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PGA - The Honda Classic Preview

Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st
PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Course Architect: | Par: 70 | Yardage: 7,140

Hole By Hole

Front Nine: Par 35 3,532 Yds

  • 1 - Par 4 365 Yds
  • 2 - Par 4 464 Yds
  • 3 - Par 5 538 Yds
  • 4 - Par 4 395 Yds
  • 5 - Par 3 217 Yds
  • 6 - Par 4 479 Yds
  • 7 - Par 3 226 Yds
  • 8 - Par 4 427 Yds
  • 9 - Par 4 421 Yds

Back Nine: Par 35 3,608 Yds

  • 10 - Par 4 508 Yds
  • 11 - Par 4 450 Yds
  • 12 - Par 4 438 Yds
  • 13 - Par 4 388 Yds
  • 14 - Par 4 465 Yds
  • 15 - Par 3 179 Yds
  • 16 - Par 4 434 Yds
  • 17 - Par 3 190 Yds
  • 18 - Par 5 556 Yds

Tournament Info

Annual
43rd
Television
Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 2-6 p.m. (et), - Thursday/Friday -- 9 p.m.-1 a.m. (et) - replay, - Saturday/Sunday -- 1-3 p.m. (et), NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 3-6 p.m. (et), Golf Channel - Saturday/Sunday -- 7 p.m.-12 a.m. (et) - replay
Defending Champion
Russell Henley
Runner-Up
Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer
Tournament Record
264 (Justin Leonard, 2003)
54-Hole Record
196 (Davis Love III, 2003)
36-Hole Record
128 (Dan Pohl, 1989)
Course Record
61 (Brian Harman, 2012)
Total Purse
$6,100,000
Shares
1st Place - $1,098,000; 2nd Place - $658,800; 3rd Place - $414,800

Tournament Finishes

2014

  • Russell Henley * (272)
  • Russell Knox (272)
  • Rory McIlroy (272)
  • Ryan Palmer (272)
  • Billy Hurley III (273)
  • David Hearn (274)
  • Will MacKenzie (274)
  • Four players at (275)

Past Winners

2014

Winner:
*Russell Henley (272)
Runner Up:
Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer

2013

Winner:
Michael Thompson (271)
Runner Up:
Geoff Ogilvy

2012

Winner:
Rory McIlroy (268)
Runner Up:
Tom Gillis, Tiger Woods

2011

Winner:
Rory Sabbatini (271)
Runner Up:
Y.E. Yang

2010

Winner:
Camilo Villegas (267)
Runner Up:
Anthony Kim

2009

Winner:
Y.E. Yang (271)
Runner Up:
John Rollins

2008

Winner:
Ernie Els (274)
Runner Up:
Luke Donald

2007

Winner:
*Mark Wilson (275)
Runner Up:
Jose Coceres, Boo Weekley, Camilo Villegas

2006

Winner:
Luke Donald (276)
Runner Up:
Geoff Ogilvy

2005

Winner:
*Padraig Harrington (274)
Runner Up:
Vijay Singh, Joe Ogilvie

2004

Winner:
Todd Hamilton (276)
Runner Up:
Davis Love III

2003

Winner:
Justin Leonard (264)
Runner Up:
Chad Campbell, Davis Love III

2002

Winner:
Matt Kuchar (269)
Runner Up:
Brad Faxon, Joey Sindelar

2001

Winner:
Jesper Parnevik (270)
Runner Up:
Craig Perks, Mark Calcavecchia, Geoff Ogilvy

