|Written by Michael|
Bet on GolfThe PGA Tour visits Florida this weekend for the Honda Classic.
The defending champion here is Camilo Villegas, but this year features a very competitive field, including World #2 Less Westwood, as well as World #3 Luke Donald. Obviously, this is the Year of the Europeans, who are dominating the World rankings, and they are expected to make a strong showing in Florida.
Remember the days when American golfers were always on top of the World rankings? Not anymore, as players from Europe are now a dominant force in the sport of professional golf. Phil Mickelson is expected to be as lacking in consistency as ever, and Tiger Woods is still showing no signs of coming out of his year-plus slump. The top American golfer is likely Matt Kuchar, who is listed at 17-1.
Thus, the Europeans are coming to rule the professional golf world, and sportsbook golf odds confirm this fact. Westwood is the 11-1 favorite to win the Honda Classic, while Donald is a very respectable second choice, listed at 13-1.
Donald is also coming off of a strong showing last weekend in Arizona, winning the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He was listed as the No. 3 seed, so his victory was not entirely unanticipated. The real question is whether he can keep that momentum going into this weekend in Florida. Donald won the Honda Classic in 2006 and holds the course record at PGA National.
Lee Westwood was the No. 1 seed at the WGC-Accenture, but was eliminated by Nick Watney in the second round. He has had more time to rest than Donald, and may have the edge at the Honda Classic.
Two other Europeans, Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy will also be playing this weekend. McDowell is listed at 14-1, and was the No. 2 seed in Arizona last weekend.
After all these World #2 and World #3 seeds, you may be asking who and where is the No. 1 ranked player? Martin Kaymer is not playing in the Honda Classic. Tiger Woods and Mickelson are also taking this weekend off. All three ended last weekend with disappointing results.