The Honda Classic 2017 #PGATour

Tournament Information

Founded in 1972 as The Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic

Location              Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Established          1972, 45 years ago

Course                 PGA National Golf Club,

Par                        70

Length                  7,158 yards

‘Bear Trap’

Home of Jack Nicklaus’ infamous ‘Bear Trap’ that includes holes 15 through 17.

Defending Champion

Adam Scott with a score of -9, 271

Inaugural Winner

Tom Weiskopf

Prize Money

1972 $52,000

2016 $1,098,000

What a difference 44 years makes.

Tournament Record Score

 Justin Leonard posted the tournament low score in 2003 with 24 under par.

Multiple Winners

Jack Nicklaus: 1977, 1978

Johnny Miller: 1980, 1983

Mark Calcavecchia: 1987, 1998

Pádraig Harrington: 2005, 2015

Tournament Highlights

1972: Tom Weiskopf out dueled Jack Nicklaus to win the inaugural tournament by a single shot.

1978: Jack Nicklaus birdies the last five holes to win by one stroke.

1980: Johnny Miller captured his first tournament win since Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club

1991: Steve Pate shoots the worst last-round score by a PGA Tour tournament winner in ten years, a 75, but still wins by three strokes.

1992: Corey Pavin won in a sudden-death playoff after holing a 136-yard 8-iron shot for eagle on the finale hole of regulation to tie for the lead with Fred “Boom Boom” Couples

1996: Tim Herron was the first PGA Tour rookie to win wire-to-wire in 13 years.

2004: Thirty-eight-year-old PGA Tour rookie Todd Hamilton wins by one shot over Davis Love III.

2012: Rory McIlroy wins and claims the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.


“The Bear Trap”

“The Bear Trap” on PGA National Champion course is a daunting trio of holes 15, 16 and 17 is one of the most challenging three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour.

The name “The Bear Trap” precisely describes the difficulty and pays tribute PGA Tour legend Jack Nicklaus.

The plaque and bear statue honors what has become one of the ultimate challenges PGA Tour golfers face all season.

What do the Pros Say about The Bear Trap?

“It should all be won or lost here”

-Jack Nicklaus.

“There are no bailouts. You have to commit and hit a good shot,”

-Tiger Woods

“I don’t care if they make golf balls that go for a thousand yards. The Bear Trap will stand the test no matter what the equipment is,”

-Jack Nicklaus

“No. 17 is one of the hardest we play,”

-Jesper Parnevik

It’s not about length, it’s about precision. It’s about guts. It’s all about what do you have in your chest that you can finish those holes,”

-Jack Nicklaus

“On Sunday when the pin is in the back right on No. 17, this is the hardest hole we play on TOUR,”

-Robert Allenby

“Standing on the 15 th tee, even with a six-shot lead, I’m going to be nervous still. You’re got to get good shots coming in”

-Mark Wilson

“There’s a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap because if it doesn’t get you one way, it’s going to get you another,”

-Rory Sabbatini

“Probably some of the toughest three holes in world golf really — especially when the wind is up,”

-Graeme McDowell

“You have to be pretty precise. You get through that stretch in even par for the week, you’ve done very well.”

-Rory McIlroy

“16, if you get your drive away, is OK. But obviously missing it right isn’t very good.” – Rory McIlroy

The Honda Classic Cares

The Honda Classic Cares. Our true mission is giving back to the children of the community. While the tournament strives to provide Palm Beach County with a premier professional sporting event, the ultimate goal is to positively impact youth in need and create a brighter future for our community.

Children’s Healthcare Charity

Children’s Healthcare Charity is the host organization of The Honda Classic established to contribute net proceeds from tournament and special event programs to South Florida 501(c)(3) organizations. Through our primary beneficiary, Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation, CHC supports initiatives that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of childhood disease

s and disorders, as well as other not-for-profit programs and projects aimed at pediatric health care and health-related services. More information about the excellent work of the Nicklaus Children’s Health Care Foundation can be found at

American Honda Birdies for Children

American Honda Birdies for Children program is a vehicle for local charities to team up with The Honda Classic and present their donor base with a chance to win a new Honda automobile, while at the same time, the charity benefits from the proceeds plus a 10% matching contribution courtesy of The Honda Classic.

2017 Honda Classic Fantasy Golf Picks

Adam Scott        

He is the defending champ and leads the tour in strokes gained putting.

Rickie Fowler     

Because Patrick Reed isn’t playing.

Sergio Garcia     

The 2016 runner-up, winner three weeks ago in Dubai, and Sergio is red hot..

Padraig Harrington

He is the 2015 Champion with rounds of 67, 66, 71, and 70. Despite a neck injury and missing the cut last week the three time major winner can never be counted out.

Back Up Picks

Daniel Berger

Berger lost in a playoff here in 2015 when he closed with 64.

Brendan Steele

Twelve consecutive cuts made, a win, and has made the cut in six tries at PGA National.

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