The Honda Classic will be played Thursday through next Sunday on the Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
Adam Scott will defendi his title against a field that includes 12 of the top 25 players, according to Official World Golf Rankings. Click here
The Honda Classic awarded a record $3.212 million in charitable contributions in 2016, the 10th straight year the event has increased its charitable distribution to South Florida Children’s Charities. The tournament also attracted 202,128 confirmed spectators between Monday’s Pro-Am and Sunday’s final round that saw Adam Scott fight off Sergio Garcia to take the Honda Classic title.
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The Bear Trap always takes center stage during the Honda Classic, and for good reason.
Honda Classic : Since the tournament moved to the Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa in 2007, the Bear Trap’s 15th, 16th and 17th make up the third-toughest three-hole stretch on the PGA Tour, with players averaging .641 strokes over par.
But as defending Honda champion Adam Scott points out, the rest of the par-70 layout can easily ruin your round, and your psyche.
“PGA National is a bit of a brute, if you can call it that, if that’s OK,” Scott said during phone interview last week. “It’s set up incredibly fairly for us every year and we find it hard to get to double digits under par. It’s very demanding, not just the Bear Trap but many other holes have quite subtle challenges that make it difficult for us.
“The Bear Trap, you’ve already survived by the time you’ve got around there. Five is an incredibly difficult golf hole and if your confidence gets knocked early, I even think holes like three, The Honda Classic if you miss the fairway it’s very difficult to hit the green and it’s very difficult pitching around that green. The round can get away from you quickly, early.”
Scott’s claim is supported by statistics. The 217-yard par-3 fifth, the 479-yard par-5 sixth, which plays as a par 4 for the Honda, and the 226-yard par-3 seventh make up the Tour’s fourth-hardest three-hole stretch over the past 10 years at .618 over par.