The PGA Tour continues its trek through Florida this week with the 2021 Honda Classic. Read on to see my prediction for who will win the tournament, as well as my top 10, dark horse, and player to fade predictions.
Winner: Lee Westwood- Westwood has shown the young guns that he still has some gas left in the tank, finishing runner up in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard and THE PLAYERS Championship in back to back starts. The Honda Classic has been one of Westwood’s better tournaments over the years, finishing in the top 10 4 times and never missing a cut in this event in 7 career starts. Westwood hasn’t won on the PGA Tour since 2010, but you can’t tell by how he’s played lately. Westwood may be viewed by some as a sentimental favorite, but I believe all signs point to him this week for a win.
Top 10: Russell Henley- Henley has seen a nice resurgence in his game this season, with 2 top 5’s and 7 top 30 results in 11 starts. Henley previously won this tournament in 2014 and has had 4 top 25 results in 8 starts to go against only 1 missed cut. If Henley can put together 4 solid rounds this week, he will have a chance down the closing stretch for his 3rd top 10 of the year.
Dark horse: Wyndham Clark- Although Clark is coming off of back to back missed cuts, he has shown some recent form, making each of the last 5 cuts before that, including a T-8 at The Genesis Open. Clark has also played excellent in this event, finishing T-11 here last year and T-7 in 2019. I don’t see Clark as being a threat to win, but I believe he can very well punch home a top 25 finish by week’s end.
Player to fade: Keegan Bradley- Although Bradley has had 3 top 30 finishes in his last 4 starts, including a top 10 finish at The Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard, the Champion Course at PGA National has not been kind to him of late. Bradley has 3 top 12 finishes in this event, but none have come since 2014. Since then, he has missed the cut in 4 of his 5 starts here. Bradley is almost certain for a missed cut here yet again.