DFS PGA Playbook - The Honda Classic
Drew Phelps explores every Fairway, reads every Green and uses his DFS Golf experience to put together a winning playbook for the Honda Classic.
Not a bad weekend at the Genesis, especially for my optimal lineups. I do wish Dustin Johnson had not sucked so hard on Thursday or it could have been a really profitable weekend. It will be nice to get a change of scenery as the PGA Tour leaves California and heads east to Florida for the next few weeks.
PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida has played host to the Honda Classic since 2007. That means you can ignore everything that happened prior to that year. The winning score has been anywhere between five under to 13 under par but on average, it ends up around eight or nine under. The course is a Par 70 and is not long, measuring out 7,140 yards. There is water all over the course and features extremely narrow fairways. This means, you should be targeting ball-strikers, fairways and greens are the name of the name at PGA National. If these players are missing the greens, scrambling is also a nice skill to have in their bag. Distance is not an advantage this week as this course features holes which force players to lay up. You should be looking to target strong mid and long iron players. The last thing to worry about at PGA National is the wind. I have looked at the forecast and the wind should top out around 15-16 mph this weekend. Marc Leishman and Luke Donald have good history on this course because of their ability to play in windy conditions. There will be bogeys on this course, a lot of them, so be prepared.
If you do sit down and watch the broadcast of the Honda, you will hear plenty about “The Bear Trap.” The Par-3 15th, Par-4 16th, and Par-3 17th at PGA National are affectionally known as "The Bear Trap” because water comes into play on every full shot. These holes are not to be messed with as they are consistently ranked on the PGA Tour’s 50 toughest holes. As I mentioned, bogeys are going to happen this weekend but what these players have to avoid are the blow up holes which can happen at any time.
We’re looking for straight shooters this weekend.
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