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Berger favored over defending champ at Honda

by Will Gray
Updated On: March 16, 2021, 4:23 am ET

Six years after losing a playoff at PGA National, Daniel Berger returns to the Honda Classic as the betting favorite.

Berger was an unheralded local product when he surprised many with his play at this event in 2015, reaching a playoff before losing to three-time major champ Padraig Harrington. His career has blossomed since, with a Presidents Cup berth to go along with four PGA Tour victories. The most recent of those came just last month at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and Berger returns to his de facto home game on a run of four top-10s in his last six starts including a T-9 finish last week at The Players.

That recent form is a big reason why Berger is the top man on the odds chart at this event, where he finished T-4 a year ago. He's listed at +1000 according to PointsBet Sportsbook, just ahead of defending champ Sungjae Im (+1200) who earned his first career Tour victory here a year ago. Fresh off two straight runner-up finishes, Lee Westwood is next at +2000 along with Chilean phenom Joaquin Niemann.

Here's a look at some of the other notable odds this week at Honda, which is missing some of its traditional starpower in its new spot on the calendar directly following the Tour's flagship event:

Odds to win Honda Classic (via PointsBet)

+1000: Daniel Berger

+1200: Sungjae Im

+2000: Lee Westwood, Joaquin Niemann

+2200: Adam Scott

+2500: Shane Lowry

+2800: Russell Henley

+3000: Talor Gooch

+4000: Brendan Steele, Cameron Davis, Cameron Tringale, Chris Kirk

+5000: Doug Ghim, Dylan Frittelli, J.T. Poston, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer, Matt Wallace, Rickie Fowler

+6000: Alex Noren, Brandon Wu, Byeong-Hun An, Erik van Rooyen, Ian Poulter, Wyndham Clark

+6600: Mackenzie Hughes, Russell Knox

+7000: Adam Hadwin, Aaron Wise, Kevin Streelman, K.H. Lee, Luke List, Matt Jones, Michael Thompson, Ryan Moore

+8000: Chez Reavie, Adam Long, Harold Varner III, Jhonattan Vegas, Richy Werenski, Zach Johnson

+9000: Harry Higgs, Henrik Norlander, James Hahn, Patton Kizzire, Phil Mickelson, Tom Hoge, Will Gordon

+10000: Denny McCarthy, Keith Mitchell, Lucas Glover, Matthew NeSmith, Maverick McNealy, Nick Taylor, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Rory Sabbatini

 

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Will Gray

Will Gray manages betting, fantasy and DFS content for NBC Sports EDGE across Golf, Soccer and NASCAR. He has covered the PGA Tour since 2013 and regularly contributes golf betting insight and analysis across multiple digital platforms. Gray has been with NBC Sports since 2007 and recently served as a writer, video analyst and podcast host for Golf Channel. You can follow him on Twitter @WillGrayGC