2013 Honda Classic Betting Odds + Info, Tee Times, TV Coverage

The West-Coast Swing is finished, and now the PGA Tour goes to the southeast for a few trips around the state of Florida. It all starts down in Palm Beach Gardens at PGA National Champion Course for the playing of the 2013 Honda Classic.

Running from February 28th through March 3rd, there will be plenty of coverage for of 2013 Honda Classic on the Golf Channel as well as NBC. Golf Channel will have the Thursday and Friday coverage beginning at 3pm ET and going through 6pm ET. The GC will also have Saturday and Sunday coverage from 1pm ET to 3pm ET which will be picked up by NBC at 3pm ET for both weekend rounds.

The Honda Classic

Played on your typical Florida course, there is no shortage of water and unpredictable weather throughout the week. Though played in February, it is not uncommon for it to be 80 degrees and humid, or 55 degrees and windy. It could go either way. The Honda Classic was not always known for boasting a strong field, but in recent years, with Woods, McIlroy, and others playing, it has certainly moved up in stature.

As for the course, PGA National is one of the most well-known around the country, with many players on the PGA Tour making their homes new the area. A Par-70, PGA National plays over 7,100 yards. There are more than 30 water hazards scattered around the course, and very little tree protection to shield from the wind. The final three holes are known as the 'Bear Trap', widely regarded as three of the most difficult finishing holes on the PGA Tour. The winner of the Honda Classic receives $1.026 million of the $5.8 million total purse. 500 FedEx Cup points to the winner are also up for grabs.

The 2013 Honda Classic

The field this week for the 2013 Honda Classic is star-studded, as the PGA tour breaks away from the West Coast, and heads down to sunny Florida where players won't have to contend with any snow delays. Rain on the other hand could be a factor, but you can bet that players would welcome rainy conditions in 80 degree weather versus the upper 20s that we saw in Marana, Arizona for the Accenture Match Play this past week.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will both be in the field this week, after providing spectators at the Bear Trap and fans around the world with a thrill during the final round last year. McIlroy held on to win by two shots over Woods, who carded a mind-blowing 62 on the final day to finish second.

Along with Woods and McIlroy, Lee Westwood will be in the field, as will Justin Rose, Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, and Rickie Fowler.

What Happened In 2012?

It was the Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods show last year for the 2012 Honda Classic. Think that tournament officials were happy about that? You bet! Woods fired a final round 10-under par round of 62 to put some serious heat on McIlroy, who led through 54 holes. The #2 ranked player at the time knew that a win would vault him to #1. He stared pressure in the face, and was able to win by two shots over Woods to win his first event on the 2012 PGA Tour, and move to #1 in the world. McIlroy would go back and forth with Donald for #1 in the world for much of the 2012 season.

Odds For The 2013 Honda Classic

Tiger Woods might have exited early in the first round of the Accenture Match Play last week, but that apparently hasn't phased those who form the odds for PGA golf tournaments. The #2 ranked player in the world is set with 7/1 odds this week to win the Honda Classic.

Woods is followed by the defending champion Rory McIlroy, but he is set at 12/1. So you can certainly see that there is a disparity in the two payouts, and quite a significant jump from first to second.

Charl Schwartzel is set with equal 12/1 odds with McIlroy, and is expected to continue his stellar play from late 2012 on into the early portion of the 2013 season. Schwartzel didn't find much success during Match Play, but this is back to stroke play.

Justin Rose comes in with odds at 16/1, and probably has fond memories of Florida after winning a World Golf Championships event at Doral. Rose is always considered a favorite in events he enters.

Louis Oosthuizen is set back at 22/1, but creeps into the top-five favorites. He didn't make it past the second round of match play, but oddsmakers have high hopes coming into the Honda Classic.

2013 Honda Classic Betting Odds - odds found at Bovada on 2/25/2013

Free Picks To Win 2013 Honda Classic

Tournament Winner - We expect woods to bounce back from the disappointing match play performance and hop back into the winners circle. That 62 he shot last year at the Honda Classic will certainly bring back positive thoughts. It really comes down to his performance on the greens. A 7 to 1 payout is a nice profit margin for Woods this week.

Darkhorse / Value Pick - Jason Day reached the semifinals at the match play tournament last week, and played very well throughout the event. At 33/1 (+3300, every dollar wagered wins $33), Day is getting a nice payout for those who take a risk on the Aussie keeping his solid play going.

First Round Leader - PGA National can yield some low scores depending on how the weather shows up. Last year, there were several 4-under scores of 66 to start things off, including one by Rory McIlroy which he used that to jump start his victory run in last year's tournament. But who will take the early lead in 2013?

We are going to go with one of the favorites this week in Lee Westwood (28/1, +2800 found at Bovada). Westwood played well at PGA National last year, finishing fourth. That included a round of 63 on Sunday to shoot up the leaderboard. Westwood didn't have a great performance at the Accenture Match Play, but coming to Florida we think he is due for a win or a high finish. That will start with an early lead at the Honda Classic through one round.

Top-10 Finish Lock Of The Week - It's hard to go against Tiger Woods when it comes to finishing in the top-10 at the Honda Classic. Woods finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy last season, carding a final round 62 to nearly sneak up and take the win away. Woods won his last stroke play start back in January, albeit exited early in Match Play last week.

Woods is the overall favorite coming into the Honda Classic and we see no reason why he is not a lock to finish inside the top-10 when all is said and done this week. While his -130 payout (found at BetOnline) isn't that attractive, it should be a fairly safe wager as Woods has played well at PGA National in the past.

Top-10 Value Pick - Former Georgia Bulldog Russell Henley won the 2013 Sony Open in his first ever PGA Tour tournament. Since then, he has continued to have a great 2013 season, which included an upset of Charl Schwartzel in the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship for a respectible finish in the World Golf Championships event.

Coming into the 2013 Honda Classic, we think Henley is due for another good week, and is getting a solid value at 6 to 1 (+600, found in BetOnline's "Golf Futures") to finish in the top-10 at PGA National. So for those of you bettors who are still looking for a nice payout, but don't necessarily want to gamble on a player to win, take a top-10 wager and take a good look at Henley.

Notable Pairings

Tee times and pairings for the first two rounds of the 2013 Honda Classic were announced by the PGA Tour on Tuesday, and looking at them there are some good ones to take note of along with 3-ball odds for that group.

Tiger Woods (EVEN) will be paired with Martin Kaymer (+225) and Dustin Johnson (+240), going off the back-nine (tenth hole) at 7:25am ET off on Thursday. On Friday the trio hit the tee at 12:25pm ET going off of on the front-nine (first hole).

The world's #1 ranked golfer, Rory McIlroy (-120), is paired with Ernie Els (+190) and Mark Wilson (+350), as they will go off #1 on Thursday at 12:15pm ET, and #10 on Friday at 7:25am ET.

Lee Westwood (+140), Rickie Fowler (+200), and Keegan Bradley (+175) will hit the tee a little after noon at 12:35pm ET on Thursday off on hole #1, and at 7:35am ET off on hole #10 early Friday morning.

Justin Rose (+150), Charl Schwartzel (+135), and Russell Henley (+275) will go off the tenth tee at 7:35am ET on Thursday morning followed by a 12:35pm ET tee time on Friday going off the first tee.

Look below to see the rest of the 3-Ball odds for the Honda Classic as they are shown at Bovada. Included are tee times for most of the groups which will stay up-to-date when odds are posted at the sportsbook. There are a few other tournaments listed as well so you may need to scroll down a little bit to find all the lines / tee times for the 2013 Honda Classic.