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As the first event on the Florida leg on the tour, expectations are always high as the players head to the PGA National at Palm Beach Gardens and the tournament rarely disappoints.
With one of the best stretch of finishing holes in the country, players can’t put both hands on the trophy till the final putt is sank on the 18th hole on Sunday afternoon.
The Honda Classic is the PGA Tour’s first event on the Florida swing at PGA National Resort at Palm Beach Gardens. Historically, the tournament has not always attracted the biggest names but in recent years many of the modern greats have turned out to make this event one of the most exciting on the current calendar.
Since its inception on the tour in 1972 the tournament has moved around some of the best courses in the state and has some of the best players in history etched on it’s trophy including the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Lee Trevino. More recently, green jacket winner Adam Scott has lifted the trophy and former world number 1 Rory Mcilroy has also been victorious since the event moved to PGA National.
2019 Winner: Keith Mitchell (-9, $1,224,000 Prize Money)
Most wins: Jack Nicklaus: (1976/1977/1978)
Lowest 72 Hole Score: 264 (-24), Justin Leonard, 2003
Lowest Round: 61 (-11), Brian Harman, 2012
|2012||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||-12||$1,026,000|
|2011||Rory Sabbatini||South Africa||-9||$1,026,000|
|2009||Yan Yon-eun||South Korea||-9||$1,008,000|
|2008||Ernie Els||South Africa||-6||$990,000|
Measuring in at just 7,048 yards it is by no means the longest course on the calendar. The closing set of holes dubbed the ‘Bear Trap’ players must rely on both power and precision in order to safely navigate the course.
Originally designed by Tom and George Fazio, PGA National has played hosted to the final major of the year back in 1987 and the fiercely fought Ryder Cup of 1983 which saw the USA just edging to victory by 1 point.
Course: Champion Course
Yardage: 7,048 Yards
Designed by: Tom and George Fazio
Previously hosted: Senior PGA Championship (1982-2000), PGA Championship (1987), Ryder Cup (1983)
Weather for the Honda Classic
Throughout the month of February temperatures are constantly rising in Florida reaching highs of 23 degrees celsius. With the sun shining and the rain staying away, spectators can enjoy watching some fantastic golf in a beautiful setting.
The world famous Blue Monster at Trump National Doral is tougher, longer and more dramtic than ever since the re-sculpting of the course by Gil Hanse
Strategically placed bunkers, long fairways flanked by deep Bermuda rough and undulating greens await not to mention the challenging assortment of water hazzards dotted around the course.
Designed by the same man responsible for Pinehurst No.2 this 6,800 yard monster of a course is highly acclaimed as one of the most superb layouts in the South.
The Biltmore has all of Ross's traits and characteristics, variety, strategy and naturalness, attracting more than just your average golfer as movie stars, sports personalities and dignitaries are often seen on the course.
The Jones course offers a great test of championship golf combined with awe-inspiring backrops of the Atlantic coastline.
Even the longest driver of a golf ball will be tested on this 7,000 yard plus monster with no less than 11 holes being entwined with the network of lagoons and pure white sand bunkers protecting the slick putting surfaces.
Regarded by many as the best of the three courses at Palmetto Dunes the Hills course requires accuracy from the tee along with great club selection for consistant scoring.
Arthur Hills took full advantage of the continuous lines of dunes and thick stands of palmettos creating a continously rolling layout with dramatic elevation changes. This balanced test is as beautiful as it is enjoyable, which is why it is a firm Hilton Head favourite.
The Fazio layout at Palmetto Dunes contains great swathes of sand littered all over the course, the positioning of these hazards make the Fazio course one of the most demanding on the island.
Precision is required to avoid the bunkers and water hazards that come into play but Fazio's creation is a joy to behold, and is an integral component of a golf trip to Hilton Head.