Honda Classic 2020: Course and current form guides for this week's tournament in Florida

Champion Course at PGA National in Florida
PGA National: Generally considered one of the trickiest layouts on Tour

Check out the stats ahead of this week's PGA Tour event over the Champion Course at PGA National, compiled by Andy Swales...

"Although there are many players with a decent history at PGA National, the majority of winners have arrived here with no significant course form at all. Compared to other venues, course history over the Champion layout does not appear to be such a key stat."

With springtime fast approaching, the PGA Tour heads east for the start of the Florida Swing.

First up, as ever, is the Honda Classic which remains at the Champion Course, at PGA National, for a 14th straight year.

Opened in November 1981, the Tom Fazio-designed layout staged the Ryder Cup two years later, as well as the PGA Championship of 1987.

Located at Palm Beach Gardens in the south of the state, the Champion Course has undergone three upgrades during the past 28 years.

With water and sand a serious and constant threat, a golfer will need to employ his best course management skills to stand any chance of lifting the trophy on Sunday afternoon.

Accurate tee-to-green golf is rewarded on a course that has plenty of bunkers, along with sizeable water hazards on 13 holes.

Even though the fairways do not appear to be overly tight with regards to tee shots, the low-lying Champion Course is one of the more tricky layouts on the PGA Tour, and requires solid ball-striking from tee-to-green. It's putting surfaces were re-grassed two years ago.

The course is home to the famous 'Bear Trap', which is three consecutive holes (15th-16th-17th) on the back nine, named after Jack Nicklaus.

Nicklaus, nicknamed the Golden Bear, was commissioned to carry out the two most recent renovations, most recently in 2014.

PGA National is around 45 miles north of downtown Miami.

Koepka 'Top Seed'

World No 3 Brooks Koepka is one of seven members of the world's top-25 teeing-up, with Englishman Tommy Fleetwood the second highest-ranked pro in the field.

Fleetwood, the world No 12, is yet to win on the PGA Tour but this is surely just a matter of time.

This will be his first start on American soil since last August's Tour Championship, as he begins his build-up towards the opening major of the season at Augusta National - in a little over six weeks' time.

Check out latest betting ahead of this week's Honda Classic

Although there are many players with a decent history at PGA National, the majority of winners have arrived here with no significant course form at all.

Compared to other venues, course history over the Champion layout does not appear to be such a key stat.

A rejuvenated Lee Westwood contests his first US event since last May's PGA Championship, and is the type of player who should prosper at this venue.

Other Suggestions

But if you'd prefer to match a decent record at PGA National, with reasonable current form, then one of either Gary Woodland or Billy Horschel could be your man.

Alternatively, Louis Oosthuizen fits the bill for being in decent shape, but without a strong course history to speak of (no top-20s from five previous appearances).

Korean youngster Sung-Jae Im has remained under the radar during the early weeks of the calendar year, but within touching distance at many events and is moving ever closer to a first PGA Tour title.

Finally, steering away from the world's top-100, three outsiders who may take your fancy are Daniel Berger, Harry Higgs and Tom Hoge.

All three have played solid golf so far during 2020, with Hoge enjoying a top-20 spot inside the Strokes Gained: Approach the Green category.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

