Adam Scott, the 2016 Honda champion, is among the favorites
The Honda Classic golf tournament is set for Feb. 28-March 3 at the PGA National Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. That means it’s time to pick your optimal FanPicks fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here’s what our best Honda Classic 2019 lineup looks like:
Adam Scott ($7,400)
Many people wrote off Scott when they banned the belly putter, but he’s adapted and then some — he ranks 18th on Tour in SG: Putting. He posted two top 7s in his last three starts, including a solo 2nd at Riviera. Oh, and he’s an absolute stud at PGA National, with his last three Hondas looking like this: 1, T14, T13.
Lucas Glover ($6,400)
Glover dipped back down to the Web.com Tour last fall to reclaim his big-boy privileges, and his determination has paid off with a really solid start to the season — six top 20s in seven starts, including a T7 at Pebble two weeks ago. He’s flashing the kind of ball striking that once won him a U.S. Open — he’s second on Tour in GIR — and for what it’s worth, three of the last four Honda winners were previous major champions.
Scott Piercy ($6,000)
Slow and steady wins the occasional race, but we’re not asking Piercy to win this week, just to be his normal consistent self. He’s made his last nine cuts, with three top 10s in that span, including a T10 at Pebble two weeks ago. Finished T17 at the Honda last year and T5 in 2009.
Michael Thompson ($5,900)
Thompson offers that coveted fantasy two-fer: He’s a past Honda Classic champion (2013), and he arrives playing great golf (four straight top-15 finishes, including three top 10s). He’s 9th on Tour in SG: Approach the Green, a tantalizing stat on a short but challenging track.
CT Pan ($5,800)
Pan doesn’t miss many cuts — only one MC since June — and simply being around for the weekend is half the fantasy battle. On a relatively short course, his lack of power is largely irrelevant, while his precision and scrambling ability (first on Tour in Scrambling from the Fringe) can come in handy at PGA National.
Brendan Steele ($5,100)
Steele’s recent form has been abysmal — which is why we think he’s a hidden bargain this week, based primarily on his history as a course horse. In the past five years, he’s fourth in Strokes Gained: Total at PGA National, and he hasn’t missed a cut here over that span.