2000

Winner:
Dudley Hart (269)
Runner Up:
J.P. Hayes, Kevin Wentworth

1999

Winner:
Vijay Singh (277)
Runner Up:
Payne Stewart

1998

Winner:
Mark Calcavecchia (270)
Runner Up:
Vijay Singh

1997

Winner:
Stuart Appleby (274)
Runner Up:
Michael Bradley, Payne Stewart

1996

Winner:
Tim Herron (271)
Runner Up:
Mark McCumber

1995

Winner:
Mark O'Meara (275)
Runner Up:
Nick Faldo

1994

Winner:
Nick Price (276)
Runner Up:
Craig Parry

1993

Winner:
*#Fred Couples (207)
Runner Up:
Robert Gamez

1992

Winner:
*Corey Pavin (273)
Runner Up:
Fred Couples

1991

Winner:
Steve Pate (279)
Runner Up:
Paul Azinger, Dan Halldorson

1990

Winner:
John Huston (282)
Runner Up:
Mark Calcavecchia

1989

Winner:
Blaine McCallister (266)
Runner Up:
Payne Stewart

1988

Winner:
Joey Sindelar (276)
Runner Up:
Ed Fiori, Sandy Lyle, Payne Stewart

1987

Winner:
Mark Calcavecchia (279)
Runner Up:
Bernhard Langer, Payne Stewart

1986

Winner:
Kenny Knox (287)
Runner Up:
Andy Bean, John Mahaffey, Jodie Mudd, Clarence Rose

1985

Winner:
*Curtis Strange (275)
Runner Up:
Peter Jacobsen

1984

Winner:
*Bruce Lietzke (280)
Runner Up:
Andy Bean

1983

Winner:
Johnny Miller (278)
Runner Up:
Jack Nicklaus

1982

Winner:
Hale Irwin (269)
Runner Up:
Jack Nicklaus, Denis Watson

1981

Winner:
Tom Kite (274)
Runner Up:
Jack Nicklaus

1980

Winner:
Johnny Miller (274)
Runner Up:
Charles Coody, Bruce Lietzke

1979

Winner:
Larry Nelson (274)
Runner Up:
Grier Jones

1978

Winner:
Jack Nicklaus (276)
Runner Up:
Grier Jones

1977

Winner:
Jack Nicklaus (275)
Runner Up:
Gary Player

1976

Winner:
@Jack Nicklaus (269)
Runner Up:
J.C.Snead (Tournament Players Championship)

1975

Winner:
Bob Murphy (273)
Runner Up:
Eddie Pearce

1974

Winner:
Leonard Thompson (278)
Runner Up:
Hale Irwin

1973

Winner:
Lee Trevino (279)
Runner Up:
Forrest Fezler

1972

Winner:
Tom Weiskopf (278)
Runner Up:
Jack Nicklaus
* - Won in Playoff

Top Contenders

Player2005200620072008200920102011201220132014
Russell Henley------------------------T-13Won
Ryan PalmerT-34---mc---T-52mc---T-26T-41T-2
Rory McIlroy------------T-13T-40T-70WonwdT-2
Russell Knox---------------------------T-2
Luke Donald---WonT-462nd------T-10------T-8
Sergio Garcia---------T-43T-13T-50---------T-8
Keegan Bradley------------------mcT-12T-4T-12
Paul Casey---------------T-4------mcT-12
Rickie Fowler---------------mcmcT-7T-13T-24
Patrick Reed------------------------T-58T-24
Rory Sabbatini------------------WonT-62mcT-33
Zach Johnson---------T-30---------------T-33
Camilo Villegas---T-31T-2T-24mcWonmcmcmcT-41
Lee Westwood---T-55---------T-9T-294thT-9T-46
Graeme McDowellT-65------------T-31T-6T-9T-9T-46
Mark WilsonT-63---Wonmcmc72nd---T-30T-37T-46
Y.E. Yang---------T-72Wonmc2ndT-30T-18T-75
Michael Thompson---------------------T-47Wonmc
Martin Kaymer------------------------T-51mc
Padraig HarringtonWonT-16T-13------T-40---71st---mc
Phil Mickelson---------------------------mc
Justin RoseT-14------T-15mc3rd---T-5T-4---
Dustin Johnson---------mc------------T-46---

