodes well for the swirling winds in Palm Beach Gardens.
Luke is coming off a missed cut at TPC Sawgrass, but he threw a dart into 18 from 185 yards on Friday to at least make things interesting (missed the cut by one).
Ryan Moore +8000
He’s been relatively quiet and he’s not a regular at the Champion Course, but don’t sleep on Ryan Moore throwing his hat into the ring. 26th at Pebble Beach and 35th at THE PLAYERS in his last two starts, Moore rolled in a 12-footer on his 36th hole last week just to earn a tee time for the weekend.
Remember, being one of the shorter hitters won’t hinder Ryan this week as it does at some other venues. Instead, Moore can utilize his tremendous short game and ability to work the balls both ways to surge into contention
More Honda Classic Betting Picks in 2021
Are you intrigued by any of these Honda Classic sleeper picks?
In what could turn out to be a race to get to 10-under-par, you don’t have to restrict yourself to betting on the favorites. There’s no question that an underdog can claim the throne this week – Keith Mitchell showed us that was possible in 2019.
On the flip side, one of the bigger names in the field has piqued my interest quite a bit. Additional intel regarding Joaquin Niemann can be accessed below.