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What: The Honda Classic Golf 2019 Live
Where: PGA National Golf Club Champion Course – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
When: Feb 28 – Mar 3
Defending champion: Justin Thomas
Now that the West Coast swing and the one-week Mexico sojourn are behind us, the PGA Tour shifts east to the Sunshine State for the new-look Florida Swing. The events themselves are familiar—the Honda Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Players Championship and Valspar Championship—but the order is not. Last year, when the Players was still in May, the Honda was followed by the WGC-Mexico, then the Tour came back to Florida for the Valspar and API at Bay Hill. The Players’ moving back to March prompted the Tour to bump the Mexico event before the Honda. On one hand, now we have a true Florida Swing—four events in four weeks, all in Florida—which makes sense geographically. On the other hand, the Honda is getting a bit of a raw hand. Many elite golfers played in both the Genesis Open (two weeks ago) and last week’s WGC, and many of those same players want to play at Bay Hill and the Players. Playing five straight weeks isn’t desirable nor feasible, so as a consequence, this year’s Honda field isn’t exactly star studded: just three of the top 20 players and six of the top 25 are competing, whereas a year ago there were 12 top-25 players in the field. Noticably absent is Tiger Woods, who lives just a short drive away from this week’s host venue, PGA National. It was at this tournament last year that Woods’ comeback kicked into gear, as his T12 finished sparked a nice run of play that included a T2 at the Valspar. Despite a distinct lack of starpower, the difficult PGA National layout and the iconic “Bear Trap” stretch (15, 16, 17) seem to always deliver. Let’s just hope that no fans this year dare to ask for a ball to go into a bunker. THE COURSE The Champion Course at PGA National, located in Palm Beach Gardens (just southwest of PGA Tour player Mecca Jupiter), was originally designed by George and Tom Fazio in 1981—Tom Fazio’s other designs include Shadow Creek, Gozzer Ranch and Firestone—and it’s clear they had elite tournament play in mind. It was given a redesign in 2014 by Jack Nickalus and was actually closed from June-October of last year for further renovations. It’s widely regarded as one of the most difficult courses on Tour, and the average winning score from the past six Honda Classics is 8.66 under, which is closer to what you see at majors than normal PGA Tour events. The most famous stretch of the course is nicknamed the “Bear Trap,” after Nicklaus. Like the rest of the course, water is everywhere on the par-3 15th, the par-4 16th and the par-3 17th. Here’s a look at the second shot on 16.And the brutal par-3 17th. Imagine having to hit this shot in 20 mph winds with a tournament on the line: Look, I’m as tired of hearing about the bear trap (holes Nos. 15-17 at PGA National, site of this week’s Honda Classic for those who don’t know) as you are, but the reality is that these holes matter because they comprise part of one of the toughest courses on the PGA Tour. In fact, PGA National had three of the nine toughest holes played on the PGA Tour in 2018 and likely will again in 2019. Here’s a look at the top 10 hardest in 2018.Take the U.S. Open venue of Shinnecock out of it, and the Honda Classic had three of the six hardest, including two of the three bear trap holes in par 3s at No. 15 and No. 17. Still, some participants in this week’s event, including 2017 runner-up Gary Woodland, think these holes might not play as difficult this time around as they normally do. “Obviously everybody talks about the finish with 15, 16, 17 there, the three hardest stretch of holes that we see all year,” said Woodland this week. “But it’s based a lot on the wind, too, and the wind is supposed to be down this week. The greens are obviously new, so they’re extremely firm, so that’ll definitely pose a test. But all in all, I think the scores might be a little lower than typical with the wind down, so we’ll see how that goes.” Regardless, the Honda Classic poses a stiff pre-Players Championship and pre-Masters examination of where players’ games are at. A single-digit number under par has won this event in five of the last six years, which is atypical for most PGA Tour tournaments. Maybe that’s not the case this time around, and maybe the bear trap has been de-clawed by a lack of wind. But I’ll believe that when I see it as the Florida swing gets underway on Thursday..Subcribe Now