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PGA - The Honda Classic Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, February 26th through Sunday, March 1st
SITE: PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course), Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
COURSE ARCHITECT: Tom and George Fazio (1981), Jack Nicklaus (1990, 2002, 13)
PAR: 70
YARDAGE: 7,140
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 365 Yds10 - Par 4 508 Yds
2 - Par 4 464 Yds11 - Par 4 450 Yds
3 - Par 5 538 Yds12 - Par 4 438 Yds
4 - Par 4 395 Yds13 - Par 4 388 Yds
5 - Par 3 217 Yds14 - Par 4 465 Yds
6 - Par 4 479 Yds15 - Par 3 179 Yds
7 - Par 3 226 Yds16 - Par 4 434 Yds
8 - Par 4 427 Yds17 - Par 3 190 Yds
9 - Par 4 421 Yds18 - Par 5 556 Yds
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35 3,532 Yds35 3,608 Yds
 
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
 
2014 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Russell Henley *272David Hearn274
Russell Knox272Will MacKenzie274
Rory McIlroy272Four players at275
Ryan Palmer272
Billy Hurley III273

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past Honda Classic Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2014*Russell Henley (272) -- Russell Knox, Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer
2013Michael Thompson (271) -- Geoff Ogilvy
2012Rory McIlroy (268) -- Tom Gillis, Tiger Woods
2011Rory Sabbatini (271) -- Y.E. Yang
2010Camilo Villegas (267) -- Anthony Kim
2009Y.E. Yang (271) -- John Rollins
2008Ernie Els (274) -- Luke Donald
2007*Mark Wilson (275) -- Jose Coceres, Boo Weekley, Camilo Villegas
2006Luke Donald (276) -- Geoff Ogilvy
2005*Padraig Harrington (274) -- Vijay Singh, Joe Ogilvie
2004Todd Hamilton (276) -- Davis Love III
2003Justin Leonard (264) -- Chad Campbell, Davis Love III
2002Matt Kuchar (269) -- Brad Faxon, Joey Sindelar
2001Jesper Parnevik (270) -- Craig Perks, Mark Calcavecchia, Geoff Ogilvy
2000Dudley Hart (269) -- J.P. Hayes, Kevin Wentworth
1999Vijay Singh (277) -- Payne Stewart
1998Mark Calcavecchia (270) -- Vijay Singh
1997Stuart Appleby (274) -- Michael Bradley, Payne Stewart
1996Tim Herron (271) -- Mark McCumber
1995Mark O'Meara (275) -- Nick Faldo
1994Nick Price (276) -- Craig Parry
1993*#Fred Couples (207) -- Robert Gamez
1992*Corey Pavin (273) -- Fred Couples
1991Steve Pate (279) -- Paul Azinger, Dan Halldorson
1990John Huston (282) -- Mark Calcavecchia
1989Blaine McCallister (266) -- Payne Stewart
1988Joey Sindelar (276) -- Ed Fiori, Sandy Lyle, Payne Stewart
1987Mark Calcavecchia (279) -- Bernhard Langer, Payne Stewart
1986Kenny Knox (287) -- Andy Bean, John Mahaffey, Jodie Mudd, Clarence Rose
1985*Curtis Strange (275) -- Peter Jacobsen
1984*Bruce Lietzke (280) -- Andy Bean
1983Johnny Miller (278) -- Jack Nicklaus
1982Hale Irwin (269) -- Jack Nicklaus, Denis Watson
1981Tom Kite (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1980Johnny Miller (274) -- Charles Coody, Bruce Lietzke
1979Larry Nelson (274) -- Grier Jones
1978Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Grier Jones
1977Jack Nicklaus (275) -- Gary Player
1976@Jack Nicklaus (269) -- J.C.Snead (Tournament Players Championship)
1975Bob Murphy (273) -- Eddie Pearce
1974Leonard Thompson (278) -- Hale Irwin
1973Lee Trevino (279) -- Forrest Fezler
1972Tom Weiskopf (278) -- Jack Nicklaus

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

@ - Tournament Players Championship

Note:Formerly called Honda Inverrary Classic (1982-83), American Motors
Inverrary Classic (1981), Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic (1974-80), Jackie Gleason's Inverrary National Airlines Classic (1973) and Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic (1972). Inverrary Golf and Country Club served as host to the Tournament Players Championship in 1976.

Top Contenders in the Field
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) - Finished tied for 22nd
 
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

As of February 24, 2015, at 01:26 PM ET

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