They may not remain in the lead, however the story from the very first day of the PGA Tour’s Florida swing is rather clear: Two young, interesting possible future stars– Justin Suh and Pierceson Coody– aren’t on top of the competition however may manage the weekend story.
Suh was in 2015’s Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year, and Coody is the most likely the preferred to capture this year’s honors. They both shot 4 under on Thursday in Round 1 of the Honda Classic.
Both gamers routed the leaders, Billy Horschel and Joseph Bramlett, when play was suspended due to darkness, however you can be sure everybody will be concentrated on Suh and Coody entering into Friday’s 2nd round.
T1. Billy Horschel, Joseph Bramlett (-5 )
Bramlett and Coody integrated to make simply one bogey throughout their 36 holes Thursday, which is insane offered PGA National’s trouble.
” Just played truly strong,” Horschel stated. “Didn’t do anything unique. Strike some quality iron shots occasionally. I would not state whatever was sort of automated and it was simple. I needed to simply arrange of work my method into making some great swings occasionally. General it was a truly strong day of golf. Making a couple putts there at number 11 and 13 from about 25, 30 feet never ever harms. Sort of got me in an excellent state of mind and got me with some excellent mojo going early.”
If that sounds uninteresting, that’s type of the point. Golf at hard courses is expected to be uninteresting. The more uninteresting the much better. Bramlett and Horschel integrated to strike 27 greens in guideline on Thursday and made enough long putts to get an early lead. The concern, in the face of young, starving stars, is whether it will hold.
T3. Carson Young, Pierceson Coody, Justin Suh (-4 )
We do not require to go any even more down the board than right here. Coody was 2nd in the field in iron play. Suh was 12 th in driving. Both remain in the hunt for what would be an enormous very first PGA Tour success.
” It actually simply seems like another expert occasion,” stated Coody, who was playing golf at Texas this time in 2015. “I’ve just played about 13 or 14 expert or I think, whatever, 15 occasions. Other than the huge grandstands it’s not that various. You’re simply playing golf, you’re attempting to put an excellent rating together. No genuine nerves out there. Simply pleased to play well.”
Coody has actually currently won two times as a pro in simply 15 begins, consisting of one earlier this year. If he does not win today, he’ll likely be stuck on the Korn Ferry Tour for the majority of the rest of 2023.
” The Korn Ferry Tour’s been fantastic for me,” Coody stated. “I would have liked to get my PGA Tour [card] in 2015, clearly, however I’m still delighted to play a complete season of expert golf out there and see how well I can do. It prepares you. The very first couple of golf courses that we played, I won in Panama and it might not be more comparable to this. Sort of a tropical, Bermuda circumstance with a great deal of wind.
” So it’s truly cool to see that my video game equates and I want to continue that.”
Sungjae Im (T16) and Shane Lowry (T14) are prowling here. Both have a history at PGA National. Im won the 2020 edition, and Lowry almost won a year ago prior to Sepp Straka took him down on the last couple of holes. Both ended up in the top 10 in tee-to-green play on Thursday and will be bothersome for both the leaders along with Coody and Suh.
2023 Honda Classic upgraded chances and choices
Odds through Caesars Sportsbook
- Sungjae Im: 21/ 4
- Billy Horschel: 11/ 2
- Joseph Bramlett: 10 -1
- Shane Lowry: 12 -1
- Justin Suh: 18 -1
Coody (45 -1!) is the play here. That’s an insane number thinking about how weak the field is and just how much he’s won as an expert. Im is the rock here, and Lowry is to be relied on also, however if you’re searching for worth, you can discover it in the Longhorn (or Suh at 18 -1 too).