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Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W8 W7 W6 W5 W4 W3 W2 W1 W52 W51
Brooks Koepka 43 17 34
Tommy Fleetwood 18 11 2
Justin Rose 56 MC 2
Louis Oosthuizen 51 23 5 2
Shane Lowry 29 13 11 MC 2
Gary Woodland 12 40 MC 7
Rickie Fowler 37 MC 10 5
Lee Westwood 22 MC 50 1
Sung Jae Im 29 MC 34 36 10 21
Billy Horschel 9 9 68 MC
Matt Wallace 58 44 MC 64
Byeong Hun An 29 9 68 MC
Erik van Rooyen 3 MC MC 37 12 22
Ian Poulter 17 16 MC
Tom Lewis MC MC 3 MC
Keegan Bradley MC 49 16 12
Corey Conners 50 MC 45 12 19
Joaquin Niemann MC 49 57 5
Kurt Kitayama 53 18 6 34
Charles Howell 53 59 MC 12
JT Poston 30 37 37 MC 11
Jason Kokrak 51 MC MC 21 MC
Jim Furyk MC MC
Ryan Palmer 67 MC 21 4 17
Lucas Glover 61 50 49 MC
Ryo Ishikawa 68 24
CT Pan MC 63 MC
Kevin Streelman 2 MC 45 MC
Matt Jones MC 5 MC 73 38
Vaughn Taylor 13 MC MC 43 12
Rory Sabbatini 59 MC MC 48 21
Viktor Hovland 1 38 MC 23 MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC MC
Danny Lee MC 25 Wd MC
Matthew Wolff MC MC 21 61 11
Adam Long MC MC 8 MC MC 23
Keith Mitchell 32 16 MC MC 32
Russell Knox MC MC 16 21 37 32
Dylan Frittelli MC 63 73 MC 31
Si Woo Kim 37 MC MC Wd
Daniel Berger 5 9 29 38
Harold Varner 13 MC MC MC MC
Brian Harman 47 49 21 32
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 27 MC MC MC 42 39
Emiliano Grillo 3 MC MC MC 21
Harry Higgs 18 25 9 MC 57
Brian Stuard 23 MC MC 72 53
Kevin Tway MC 37 30 MC
Xin Jun Zhang 14 64 25 55 MC MC
Bud Cauley 51 25 MC 4 MC
Aaron Wise MC 62 MC MC MC
Tom Hoge 60 25 5 6 12
Kyle Stanley 3 64 MC MC MC MC
Scott Brown 67 2 MC MC MC MC
Doc Redman 50 34 64 29 MC
Wyndham Clark 17 18 34 MC MC
Denny McCarthy 37 59 64 48
Luke List 30 25 36 MC MC
Jhonattan Vegas 9 MC 17 30 55
Talor Gooch 10 61 36 17 63
Brendan Steele MC MC 43 2
Tyler Duncan 64 MC MC 64 MC 19
Robby Shelton 52 MC 36 MC MC
Mark Hubbard MC 9 43 MC
Sepp Straka MC MC MC 4 53
Sam Burns 23 MC 49 6 MC
Harris English 16 71 48
Kristoffer Ventura 20 MC MC MC MC
Chesson Hadley MC 18 59 MC 29 MC
Brian Gay MC 38 MC MC MC
Cameron Tringale 30 64 MC 49 43
Beau Hossler 35 38 66 9 MC
Zac Blair MC 18 21 55 63
Charl Schwartzel 5 MC MC MC
Bronson Burgoon MC MC 43
Adam Schenk 14 47 50 MC 14 MC
Henrik Norlander 44 25 MC 68 9
Matthew NeSmith 6 11 30 17 32
Nick Watney MC MC MC 29
Ryan Armour MC MC MC MC MC
Scott Harrington MC MC MC MC 57
Russell Henley 17 MC MC MC
Stewart Cink 38 55 MC 22
Zach Johnson MC MC 28
Peter Malnati MC 11 MC MC MC 12
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 14 13 MC MC 21 MC
Brice Garnett 20 MC 52 MC MC
Michael Thompson MC MC MC MC 38
Kramer Hickok MC Wd MC MC 45
