The Honda Classic Preview 2022

2022 Honda Classic Preview

  • February 21-27
  • Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
  • PGA National (Champion)
    • Par 70
    • 7,125 yards
  • Purse $8 million
    • Winner $1.44 million + 500 FedExCup pts.
  • 144 players
  • 72-hole stroke-play
  • Defending champion Matt Jones

Get the complete list of Honda Classic Winners at the link.

Read about the first Honda Classic / Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic at the link.

TV Times For The 2022 Honda Classic

  • Round 1: 2/24
    • ESPN+ 6:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 2 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 2: 2/18
    • ESPN+ 6:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 2 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 3: 2/29
    • ESPN+ 6:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 1 pm – 3 pm ET
    • CBS 3 pm – 6 pm ET
  • Round 4: 2/20
    • ESPN+ 6:45 am – 6 pm ET
    • Golf 1 pm – 3 pm ET
    • CBS 3 pm – 6 pm ET

Top Odds To Win The Honda Classic

Player Odds 
Sungjae Im 12/1 
Daniel Berger 16/1 
Joaquin Niemann 18/1 
Louis Oosthuizen 18/1 
Billy Horschel 20/1 
Brooks Koepka 20/1 
Tommy Fleetwood 25/1 
Shane Lowry 30/1 
Alex Noren 33/1 
Keith Mitchell 33/1 
Brian Harman 40/1 
Matthew Wolff 40/1 
Jhonattan Vegas 40/1 
Matt Jones 40/1 
Mito Pereira 40/1 

The Florida Swing Begins

  • This week marks the beginning of the PGA TOUR’s Florida Swing
  • Over the next four weeks, the TOUR will play The Honda Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, THE PLAYERS Championship and Valspar Championship.
The fifteenth green at PGA National

The Bear Trap

The “Bear Trap” — Holes 15, 16 and 17 — at PGA National is one of the most difficult stretches of holes on PGA TOUR. The four toughest:

CourseHolesTournamentAverage To Par
Quail Hollow16-18Wells Fargo Champ+0.871
Pebble Beach8-10AT&T Pebble Beach Pro Am+0.651
Muirfield Village16-18The Memorial+0.647
PGA National15-17Honda Classic+0.638

Notes On The Honda Classic Field

Joaquin Niemann

  • 23
  • No. 7 FedExCup
  • No. 20 OWGR
  • Won last week’s Genesis Invitational in wire-to-wire fashion
  • First player to win wire-to-wire since Nick Taylor at the 2020 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • Last to win back-to-back weeks: Patrick Cantlay (2021 BMW Champ. and TOUR Champ.)
  • Best Results This Season
    • Won The Genesis Invitational
    • T5 World Wide Technology Championship
    • T6 Farmers Insurance Open

Louis Oosthuizen

  • No. 122 FedExCup
  • No. 13 OWGR Highest-ranked player in the field (No. 13 Official World Golf Ranking)
  • 13 under-par scores in 13 rounds on TOUR this season
  • Last top-10 on TOUR: 2021 3M Open (T2)
  • Best Results This Season
    • T14 WM Phoenix Open
    • T14 Shriners Children’s Open

Brooks Koepka

  • No. 76 FedExCup
  • No. 15 OWGR One top-10 in eight starts this season (T3/WM Phoenix Open)
  • Finished T2 at the 2019 Honda Classic
  • 128th in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green this season (top 20 in three of last four seasons)
  • Best Results This Season
    • T3 WM Phoenix Open
    • T28 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Sungjae IM

  • No. 5 FedExCup
  • No. 24 OWGR Highest FedExCup position of any player in the field
  • Earned first career PGA TOUR title at the 2020 Honda Classic
  • Fourth in Strokes Gained: Total this season (1.803 per round)
  • Best Finishes This Season
    • Won Shriners Children’s Open
    • T6 Farmers Insurance Open
    • T8 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Cameron Young

  • No. 17 FedExCup.
  • No. 53 OWGR
  • Finished T2 at last week’s Genesis Invitational
  • Can qualify for THE PLAYERS Championship if in the top 50 OWGR after this week
  • Won the AJGA’s 2013 Polo Golf Junior Classic at PGA National
  • Top Finishes This Season
    • T2 The Genesis Invitational
    • T2 Sanderson Farms Championship
    • T20 Farmers Insurance Open
    • T26 WM Phoenix Open

Strength of Field Honda Classic 2022

CategoryNumberTop Ranked/
Most Recent
Top 30 FedEx Cup8Sungjae Im (5)
Top 125 FedEx Cup63
Top 10 OWGR11Louis Oosthuizen (13)
Top 50 OWGR31
PGA TOUR Winners71Zach Johnson (12)
Past Champions9Matt Jones, defending
FedExCup Champions3Bill Horschel (2104) most recent
PLAYERS Champions3Rickie Fowler (2015)
Major winners15Brooks Koepka (4)

2021 Results For The Honda Classic

1Matt Jones-1361706967267
2Brandon Hagy-769627666273
T3Chase Seiffert-667746964274
T3Brendan Steele-673657165274
T3Denny McCarthy-668657467274
T3Russell Henley-664697368274
T3C.T. Pan-667726570274
T8Adam Hadwin-572657068275
T8Camilo Villegas-569657269275
T8Zach Johnson-567687070275
T8Sungjae Im-568686970275
T8Sam Ryder-569637271275

Tournament Records For The Honda Classic

Low 18 Hole Score612 playersmost recent Matt Jones 2021 (r1)
Low 36-hole score1282 playersmost recent: Aaron Wise 2021
Low 54-hole score196Davis Love III2003
Low 72-hole score264Justin Leonard2003
Holes-in-one (1983-present)1414 playersmost recent: Grayson Murray 2003 (R3, No. 17)
Largest 18-hole lead4Mike Sullivan1987
Largest 36-hole lead6Tim Herron1996
Largest 54-hole lead52 playersmost recent, Rory Sabbatini, 2011
Largest margin of victory53 playersmost recent matt Jones, 2021
Best come from behind win7Padraig Harrington2005
Playoffs9Most recent: Justin Thomas def Luke List2018
Wire-to-wire winners1Tim Herron1996

International President’s Cup Team Standings

  • Joaquin Niemann’s win at last week’s Genesis Invitational moved him from 14 to 5 in the international President’s Cup standings. Niemann was a Captain’s Pick in 2019, becoming the first player from Chile to compete.
  • The Honda Classic will feature four players inside the top 10 in the International Presidents Cup Team
    • Sungjae Im (South Korea/3)
    • Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa/4)
    • Joaquin Niemann (Chile/5)
    • Mackenzie Hughes (Canada/7).

The Sponsor

Honda, which was founded in 1948, is a well-known Japanese manufacturer of cars, motorcycles and power equipment.

The company also sponsors the Honda LPGA Thailand.

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