First Look: The Honda Classic

Rickie Fowler The Honda Classic
Rickie Fowler reacts on the 8th green during the final round of The Honda Classic at PGA National on Feb 26, 2017 in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

With the 2018 West Coast Swing in the books, the PGA Tour begins its Florida Swing, which includes a one-week detour to Mexico. The first stop in the Sunshine state is Palm Beach Gardens for The Honda Classic, where Rickie Fowler returns to defend his 2017 title.

Before we publish the weekly primer, let’s take a quick look at the long-running tour event at PGA National.


Tournament: The Honda Classic
Dates: Feb. 22-25, 2018
Where: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Course: PGA National (Champions)
Distance: Par 70/7140 yards
Architect: George and Tom Fazio (1980)
Redesign: Jack Nicklaus (1990, 2002)
Format: 72-holes, stroke play, 36-hole cut
Purse: $6,600,000
Winning Share: $1,188,000
Points: 500 (FedExCup), 54 (OWGR)
Hashtag: #HondaClassic
Defending Champion: Rickie Fowler
Marquee Players: Fowler, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed, and Justin Thomas.


Round 1: Thu 3-6:00 pm (GOLF)
Round 2: Fri 3-6:00 pm (GOLF)
Round 3: Sat 1-2:45 pm (GOLF), 3-6 pm (NBC)
Round 4: Sun 1-2:45 pm (GOLF), 3-6 pm (NBC)
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Thu: High 80° Partly Cloudy
Fri: High 81° Sunny
Sat: High 81° Partly Cloudy
Sun: High 82° Partly Cloudy

Credits: PGA Tour Media, Getty Images


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