The Honda Classic 2015
MONDAY 23 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 1 MARCH 2015
The Honda Classic at PGA National is one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR, and the first stop on the "Florida Swing." Top players on tour, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Lee Westwood, compete for a purse of over $5.6 million. The 2014 champion Russell Henley rose to victory over The Champion course at PGA National and the infamous Bear Trap – holes 15-17 – commonly regarded as the toughest three-hole stretch on the PGA TOUR.
THE HONDA CLASSIC 2014 PLAYED WITH AN IMPRESSIVE FIELD AND RUSSELL HENLEY TRIUMPHS!
Congratulations to Russell Henley, winner of the 2014 tour championship at PGA National Resort & Spa!
Russell Henley captured his second PGA TOUR win over the strongest field in the tournament to date, including 8 of the top 10 ranked players in the world.
Henley prevailed by way of a four-man playoff against Russell Knox, Ryan Palmer and Rory McIlroy. McIlroy began the day with a two-shot lead, but stumbled with a final round 74.
While McIlroy struggled on the final day, he still fought his way into a position to win with an amazing 2nd shot into 18 that set up an 11 foot eagle putt. When his attempt slid by, the stage was set for a thrilling finish, culminating with Henley's birdie on the first playoff hole for the win.
Honda Classic History
Founded in 1972 as the Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic, The Honda Classic is a PGA TOUR golf tournament played each March at PGA National in Florida. In 1981, American Motors (AMC) backed the tournament, but in 1982, Honda took over the title sponsorship. 3. After years of moving from course to course, the tournament found its home in 2007 on PGA National Resort & Spa's Champion course. The 2007 event marked a new executive director, Ken Kennerly, who oversees the tournament organizing committee. The tournament's main beneficiary is the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, which is chaired by Barbara Nicklaus, wife of golfing legend Jack Nicklaus.