The Honda Classic is set for Feb. 24-27 at PGA National (Champion) 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:
Brooks Koepka ($10,100)
In a field that's largely bereft of superstars, Koepka qualifies as the headliner, even though some occasionally indifferent play has knocked him down to 15th in the World Golf Ranking. Dating back to November, Brooksie has missed the cut in four of his last seven events, but he has also claimed a pair of top 10s during that span, including a T3 at Phoenix on Super Bowl Sunday. In keeping with his inconsistent profile, he missed the cut here in his last appearance (2020) but finished T2 the year before that. It's time to start tuning up for majors season, so we'll take Koepka at his slightly discounted price and run with him.
Matt Jones ($9,000)
The defending champ picked up his second career win at last year's Honda, riding a first-round course-record-tying 61 to a 5-shot win, matching the largest margin of victory in the event's history. He's been a little hit-or-miss this season, but his closing 62-61 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions to kick off 2022 showed that he's capable of the occasional rampage. He's coming off a T15 at the Genesis.
Russell Knox ($8,100)
If you tune in this week, you'll hear a lot — a lot — about the Bear Trap, that waterlogged stretch of holes 15-17 at PGA National that has doomed many hopes over the years. Well, Knox is a PGA Tour-best 6-under for his career at those three holes. That qualifies as a ringing endorsement in our book, although he has little to show for his trips to Palm Beach Gardens since T2-T3 finishes in 2014-15. Knox is working on an odd streak — he has three straight finishes of T33. Hey, there's something to be said for consistency. And he did have a T7 at the Sony a few weeks back.
Lee Westwood ($7,800)
A fringe figure in the raging Saudi Golf League controversy — he's apparently been approached by the Saudis but has refused comment — Westwood is no doubt delighted to return to the course and resume his focus on playing the game. The former World No. 1 finished T4 at the Honda in 2020 and T9 in 2013, so there's some history there. He's two years removed from his last win, and the late-career controversy is unfortunate, but he'd love to let his clubs do his talking for him this week.
Camilo Villegas ($7,300)
The 72-hole record-holder at PGA National (267 in 2010), Villegas is a four-time winner who rose as high as 7th in the World Ranking but has spent years in the golf wilderness, a downturn that was compounded by the personal tragedy of losing a child to illness. We may be leading with our heart over our head in including him, but when you can get the course record-holder at this price, you jump. He's made his last three cuts and has shown some short-game magic this year (9th in SG: Around-the-Green).
Brendan Steele ($7,200)
Steele has seen his price driven down by a miserable start to 2022; he has yet to make a cut since the calendar turned (0-for-4). But all is not lost — he finished T2 at the ZOZO in October, and he's still an excellent driver of the golf ball (21st in SG: Off-the-Tee). Steele finished T3 here last year, so there's a course comfort factor at play.