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US PGA Tour 2019: The Honda Classic Preview

- 12:02, 27th February 2019
Justin Thomas looks to be strong value for the first round leader.


The PGA Tour heads over to Palm Beach Gardens in Florida this week for the Honda Classic and another star-studded line-up, headed by world number three Justin Thomas, is set to do battle in the Sunshine State.

The Honda Classic Preview

Age and ranking mean nothing when it comes to form

Scott Piercy to win @ 55/1 - BET NOW

Piercy may be sitting down at 106 in the world rankings but the American has been showing some consistent form over the past few weeks and he arrives in Florida after a mini rest.

The 40-year-old, who landed his fourth PGA Tour title at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans last year, finished tied-10th in his most recent outing at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California.

He now has three top-20 finishes in 2019, having produced positive performances at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and Sentry Tournament of Champions, and the Las Vegas-born star looks primed to strike this week.

Piercy also has some decent course form, having ended up in a share of 17th last year, and there is every chance everything could click together this week to deliver a fifth title on the US circuit.

Glover has impressed in recent months

Lucas Glover to win @ 66/1 - BET NOW

Another player sporting big odds this week is world number 108 Glover and he looks well worth a punt at 66/1 based on his performances over the past couple of months.

The 2009 US Open champion finished tied-seventh at Pebble Beach on his latest outing and he now has six top-20 results from his last seven appearances, the only blemish being a missed cut at the Phoenix Open.

Glover's ball-striking numbers also make for impressive reading this season. He is ranked second for Greens In Regulation, 12th for SG: Tee-to-Green and 21st on Approach.

The 39-year-old has some decent course form, having finished  tied for 17th and in a share of 21st the last two years, and he can return to the winners' circle for the first time since his 2011 Wells Fargo Championship success.

Momentum is key for Thomas

Justin Thomas - First round leader @ 18/1 - BET NOW

First-round leader bets always provide good value and Thomas looks a great bet at 18/1 to top the standings after the opening 18 holes. The American has been a model of consistency this year and he arrives following a ninth-place finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship.

That was the 25-year-old's fourth top-10 in 2019 and the reason I am backing him for a fast start is because of the way he ended last week's event in Mexico.

World number three Thomas shot a sensational nine-under-par 62 to conclude his tournament and there is every chance he can keep that positive momentum going in Thursday's opening round in Florida.

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