Cameron Davis 27 38 36 29 9 3
Fabian Gomez 52 MC MC 55 MC
Patrick Rodgers 35 30 MC 16 9 64 38
Maverick McNealy 27 5 15 37
Jimmy Walker MC MC 63 30 MC 45
Chase Seiffert 52 50 71 21 38
Roger Sloan 60 MC MC MC MC MC
Robert Streb 27 MC MC MC MC
Satoshi Kodaira MC MC MC MC 66
Chris Stroud MC MC MC MC MC
Sam Ryder 3 MC 55 MC 29 28
Bo Hoag 35 MC MC Wd 9
Richy Werenski MC MC 73 MC
JJ Spaun 63 MC 47 30 MC MC
Scott Stallings MC MC 49 55
Matt Every MC 32 MC 74 Wd
Hank Lebioda MC MC MC 17 MC
Cameron Percy 44 36 MC MC
Jim Herman MC 55 MC MC 27
Jason Dufner 64 62 36 55 MC
Mackenzie Hughes MC MC MC MC MC
Sebastian Cappelen 58 MC MC 21 6
Austin Cook 44 MC MC MC MC
DJ Trahan 52 MC MC 68 28
Ted Potter 6 MC MC MC 37 7
Nelson Ledesma 44 MC MC MC MC
Mark Anderson 27 MC 30 21
Padraig Harrington MC 50 MC
Ryan Brehm 35 53 68 49 55 MC
Hudson Swafford 9 MC 57
Patton Kizzire 61 MC MC MC
Tyler McCumber 20 32 21 64 MC
Martin Trainer MC 47 MC MC MC MC MC 34
Rhein Gibson 27 MC 70 MC 57 49
Grayson Murray MC 55 55 10
Tim Wilkinson 20 25 MC 21 32
Joseph Bramlett 9 51 18 45 MC 45
David Hearn MC MC 37 MC
Brandon Hagy 64 MC 16 MC 48 MC
Michael Gellerman 58 MC MC MC 38
Chris Baker MC 38 73 MC MC
Chris Kirk MC MC MC
Luke Donald 55 MC
Anirban Lahiri 44 MC MC 73 MC
Michael Gligic MC 55 MC 21 MC
Vincent Whaley 9 38 MC 29 MC
Doug Ghim 20 MC MC MC MC
Rob Oppenheim 9 38 MC MC 21
Sean O`Hair 50 13 4
Ben Taylor MC MC 55 MC MC
Jamie Lovemark 17 MC 36 MC
Greg Chalmers MC MC MC 15
John Huh 40 45 48
Davis Love
Vijay Singh MC
Camilo Villegas 4 52 MC
John Senden 64 67 MC MC MC
Seung-Yul Noh MC MC MC
Bo Van Pelt 60 MC MC MC MC
Justin Bertsch MC
Player `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13 `12 `11 `10
Brooks Koepka 2 MC 26 51 33
Tommy Fleetwood 4
Justin Rose MC 4 5 3
Louis Oosthuizen 24 21 MC Wd Wd
Shane Lowry 49 53
Gary Woodland 36 49 2 61 68 6
Rickie Fowler 2 MC 1 6 41 24 13 7 MC MC
Lee Westwood 25 46 9 4 29 9
Sung Jae Im 51
Billy Horschel 16 MC 4 8 MC MC 46 MC
Matt Wallace 20
Byeong Hun An 36 5
Erik van Rooyen
Ian Poulter MC 43 43 3 36
Tom Lewis
Keegan Bradley 49 MC MC MC 12 4 12 MC
Corey Conners 59
Joaquin Niemann 59
Kurt Kitayama
Charles Howell MC 52 MC 44 55 29 26 10 26
JT Poston 36 27
Jason Kokrak 9 MC MC 41 MC 42
Jim Furyk 9 46 MC
Ryan Palmer 4 MC 37 26 25 2 41 26 MC
Lucas Glover 4 17 21 MC MC MC 4
Ryo Ishikawa 37 25 MC MC
CT Pan MC 17 37
Kevin Streelman MC* 41 MC 63 MC
Matt Jones 36 MC MC 18 40
Vaughn Taylor 59 59 MC 25 18 58 71
Rory Sabbatini 36 17 MC MC 11 33 MC 62 1
Viktor Hovland
Lucas Bjerregaard 12
Danny Lee 36 Wd MC MC
Matthew Wolff
Adam Long MC
Keith Mitchell 1 MC
Russell Knox 51 MC MC 26 3 2
Dylan Frittelli MC 11
Si Woo Kim MC 74
