The Tour starts its Florida swing with the Bear Trap
The 2020 Honda Classic is set for Feb. 27-March 1 at PGA National (Champion) in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. That means it's time to pick your optimal DraftKings fantasy golf lineup. Fortunately, our fantasy golf experts are ready to help.
Here's what our best 2020 Honda Classic lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Rickie Fowler ($10,800)
It's tempting to go with Brooks Koepka, the lone world top-10 player competing this week, but Koepka's sore knee, which he has admitted was "worse than we let on," has us a little spooked. So we hit the starting gate of the Tour's Florida swing with a PGA National thoroughbred. Rickie's hype-to-production meter is seriously out of whack — one of the Tour's most visible "superstars" is ranked only No. 25 in the world and has fewer career wins (5) than lesser lights like Rory Sabbatini and Jimmy Walker (6 apiece). But check out some of Rickie's recent Honda finishes: T2 (2019), 1 (2017), T6 (2016), T7 (2012). Of course, there's a 2018 MC mixed in there, but that's a risk you run with Rickie. He's in the top 20 in birdie average and can get hot at the drop of a flat-brimmed hat.
Billy Horschel ($9,200)
We like what we're seeing this year out of the 2014 FedExCup champion. He's coming off back-to-back top 10s (a pair of T9s in Mexico City and Phoenix) and has four such finishes already this season. He's rolling the rock beautifully but was also in top ball-striking form in Mexico — T2 in SG: Off-the-Tee and 11th in SG: Tee to Green for the week. Finished T16 at the Honda a year ago, T4 in 2017 and T8 in 2016, so he's an underrated horse course this week.
Erik van Rooyen ($9,000)
It may just be our recency bias showing, but we were highly impressed with van Rooyen's T3 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, where he beat tournament favorite Rory McIlroy by a shot. In the last year, van Rooyen has 17 worldwide top-20 finishes, including a T8 at the PGA Championship. His growing comfort level stateside could make him a fixture on leaderboards and a future Presidents Cup stalwart.
Jason Kokrak ($7,500)
Kokrak feels like a bit of a bargain this week. Granted, he's missed three of his last five cuts, but he also sprinkles in finishes like T8 at the WGC-HSBC, not to mention a spirited T12-T19-T9 run through the FedExCup playoffs last year. He finished T9 at the Honda a year ago, shooting a 4-under 68-68 on the weekend on one of the toughest tracks on Tour.
Keith Mitchell ($7,300)
His price would seem to put him in long-shot territory, but he's the defending champion, and that's got to count for something. And it wasn't a back-door win, either — Mitchell beat Brooks Koepka by a shot with a clutch birdie on the 72nd hole, and he navigated the waterlogged Bear Trap — holes 15-17 at PGA National — at an impressive 2-under for the week. It's been something of a struggle this year, and Mitchell misses the cut more often than he contends, but he obviously found something on his foray to Palm Beach Gardens last year. Has a pair of top-16 finishes so far this year, including a T16 at Phoenix.
Vijay Singh ($6,000)
How's this for a late flyer? The 34-time PGA Tour winner still plays a respectable brand of golf at a fit 57. The 2018 Charles Schwab Cup winner over on the Champions Tour, Singh finished solo 6th here a year ago, so there's a comfort factor at PGA National.