2024 Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches Odds: Rory McIlroy Favored at PGA National

Golfer2024 Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches OddsRory McIlroy+750Cameron Young+2400Russell Henley+2700Matt Fitzpatrick+3000Byeong-Hun An+3000Sungjae Im+3200J.T. Poston+3200Tom Kim+3200Min Woo Lee+3200Shane Lowry+3200Eric Cole+3200Chris Kirk+3700Daniel Berger+3700Corey Conners+3700Denny McCarthy+4500Keith Mitchell+4500Stephan Jaeger+4500Sepp Straka+5000Matthieu Pavon+5000Luke List+5000Rasmus Hojgaard+5500Jake Knapp+5500Adam Svensson+5500Beau Hossler+5500Tom Hoge+5500Alex Noren+5500Justin Rose+6000Rickie Fowler+6000Christiaan Bezuidenhout+6000Thorbjorn Olesen+6500Akshay Bhatia+7500Brendon Todd+7500Erik van Rooyen+7500Thomas Detry+8000


Golfer2024 Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches OddsDoug Ghim+8000Lucas Glover+8500Billy Horschel+8500Taylor Pendrith+8500Davis Thompson+9000Ryo Hisatsune+9000Mark Hubbard+9000Taylor Montgomery+10000Ryan Fox+10000Adam Schenk+10000Ben Griffin+10000Matt Wallace+10000Austin Eckroat+11000Justin Suh+11000Sami Valimaki+11000Maverick McNealy+11000Gary Woodland+11000Chesson Hadley+12000Jhonattan Vegas+12000Kevin Yu+12000Matt Kuchar+12000Lee Hodges+14000Brandon Wu+14000Carson Young+14000Robert MacIntyre+14000Michael Kim+16500Alexander Bjork+16500Nick Dunlap+17500Greyson Sigg+17500Kyoung-Hoon Lee+17500Sam Ryder+17500Cameron Champ+17500C.T. Pan+17500Christopher Gotterup+20000Alejandro Tosti+20000


Golfer2024 Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches OddsTyler Duncan+20000Nicholas Lindheim+20000Ryan Palmer+20000Scott Stallings+20000Dylan Wu+20000Chan Kim+20000Ben Silverman+20000Sam Stevens+20000Andrew Novak+20000Vincent Norrman+20000Alex Smalley+20000Carl Yuan+22500Ben Martin+22500Robby Shelton+22500Nate Lashley+22500S.H. Kim+22500Justin Lower+22500Victor Perez+22500Nick Hardy+22500Patton Kizzire+25000Joseph Bramlett+25000Jorge Campillo+25000Jacob Bridgeman+27500Aaron Baddeley+30000Joel Dahmen+30000Ben Kohles+30000Kevin Streelman+30000Garrick Higgo+30000Matti Schmid+30000Vince Whaley+30000Bud Cauley+32500Zach Johnson+32500Matt NeSmith+32500Francesco Molinari+32500Joe Highsmith+35000


Golfer2024 Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches OddsRyan Moore+35000Chad Ramey+35000Chandler Phillips+35000Jimmy Stanger+35000Lanto Griffin+35000Max Greyserman+35000Troy Merritt+35000Camilo Villegas+35000Zac Blair+35000Hayden Buckley+40000Davis Riley+40000Harry Hall+40000Nicolas Echavarria+40000Adrien Dumont De Chassart+45000Peter Malnati+45000Norman Xiong+45000Pierceson Coody+45000Callum Tarren+45000Martin Laird+45000Padraig Harrington+45000David Skinns+60000Patrick Fishburn+60000Paul Barjon+60000Rico Hoey+60000Fred Biondi+60000Kevin Kisner+75000David Lipsky+75000Ben Taylor+100000Chase Johnson+125000Tyson Alexander+125000Brandt Snedeker+200000Ryan Brehm+250000Braden Shattuck+300000J.B. Holmes+300000Tyler Collet+500000



The PGA Tour heads to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for the 2024 Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches (formerly known as The Honda Classic) at PGA National (The Champion) as this marks the first tournament of the Florida Swing.


Chris Kirk, who won earlier this season at The Sentry, is the defending champion this week at the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches and opened at +3300 odds to win outright. His odds to win have drifted slightly to +3700 as of Monday afternoon. Kirk won last year’s Honda Classic in a playoff over Eric Cole, who went on to win rookie of the year honors last season. Kirk is looking to bounce back after a missed cut at The Genesis Invitational in his most recent start.


Rory McIlroy, who has a Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches win of his own from 2012, opened as the outright betting favorite at +750 at bet365, and he is the only golfer who opened with odds at 20-1 or shorter. This will be McIlroy’s first start at PGA National since 2018 as he has noted that he is making a deliberate effort to play more tournaments this season before the Masters Tournament in April.


McIlroy won last month in Dubai on the DP World Tour and has made two starts on Tour since then: a T66 in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am and a T24 at The Genesis Invitational. McIlroy has a boom-or-bust history at PGA National as he finished either second or better (twice) or 59th or worse (five times) in all of his starts in Palm Beach Gardens between 2011 and 2018.




PGA Tour rookie Jake Knapp is also in the field this week following his victory over the weekend at the Mexico Open at Vidanta. The UCLA product picked up his first career PGA Tour win in just his fifth start as a PGA Tour member and now makes his first start at PGA National at +5500 odds to win outright.


Some other notables in the field this week and their outright odds include Cameron Young (+2400), Russell Henley (+2700), J.T. Poston (+3200), Sungjae Im (+3200) and Eric Cole (+3200).



PGA National (The Champion) is a 7,147-yard par-71 designed by Tom and George Fazio in 1981 that features bermudagrass greens rolling at a 12 on the stimpmeter. Jack Nicklaus also helped with course renovations in 2002, 2014 and 2018.


The course features some of the bigger putting surfaces on Tour with an average green size of 7,000 square feet. While PGA National is one of the shorter courses on Tour, water is in play on 15 of the 18 holes, which consistently has helped this play as one of the tougher courses annually.


Among course changes from last year, the 10th hole will now play as a par-5, and fairway lines were widened in May 2023 back to grassing lines from 2012-13. Overall, one acre of fairway grass has been added since last year.


Historically, over 61% of approach shots come from between 125 and 175 yards, so golfers will need to be strong on approach with their short irons at PGA National.


Strokes Gained (SG): Approach and SG: Putting have been the most correlated metrics with SG: Total at the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches.


SG: Off the Tee and SG: Around the Green are less correlated with SG: Total at PGA National than at an average PGA Tour course. Additionally, both Driving Distance and Driving Accuracy have a decrease in their correlation with SG: Total, which is unusual on Tour.



McIlroy, Kirk, Sepp Straka, Sungjae Im, Keith Mitchell, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington, Russell Henley, Camilo Villegas and Matt Kuchar are the past champions of the Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches in the field this week.


YearPast WinnerWinning Score2023Chris Kirk-142022Sepp Straka-102021Matt Jones-122020Sungjae Im-62019Keith Mitchell-92018Justin Thomas-82017Rickie Fowler-122016Adam Scott-92015Padraig Harrington-62014Russell Henley-8



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