Honda Classic Tips: Four Englishmen to back on day one at PGA National

Lee Westwood enjoys playing PGA National - can he get back to his best this week?

The Englishmen are coming! That is the cry of Dan Geraghty in his weekly assessment of the best three-balls bets in world golf...

"Casey was fourth in the 2010 edition of the tournament, his only other appearance to date, and he looks a nice price to outscore three-ball favourite Ryan Palmer and John Senden."

Back Paul Casey @ 2.915/8 

Lee Westwood has had a disappointing start to the season, but it's not time to sound the panic alarm just yet. Westwood went out of last week's Match Play in the first round to an inspired Harris English, who birdied the first two holes of their match and didn't give the Englishman a look in from there. Westwood, who recently parted company with his coach Sean Foley, has missed one cut from three in his other PGA Tour starts this year, where his good rounds have usually been followed by bad.

However, there are few in this week's field who can match Westwood's scoring average around PGA National, the course's demand for accuracy suits him well. Of his playing partners, Michael Thompson's scoring average is the equal of Westwood but comes from just two appearances at the tournament, one of which when he won last year, while Robert Allenby has some good form at the Honda, but this tournament was one of 18 cuts he missed last year and he's started this campaign in similar form (two cuts made from five).

In the 12:25 three-ball between Luke Donald, Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia, it is the Englishman who has the best PGA National record of the trio, yet Donald is the outsider by quite a distance. Like Westwood, Donald has had a slow start to the season, but his first-round exit last week was down to an inspired start from opponent Matteo Mannasero rather than his own misgivings. Mannasero started birdie, birdie, eagle to take an early lead that proved irretrievable. The Englishman has been written off too early. 

Paul Casey missed the cut at last year's Honda Classic when he was in the middle of a slump. The Englishman's form has improved since then, he is now back in the World's top 100 and on the up. Casey was fourth in the 2010 edition of the tournament, his only other appearance to date, and he looks a nice price to outscore three-ball favourite Ryan Palmer and John Senden, neither of whom boast impressive form at the course.

David Lynn has developed a reputation for playing tough golf courses well and he did just that here last year when finishing fourth. He looks worth backing to complete a full house of English players. Three-ball second favourite Ryo Ishikawa and rag Andres Romero both missed the cut here last year while @DavidLynndog was making hay.

In 2015 who are our experts tipping at the Honda Classic?


Recommended Bets
Back Lee Westwood @ 2.35/4
Back Luke Donald @ 3.55/2
Back Paul Casey @ 2.915/8 
Back David Lynn @ 2.56/4 


Season P&L: -11.88pts (based on 1pt per selection)

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