THIS WEEK: The Honda Classic, Feb. 27-March 1
PGA National Resort (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Par 70, 7,110 yards)
Purse: $7 million (Winner: $1.26 million)
Defending champion: Keith Mitchell
FedEx Cup leader: Justin Thomas
TV: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC)
NOTES: Mitchell sank a 16-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole to beat Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler last year. Fowler won the event in 2017 and returns along with fellow South Florida resident Koepka, who is the lone top-10 player in the field at No. 3. … England’s Tommy Fleetwood at No. 12 is the next highest-ranked player, and the lone player within the Top 20 without a PGA Tour victory to his credit. … Fellow Englishman Justin Rose is in the field for the first time since missing the cut five years ago. … Vijay Singh, now 57, finished solo sixth last year. … Tiger Woods is skipping the event for the second consecutive year.
BEST BETS: Fleetwood (+1100) has four consecutive top-20 finishes worldwide, including a T18 in Mexico last week. This is a ball-striker’s course, and he’s one of the best in that department. … Koepka (+1200) hasn’t played well since returning from knee surgery and admittedly doesn’t get ramped up for non-majors. But he needs to find his form quickly and played very well close to home last year. … Fowler (+1300) also has been inconsistent to start 2020 but has a strong track record at PGA National. … Hovland (+2500) earned his maiden Tour win in Puerto Rico last week. Granted, that was against an alternate field, but he has all the talent to turn that into a launching point. … Sungjae Im (+2800) is still searching for that first win, but the reigning Rookie of the Year held a share of the midway lead last year and is another young star to watch in a generally modest field along with Joaquin Niemann (+5000). … or Daniel Berger (+3000) has top-10s in each of his past two events.
NEXT WEEK: The Arnold Palmer Invitational, Orlando, Fla., March 5-8