The Honda Classic is set for March 18-21 at PGA National Resort & Spa – The Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. 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 Honda Classic lineup looks like in this week's golfer predictions:
Lee Westwood ($10,600)
Less than two years ago, Westwood had fallen to 78th in the World Golf Ranking, but back-to-back runner-up finishes at the Arnold Palmer and THE PLAYERS have the soon-to-be 48-year-old all the way back up to 19th. And Westwood's wizardry is not just a recent phenomenon. Since his Jan. 2020 win in Abu Dhabi, Westwood has posted 12 top-25 finishes, including three runner-ups. One of those solid finishes came at last year's Honda — a T4 in brutal conditions. The renaissance continues this week.
Adam Scott ($10,100)
Scott continues to make cuts and cash checks — his current cuts-made streak stands at 12, the fourth-longest active streak on Tour. The trouble is, he's not translating weekend play into high finishes; his best showing during his current streak is a T10 at the Farmers. But PGA National is one of the toughest non-major tracks on Tour — it's kind of a last-man-standing event, and a lot of guys skip it — and a crafty veteran with a major on his resume should be able to navigate the famed Bear Trap relatively unscathed. Scott won this tournament in 2016 and followed that up with finishes of T14 and T13 in 2017-18.
Mackenzie Hughes ($7,800)
The Canadian is a course-horse play this week, with a solo second at last year's Honda earning him a spot on our roster this week as a sneaky-dangerous bargain. His 66-66 weekend in 2020 at a blustery PGA National was the best in the field. This year has been a mixed bag, but he ranks 14th in SG: Putting and has posted two top 10s.
Phil Mickelson ($7,400)
Lefty is making only his fourth career appearance at the Honda, but he's moving to Jupiter, and he'll want to put on a show for his new neighbors. It's a nice boost for a tournament that has struggled to attract a marquee field, and it could also be a nice boost for Mickelson, who despite some obvious 50-something decline still has wins on his mind. Phil grinded out four rounds of par or better at THE PLAYERS this past weekend, and a similar grind-it-out performance could put him in contention this week — even if that goes against his swing-for-the-fences mentality.
Steve Stricker ($6,800)
This year's two Ryder Cup captains will have an opportunity to go mano a mano this week, and surprisingly enough, both warrant fantasy consideration. The 54-year-old Stricker picks his spots carefully these days, and his discernment often pays off, with a T4 at the Waste Management and a T17 at the Mayakoba among his recent offerings. He's still a greenside wizard, ranking 14th in SG: Around-the-Green, a skill that will come in handy at PGA National.
Padraig Harrington ($6,800)
Our crafty veteran theme continues with the two-time Honda Classic champion whose most recent win on the PGA Tour came at the 2015 Honda. The three-time major champion is the European Ryder Cup captain in 2021, and while a playing captaincy is a long shot, he says he's hitting it farther and straighter than ever. And there's something to be said this week for local knowledge — he's a cumulative 5-under since 2007 at the treacherous No. 15 at PGA National, where the field dumped 72 balls in the water last year alone.
(Top photo courtesy of @WestwoodLee)