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Doug Ghim of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee as we look at our best Cognizant Classic picks based on the best PGA Tour odds.
Doug Ghim of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during the final round of the WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale on February 11, 2024 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Photo by Orlando Ramirez/Getty Images via AFP.

The PGA Tour returns to PGA National for the event formerly known as the Honda Classic as we make our best Cognizant Classic picks based on the golf odds from our best golf betting sites.

Rory McIlroy last won the Honda Classic in 2012 but that's not preventing him from being a heavy betting favorite for the 2024 Cognizant Classic as he tees it up at PGA National for the first time since 2018 as the top-ranked golfer in the field.

Chris Kirk is the defending champion of this event, but he returns with longer odds than he carried before his comeback victory a year ago, even though he already has a win in a signature event this season.

Part of the reason for those lengthened odds is the presence of McIlroy in the Cognizant Classic field, as the No. 2 golfer in the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) will be a popular pick this week.

Here are our best Cognizant Classic picks based on the PGA Tour odds from our best sports betting sites.

Cognizant Classic picks

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Cognizant Classic odds 2024

Cognizant Classic odds as of Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy+700+700+800+700+800
Cameron Young+2200+2200+2200+2200+2200
Russell Henley+2500+2800+2500+2800+2500
Eric Cole+2800+2800+2500+2000 ❄️+2500
Tom Kim+2800+3000+2800+3000+2800
Matt Fitzpatrick+3000+3300+3300+3500 🔥+3000
Byeong Hun An+3000+3000+2800+3000+2800
Min Woo Lee+3500 ❄️+3500+4000 🔥+3500+3500
J.T. Poston+3500 🔥+3300+2800+2000 ❄️+3300
Sungjae Im+3500+4000+4000+2500 ❄️+3500

Cognizant Classic pick to win

Corey Conners

Best odds: +4500 via Caesars

Conners will look to be the second Canadian to win on the PGA Tour in the last four weeks and follow in the footsteps of Nick Taylor's victory in the WM Phoenix Open.

After entering 2024 at No. 35 in the OWGR, Conners has slipped to No. 49 and enters the week as the third-best Canadian by the metric. The three are in a heated race for the two spots that'll make up Canada's Olympic golf team this summer.

While he hasn't missed a cut through five events, his T-24 finish in the Genesis Invitational was his best result thus far.

Conners ranked 11th on the PGA Tour last year in birdie-or-better percentage from this week's key distance of 150-175 yards. His current form also matches up very well for PGA National - a course he'll play for the first time since 2020. Conners is among the field leaders in strokes gained: tee-to-green, SG: off-the-tee, and SG: approach across his last 15 measured rounds, while showing excellent accuracy with his driver.

Conners' two PGA Tour wins were both in April's Valero Texas Open, but he routinely enters his best form at this time of year.

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Cognizant Classic prop picks

Doug Ghim to finish top 20

Best odds: +275 via BetMGM

Ghim skipped the 2023 Honda Classic after three straight missed cuts in the event. However, his current form is that of a completely different golfer and the odds aren't reflective of his present skillset.

Ghim is up to a career-best 147th in the OWGR with three straight top-15 finishes, including last week's T-8 in the Mexico Open at Vidanta. He ranked fifth among all golfers who made the cut with 1.41 strokes gained: approach and 1.93 SG: tee-to-green. Those have been his strengths over his last 12 measured rounds - ranking 10th and third, respectively, in this field - and those are the key stats for PGA National.

The 27-year-old American has been slightly less impressive off the tee of late but that's largely due to a lack of distance. His accuracy has been strong through his last three events, and that's the most important aspect for his driver at this venue.

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Carson Young to finish top 30

Best odds: +250 via bet365

Young enters this week off of a T-8 finish in the Mexico Open. He'll look to follow up on a T-29 finish in last year's event at PGA National after an excellent showing with his irons last week. He'll need to rely heavily on that aspect of his game once again.

His irons were his weakness in last year's Honda Classic, while he gained 1.04 strokes per round with his putter on these Bermuda greens. We're counting on that familiarity with the greens of this venue combining with his improved iron play to simply help him replicate last year's result in this event.

PGA National course info

  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7,147 yards
  • Greens: Bermuda
  • Architect: George and Tom Fazio, redesign by Jack Nicklaus

Cognizant Classic tournament info

  • Where: PGA National Resort (The Champions), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
  • When: Thursday, Feb. 29 - Sunday, March 3
  • Field: 144
  • 2023 champion: Chris Kirk
  • Purse: $9 million
  • FedEx Cup points: 500

Cognizant Classic recent winners

YearWinnerPre-tournament oddsScore to par
2023Chris Kirk+3000-14
2022Sepp Straka+10000-10
2021Matt Jones+8000-12
2020Sungjae Im+3500-6
2019Keith Mitchell+30000-9
2018Justin Thomas+1200-8
2017Rickie Fowler+1600-12
2016Adam Scott+2000-9
2015Padraig Harrington+40000-6
2014Russell Henley+30000-8

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