The Honda Classic 2016
MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY TO SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2016
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 Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and Lee Westwood, compete for a purse of $6.1 million. The 2015 champion Padraig Harrington 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 2015 PLAYED WITH AN IMPRESSIVE FIELD AND PADRAIG HARRINGTON TRIUMPHS!
The 2015 Honda Classic winner is Padraig Harrington who birdied the 72nd hole and beat Daniel Berger in a playoff to claim his first TOUR victory since the 2008 PGA Championship.
Harrington's 17th tee shot in his Monday playoff finished inside 5 feet of the cup. When Berger, a 21-year-old rooking making his 12th TOUR start, followed with a tee shot that landed in the water, Harrington's path to his first TOUR win in nearly 2,400 days was clear.
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.