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The Honda Classic is a PGA Tour golf tournament that is played each March in Floridamarker. It was founded in 1972 as the Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic. In 1981, American Motors (AMC) backed the tournament. Since 1982, Honda has been the title sponsor.

Tournament history

The event was originally played at the Inverrary Golf Club in Lauderhill, Floridamarker. In 1984, it moved to the TPC at Eagle Tracemarker in Coral Springs, Floridamarker, where it stayed until 1991. From 1992 to 1995, the event was held at the Weston Hills Golf & Country Club in Weston, Floridamarker. It then returned to Coral Springs, first at the TPC at Eagle Trace in 1996 and then at the TPC at Heron Bay from 1997 to 2002. In 2003, the event moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Floridamarker, first at the Country Club at Mirasol through 2006, then starting in 2007 at PGA National Resort and Spa's Champion Course. The 2007 event had a new executive director, Ken Kennerly, who oversees a newly formed tournament organizing committee.

As of 2007 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.

Player participation

Some celebrated golfers have won this tournament, including Jack Nicklaus in 1977 and 1978. However, it has acquired a reputation for struggling to attract the top players. Tiger Woods has never taken part, Ernie Els was an absentee from 1999 until 2008, and Phil Mickelson since 2002. This is despite the fact that the prize money is comparable to other PGA Tour events outside of the "big nine" (the majors, the World Golf Championships individual events, the Players Championship, and the Tour Championship). The total purse was US$5,600,000 in 2009, with a top prize of $1,008,000 (this can be contrasted to the total purse of $300,000 for the match held in 1981).

Part of the problem is this event's place on the schedule. It is the least-heralded of the PGA Tour's "Florida Swing" that includes the Bay Hill Invitational and the CA Championship (a World Golf Championship event). With these two other popular events, plus the The Mastersmarker in early April, many of the world's top players choose to take off the week of The Honda Classic. However, the hope is that the field will continue to strengthen due to the change in venue to PGA National, a well-regarded course that has twice hosted the PGA Championship.

Tournament hosts

Years Venue City
2007-09 PGA National Resort & Spa (Champion Course) Palm Beach Gardens, Floridamarker
2003-06 Country Club at Mirasol Palm Beach Gardens, Floridamarker
1997-2002 TPC at Heron Bay Coral Springs, Floridamarker
1996 TPC at Eagle Tracemarker Coral Springs, Floridamarker
1992-95 Weston Hills Golf and Country Club Weston, Floridamarker
1984-91 TPC at Eagle Trace Coral Springs, Floridamarker
1972-83 Inverrary Golf Club Lauderhill, Floridamarker


Winners

Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($) Purse ($)
Honda Classic
2009 Y.E. Yang 271 -9 1,008,000 5,600,000
2008 Ernie Els 274 -6 990,000 5,500,000
2007 Mark Wilson 275 -5 990,000 5,500,000
2006 Luke Donald 276 -12 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Pádraig Harrington 274 -14 990,000 5,500,000
2004 Todd Hamilton 276 -12 900,000 5,000,000
2003 Justin Leonard 264 -24 900,000 5,000,000
2002 Matt Kuchar 269 -19 630,000 3,500,000
2001 Jesper Parnevik 270 -18 576,000 3,200,000
2000 Dudley Hart 269 -19 522,000 2,900,000
1999 Vijay Singh 277 -11 468,000 2,600,000
1998 Mark Calcavecchia 270 -18 324,000 1,800,000
1997 Stuart Appleby 274 -14 270,000 1,500,000
1996 Tim Herron 271 -17 234,000 1,300,000
1995 Mark O'Meara 275 -9 216,000 1,200,000
1994 Nick Price 276 -8 198,000 1,100,000
1993 Fred Couples 207* -9 198,000 1,100,000
1992 Corey Pavin 273 -15 198,000 1,100,000
1991 Steve Pate 279 -9 180,000 1,000,000
1990 John Huston 282 -6 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Blaine McCallister 266 -22 144,000 800,000
1988 Joey Sindelar 276 -12 126,000 700,000
1987 Mark Calcavecchia 279 -9 108,000 600,000
1986 Kenny Knox 287 -1 90,000 500,000
1985 Curtis Strange 275 -13 90,000 500,000
1984 Bruce Lietzke 280 -8 90,000 500,000
Honda Inverrary Classic
1983 Johnny Miller 278 -10 72,000 400,000
1982 Hale Irwin 269 -19 72,000 400,000
American Motors Inverrary Classic
1981 Tom Kite 274 -14 54,000 300,000
Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic
1980 Johnny Miller 274 -14 54,000 300,000
1979 Larry Nelson 274 -14 54,000 300,000
1978 Jack Nicklaus 276 -12 50,000 250,000
1977 Jack Nicklaus 275 -13 50,000 250,000
1976 No tournament. Instead, the Inverrary Golf Club hosted The Players Championship
1975 Bob Murphy 273 -15 52,000 260,000
1974 Leonard Thompson 278 -10 52,000 260,000
Jackie Gleason Inverrary-National Airlines Classic
1973 Lee Trevino 279 -9 52,000 260,000
Jackie Gleason's Inverrary Classic
1972 Tom Weiskopf 278 -10 52,000 260,000
  • * weather-shortened to 54 holes
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.

Sources

Multiple winners

Three men have won the tournament more than once.



References

  1. Honda Classic - Winners - at golfobserver.com
  2. Honda Classic – Winners – at PGATour.com


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