Brooks Koepka threatening to boss Honda Classic weekend
Daniel Berger can surge up leaderboard
Sky Sports Golf, 6pm Saturday
US Tour maidens Keith Mitchell and Sungjae Im lead the Honda Classic at the halfway stage, the American and the Korean reaching six under par on the Champion Course, PGA National, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Mitchell, who missed all three cuts in the West Coast Swing, is much happier putting on the Bermuda grass greens of Florida. The pre-tournament 200-1 chance followed a 68 with a 66 and has shortened to 12-1.
Im, the star of the Web.com Tour last season, fired a brilliant second-round 64 to shoot up the leaderboard. His West Coast form figures were 52-MC-MC, but the ante-post 80-1 poke is 8-1 going into the weekend.
Former world number one Brooks Koepka, who has dropped to fourth in the rankings after a slow start to the year, is Honda Classic favourite with 36 holes to play. The Floridian is relishing the tough set-up in his home state and is four under par.
Koepka was 14-1, third in the outright betting behind Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler, on tournament-eve, but he has upstaged the more fancied pair and is 4-1 market leader. Thomas is eight shots behind, while Fowler has a five-shot weekend deficit to overcome.
Mitchell was abysmal when contending for the Sony Open title at the start of the year, while it may also be expecting too much of Im to convert this opportunity on a brutal track so early in his US Tour career. Major champions typically flourish at PGA National and Koepka fully deserves his short-price status.
Punters looking for more juicier outright prices should consider Charl Schwartzel (25-1, three shots behind), Billy Horschel (33-1, four) and Daniel Berger (80-1, five), but the 4-1 Koepka is a rock-solid play, especially with each-way terms of a quarter the four freely available.
Third-round twoball punters should consider Berger, who is on offer at a surprisingly big price to defeat Canadian plodder Nick Taylor.
Berger, fully fit for the first time in several weeks after wrist problems, is competing on his home track and closed round two with a textbook birdie. The 2015 Honda Classic playoff loser, who tied for second place in the Puerto Rico Open last week, can be expected to surge up the leaderboard and leave his playing partner behind in the 4.05pm match.
Thomas has been struggling with arm issues since hitting a large tree trunk with his follow-through during round one. It is worth chancing Trey Mullinax to beat the world number three in the 1.05pm contest.
3pts 8-11 bet365, Hills
1pt 2-1 Betfair, Power
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