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The Honda Classic
The Honda Classic is an annual golfing event held at PGA
National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens that will
run from February 19 until 25, 2018. The Honda Classic is
a professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour founded
45 years ago in 1972 as Jackie Gleason’s “Inverrary Classic”
and is usually the first of the Florida events in late winter
following the “West Coast Swing.” Since 1982, Honda
(American Honda Motor Company) has been the title
sponsor of The Honda Classic. The tournament had many
locations such as Miami, Lauderhill, Weston and Coral
Springs prior to coming to Palm Beach Gardens in 2003.
It has called PGA National Resort & Spa its home since
2007. Since 2007, the tournament’s main beneficiary is the
Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, chaired by
Barbara Nicklaus, wife of golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
Many professional golfers come to this event and spend
the week playing and interacting with the crowds. Some
celebrated golfers who have won this tournament before
include Jack Nicklaus in 1977 and 1978, the only consecutive
winner in its history as well as PGA pros Rickie
Fowler (2017), Adam Scott (2016), Rory McIlroy (2012)
and Ernie Els (2008). The roster for this year hasn’t been
posted yet but you can bet there are will be many pro
golfers that you will want to watch.
Besides the main gold tournament, you will find various
“special events” prior to the actual Honda Classic week.
These events would be the Junior Honda Classic (January
6-7, 2018) and The Honda Classic 5K (January 20, 2018).
Another special event is “The First Tee Invitational”
held the Monday directly after The Honda Classic, the
Champion Course is yours for the taking! This is your
chance to experience what PGA TOUR professionals do
on Championship Sunday. The Champion Course will
be set up in the same condition with the same pin placements
as it was for the final round the day before.
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