Honda Classic Announces Move to PGA National

By Associated PressMarch 8, 2006, 5:00 pm
PGA Tour (75x100)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- A long-expected deal moving the Honda Classic from The Country Club at Mirasol across the street to PGA National was formally announced Tuesday by the PGA Tour.
The six-year pact starts next year, when the Honda opens what will be a four-event Florida tour swing. The deal gives the oft-moved tournament a home through 2012; its been at six courses since 1995.
We know that the tournament has moved several times, said American Honda vice president Richard Colliver, who lauded Mirasols effort as a host. We made the decision. We felt that if we were going to stay in golf, we needed to go to a resort where we could have a permanent home.
This years Honda Classic opens Thursday at Mirasols Sunrise course, which has hosted the event since 2004. Logistically, the pending move should be easy: PGA Nationals entrance is directly across from Mirasol.
The Sunrise course'replete with plenty of large, sloping greens'has been oft-criticized by players. Despite a $5.5 million purse, only four of the top 22 players in this weeks world golf ranking are in this weeks Honda field, none higher than No. 8 David Toms.
The Champion course at PGA National hosted the 1983 Ryder Cup and the 1987 PGA Championship, plus the Senior PGA Championship 28 times. It was designed by Tom and George Fazio and opened in 1981, then redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990 and further renovated by Nicklaus Design in 2002.
Were very pleased with being able to bring the best players in the world back to this particular venue, PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said.
Nicklaus said some extra length will have to be added before next years event, to, he said, accommodate the modern-day golf ball.
All I have to do is make sure its a good challenge, Nicklaus said.
Besides the course design, the Nicklaus family will have a large role in the administration of the Honda starting in 2007. Barbara Nicklaus, Jacks wife, was introduced Tuesday as the chairperson of the newly created Childrens Healthcare Charity, which will operate the event once it moves to PGA National.
The founding of the new organization followed the tragedy the Nicklaus family endured March 1, 2005, when 17-month-old Jake Walter Nicklaus drowned in a hot tub.
We feel like were now in a position to do some wonderful things for healthcare for children in the community, and do something in Jakes name, Barbara Nicklaus said.
Next years Honda Classic will be March 1-4, taking the schedule spot traditionally held by Doral. Starting in 2007, Doral will host the CA Championship'a World Golf Championship event'the last week of March.
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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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