Daniel Berger 36 29 MC MC 2
Harold Varner 51 72 57 MC
Brian Harman MC 33 48 MC 11 58 MC 12
Kiradech Aphibarnrat MC 68
Emiliano Grillo MC 8 43 74
Harry Higgs
Brian Stuard 20 MC 27 MC 24 29 MC
Kevin Tway MC MC
Xin Jun Zhang MC
Bud Cauley 12 Wd 27 MC MC
Aaron Wise 33
Tom Hoge MC MC 37
Kyle Stanley MC MC 43 MC 18 MC 24
Scott Brown 20 46 57 10 MC MC*
Doc Redman
Wyndham Clark 7
Denny McCarthy MC MC
Luke List MC 2 52 10 MC
Jhonattan Vegas 16 72 4 MC 12 67 70
Talor Gooch 20 MC
Brendan Steele MC 14 14 11 33 51 75 63
Tyler Duncan MC* 24
Robby Shelton
Mark Hubbard MC 65 Dq
Sepp Straka MC
Sam Burns MC* 8
Harris English 12 33 60 MC MC 18
Kristoffer Ventura
Chesson Hadley 20 MC 21 MC 24
Brian Gay 20 MC 60 51 MC 55
Cameron Tringale 36 MC 65 MC 44 41 MC 47 43
Beau Hossler
Zac Blair MC MC 22
Charl Schwartzel 16 MC MC 9 5 14
Bronson Burgoon 59 MC 14
Adam Schenk 30 29
Henrik Norlander
Matthew NeSmith
Nick Watney 51 33 14 41 24
Ryan Armour 12 MC MC MC
Scott Harrington
Russell Henley 20 24 43 MC 44 1 13
Stewart Cink MC* 46 27 26 31 58 41 36
Zach Johnson 59 27 MC MC 33
Peter Malnati 36 49 MC MC
Kyoung-Hoon Lee 7
Brice Garnett MC MC MC MC*
Michael Thompson 16 24 MC 53 44 MC 1 47
Kramer Hickok 30
Cameron Davis 59
Fabian Gomez MC MC MC 70 64 MC
Patrick Rodgers 30 33 MC MC 44
Maverick McNealy
Jimmy Walker MC 33 21 43 67 43 40
Chase Seiffert
Roger Sloan 30
Robert Streb MC MC MC 26 59 18
Satoshi Kodaira MC
Chris Stroud 33 MC Wd 12 13 9 63 31
Sam Ryder
Bo Hoag MC
Richy Werenski MC* MC MC
JJ Spaun MC 21
Scott Stallings 29 21 MC 63 29
Matt Every 66 Wd MC 63 24 MC MC 26
Hank Lebioda 70
Cameron Percy Wd 71
Jim Herman MC 27 MC 7
Jason Dufner MC* 17 14 61 17 51 51 40
Mackenzie Hughes MC 59 66
Sebastian Cappelen
Austin Cook MC*
DJ Trahan MC MC 17
Ted Potter MC 41 MC 30
Nelson Ledesma
Mark Anderson
Padraig Harrington MC MC 43 1 MC 71 40
Ryan Brehm 69
Hudson Swafford MC* 64 MC 65 MC 61
Patton Kizzire MC MC 66 26
Tyler McCumber
Martin Trainer MC
Rhein Gibson
Grayson Murray 68 MC MC
Tim Wilkinson Wd 51 55 Wd
Joseph Bramlett
David Hearn 43 MC MC 6 MC MC
Brandon Hagy MC 21
Michael Gellerman
Chris Baker MC
Chris Kirk MC 33 MC MC 12 51 56 29
Luke Donald MC 27 61 7 8 10
Anirban Lahiri 59 59 11 MC
Michael Gligic
Vincent Whaley
Doug Ghim
Rob Oppenheim MC
Sean O`Hair MC 11 14 25 MC 18 44 24
Ben Taylor
Jamie Lovemark 7 MC MC 31 MC* MC MC
Greg Chalmers 17 57 MC 51 12 43 MC
John Huh 59 24 MC 14 17 MC 36
Davis Love 43 MC* 21 29 MC
Vijay Singh 6 6 MC 63 MC 4
Camilo Villegas 68 MC 14 16 41 MC MC MC 1
John Senden MC 10 46 36 50
Seung-Yul Noh 43 65 MC 33 MC 56
Bo Van Pelt MC MC 31
Justin Bertsch

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