See below as we run through the tournaments for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and 32Red’s Jack Milner.
- Championship Course, PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens
- First staged in 1972
- Current champion is Justin Thomas
OVERVIEW: Traditionally one of the richest tournaments on the PGA Tour, it is normally the first stop in Florida of the year which guarantees a high quality line-up with so many players based in the state.
Defending champion Justin Thomas is favourite and along with close friend Rickie Fowler – the winner in 2017 – they are the headline acts of the field. Major winners Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka also line-up to give the event a real high class look.
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- Al Mouj Golf Club, Muscat
- First staged in 2018
- Current champion is Joost Luiten
OVERVIEW: One of six European tournaments to take place on the Asian Peninsula – the Oman Open is a very new event, having been staged for the first time last year.
Dutchman Joost Luiten is the defending champion, and he comes in as favourite ahead of former Ryder Cup stars Thomas Pieters an Ross Fisher.
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The Bookies point of view…
32Red’s Sponsorship manager Jack Milner delivers a weekly verdict on each tournament.
Such is the dearth of talent at the top end of this year’s Honda Classic, that Justin Thomas heads the market as this week’s 5/1 favourite having thrown away a four-shot lead to ultimately lose out to JB Holmes at Riviera ten days ago.
The Kentuckian remains in good form but is arguably too short compared to best friend Rickie Fowler and reigning US Open and PGA Champion Brooks Koepka. The latter appeals of three at their current prices however, so does 2016 winner Adam Scott (16/1) who has staged something of a renaissance in 2019. The Australian has one of the best swings in the game and after recent efforts at Torrey Pines (Second) and Riviera (T7) warrants maximum respect near the head of the market.
The likes of Emilian Grillo and Billy Horschel have already attracted support but at similar prices I’d be willing to chance Kiradech Aphibarnrat at 66/1 with 32Red. He birdied the last three holes at last week’s WGC in Mexico to claim a top-five finish and should be there or thereabouts providing a good start.
Joost Luiten heads the market for the Oman Open and warrants maximum respect for favourite backers in the Middle East. The Dutchman has gradually improved since returning from a wrist injury towards the end of 2018, and shot a brilliant 64 to sneak into the top ten last week in Mexico.
I have followed Thomas Detry off a cliff thus far in 2019 and intend to continue doing so until the Belgian wins a maiden singles title on the European Tour. The 26-year old won golf’s version of the World Cup with close pal Thomas Pieters but is still to clinch that elusive first title. He must go close after a string of performances that warrant him with a much better chance than his odds suggest this week,
The pro’s point of view…
Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.
Two very competitive looking events and for each, the defending champions make compelling cases to win again in the shape of Justin Thomas and Joost Luiten.
The Honda Classic is an excellent event and I expect Rickie Fowler to be up there, but I think Matt Wallace might be in for a very good weekend.
In Oman, and aside from Luiten I find it hard to see past Thomas Pieters.