The PGA Honda Classic, one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR, tees off Thursday, February 26th in Palm Beach, Florida. The tournament ends Sunday, March 1st and has a purse of $6,100,000. The tournament is worth 500 FedExCup points and will feature 16 of the top 25 players in the world.
Since 2007, the Honda Classic at PGA National has set the PGA TOUR’s “Florida Swing” in motion. Standing between the competitors and victory is The Champion and its infamous Bear Trap, which is commonly referred to as the toughest three-hole stretch on the PGA TOUR.
Russell Henley returns to defend his 2014 title in which he won in a final round playoff. Henley won the tournament with a final score of -8. Jack Nicklaus is the only consecutive winner in its history, winning in 1977 and 1978.
This year’s field includes: Martin Kaymer, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jason Dufner, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera, Padraig Harrington, Billy Horschel, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Schwartzel, Graeme McDowell, Ryo Ishikawa and many more.
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McIlroy is the odds on favorite to win the event. The world’s No. 1 ranked player played in 17 PGA Tour events in 2014 and finished in the top 25 in all 17 events. McIlroy won three events and finished in second place twice. Although it is very early in the season, the FedEx Cup leader is currently Jimmy Walker, who has one win in his eight events played with four top-10 finishes.
General admission tickets to the Honda Classic are available through their website, with rounds one through four (February 26th-March 1st) costing $45. The practice round on February 24th is $20 and a ticket to the Pro-Am on Wednesday cost $30.
The Florida Swing kicks off in Palm Beach, Florida for one of the tour’s premier events. The top golfers will be trying to navigate one of the more difficult courses on the PGA Tour.