Sports Network Selections

Pick To Win:
Rory McIlroy
Darkhorse
Keegan Bradley
Last Week's Pick To Win - Bubba Watson
Finished tied for 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse - Nick Watney
NOTES: The PGA Tour heads east to Florida this week for the first of four straight events in the Sunshine State. First up is the Honda Classic. An outstanding field is on hand, as 11 of the top-20 players in the world are expected to tee it up. The purse increased $100,000 from last year to $6.1 million, with the winner receiving $1,098,000. World No. 1 Rory McIlroy is making his PGA Tour season debut this week. He captured this title in 2012 and finished tied for second last year. McIlroy won his last time out on the European Tour at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic four weeks ago. He has finished first or second in his last five events dating back to last season. McIlroy has recorded seven straight top-10 finishes and has finished in the top 10 in 10 of his last 11 events, including four wins. The Champion Course at PGA National Resort and Spa staged the 1983 Ryder Cup matches and the 1987 PGA Championship, won by Larry Nelson. The course was also the site of 28 Senior PGA Championships and five PGA Club Professional Championships. The Champion Course was originally designed by Tom and George Fazio in 1981 and redesigned and renovated by Jack Nicklaus in 1990, 2002 and 2013. Last year, Russell Henley birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Russell Knox, McIlroy and Ryan Palmer. The players finished regulation at 8-under-par 272. It was Henley's second PGA Tour title after winning the 2013 Sony Open in Hawaii. In 2013, Michael Thompson shot rounds of 67-65-70-69 and picked up his first PGA Tour victory. Thompson closed at 9-under 271 -- good for a 2-stroke win over Geoff Ogilvy. Thompson became the 12th player to earn his first PGA Tour win at this event, joining Leonard Thompson (1974), Larry Nelson (1979), Kenny Knox (1986), John Huston (1990), Tim Herron (1996), Stuart Appleby (1997), Matt Kuchar (2002), Todd Hamilton (2004), Padraig Harrington (2005), Mark Wilson (2007) and Y.E. Yang (2009). In 2012, McIlroy became the No. 1 player in the world after he withstood a furious charge from Tiger Woods to win. McIlroy shot four rounds in the 60s and finished the championship at 12-under 268. That was enough for a 2-shot victory over Woods and Tom Gillis. Woods recorded two eagles in the final round, including one at 18, for a final-round, 8-under 62. Not only was that Woods' lowest final round in his PGA Tour career, it was also his best round on tour since the third round of the 2009 BMW Championship. McIlroy became the youngest winner in tournament history at 22 years and 10 months old. In 2009, Yang birdied three straight holes on the front nine in the final round, then hung on to defeat John Rollins and win by a single stroke. Yang, who entered the event ranked 460th in the world, shot a 2-under 68 on the final day and completed his first PGA Tour title at 9-under-par 271. He joined K.J. Choi as the only two Koreans to win on the PGA Tour. Yang went onto win the PGA Championship in 2009, coming from behind to defeat Woods in the final round. Harrington holed a 6-foot par putt on the second playoff hole in 2005 and then watched as Vijay Singh's short par effort lipped out to give the Irishman his first career victory on the PGA Tour. Harrington's 6-shot comeback in the final round was the largest in event history. In 2003, course records were falling, as Davis Love III set a new 54-hole mark of 196 after back-to-back 65s in rounds two and three. That same year, Justin Leonard's tournament total of 264 broke the event mark by two shots set back in 1989 by Blaine McCallister. Jack Nicklaus is the only player to win this event two straight years (1977-78). Nicklaus, Johnny Miller and Mark Calcavecchia are the only multiple champions. In addition, Nicklaus won here in 1976 when it hosted The Tournament Players Championship. Over the years, this tournament has been staged at many sites. From 1972 through 1983 it was held at Inverrary Golf & Country Club's East Course, when it was titled the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic. Under its present name, the tournament moved to the TPC at Eagle Trace from 1984 through 1991. In 1992, the event moved to Weston Hills Golf & Country Club for four seasons, followed by a one-year return to the TPC at Eagle Trace. From 1997 to 2002, the TPC at Heron Bay was the host venue. The Country Club at Mirasol hosted from 2003-06 before the tournament moved to PGA National in 2007. The last time a player shot 80 and still won a tournament on the PGA Tour was in 1986, when Kenny Knox claimed a 1-shot victory at this event. The PGA Tour continues its Florida swing in Miami next week for the WGC- Cadillac Championship, as Patrick Reed defends his title at Trump National Doral against the best players in the world. The rest of the PGA Tour will be at the Puerto Rico Open, where Chesson Hadley captured the 2014 event. 02/24 13:25:27 ET
 
 
 
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