Honda Classic 2023 rankings, scores: Young stars Justin Suh, Pierceson Coody are only inferior to the leader in round 1

They may not be in the lead, but the plot from day one of the PGA Tour’s Florida swing is pretty clear: Two exciting, young future stars – Justin Suh and Pierceson Coody – aren’t top of the league but manageable weekend report.

Suh was the Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year last year, and Coody is probably the favorite to win the title this year. Both shot 4 under on Thursday in Round 1 of the Honda Classic.

Both players followed the leads, Billy Horschel and Joseph Bramlett, when the game was halted due to darkness, but you can be sure everyone will be focused on Suh and Coody in the second round of the day. Friday.


T1. Billy Horschel, Joseph Bramlett (-5)

Bramlett and Coody combined to make just one bogey during their 36 holes on Thursday, which is insane given the PGA National difficulty.

“Just played really solid,” Horschel said. “Didn’t do anything special. Hit some quality irons here and there. I’m not saying everything is automatic and it’s easy. I have to work my way up to make one. some good turns here and there But overall it was a really solid day of golf Making a couple of putts on 11 and 13 from 25, 30 feet away never It kind of puts me at ease and gives me some good motivation to go early.”

If that sounds boring, that’s a problem. Golf at difficult courses is supposed to be boring. In fact, the more boring the better. Bramlett and Horschel combined to hit the prescribed 27 greens on Thursday and hit enough long shots to claim an early lead. In the face of aspiring young stars, the question is whether it will hold up.

other candidates

T3. Carson Young, Pierceson Coody, Justin Suh (-4)

We don’t need to go any further beyond the table right here. Coody ranked second in the iron play category. Suh ranked 12th in driving. Both are on the hunt for their first big win on the PGA Tour.

“It really is like another pro event,” said Coody, who was golfing in Texas at this time last year. “I’ve only played about 13 or 14 professional tournaments or 15 events I guess. But outside of the big stands it’s not that different. You’re just golfing, you’re trying to score points. No real nerves. the way out. It’s only fun to play well.”

Coody is a two-time pro champion in just 15 starts, including once earlier this year. If he doesn’t win this week, he will likely be stuck on the Korn Ferry Tour for most of the rest of 2023.

“The Korn Ferry Tour was amazing for me,” Coody said. “I would love to get my PGA Tour [card] last year, obviously, but I’m still excited to play a whole season of professional golf out there and see how well I can play. It prepares you. The first few golf courses we played, I won in Panama and it couldn’t be more like this. A kind of tropical situation, Bermuda with a lot of wind.

“So it’s great to see my game translated and I hope to continue that.”

other horse

Sungjae Im (T16) and Shane Lowry (T14) are also hiding here. Both have history at the PGA National. I won the 2020 edition and Lowry almost won a year ago when Sepp Straka knocked him down on the last few holes. The two finished in the top 10 in Thursday’s tee-to-green match and will be a problem for both the leaders as well as Coody and Suh.

2023 Honda Classic updated odds and selection

Odds via Caesars Sportsbook

  • Sungjae Im: April 21
  • Billy Horschel: 11/2
  • Joseph Bramlett: 10-1
  • Shane Lowry: 12-1
  • Justin Suh: 18-1

Coody (45-1!) is the game here. That’s a crazy number considering how weak the field is and how much money he’s won as a pro. I’m the rock here and Lowry is reliable too, but if you’re looking for value, you can find it at Longhorn (or Suh at 18-1).


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