PGA National - Palm Beach Gardens Fla

By February 26, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Honda ClassicThis week the PGA TOUR returns to PGA National Resorts Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for the Honda Classic, where GCSAA members John Andersen, CGCS, director of agronomy for the resorts five courses, and Blair Kirby, superintendent of the Champion Course have made some competitive enhancements in preparation for the event.
 
  • Hole 3 - added two fairway bunkers to right side landing area
  • Hole 8 - added palm trees along left side of rough
  • Hole 10 - moved fairway bunker 20 yards closer to green and added palm trees to left side
  • Hole 11 - added cluster of palm trees off left side of tee
  • Hole 12 - moved fairway bunker 20 yards closer to green, added large oak and cluster of palm trees to left side of landing area
  • Hole 13 - remodeled fairway bunker, extending walkout fingers
  • Hole 14 - enlarged fairway bunkers
     
    South Florida is in a drought and the South Florida Water District has the area observing Phase III water restrictions, meaning a 45 percent cutback in monthly allotments for PGA National Resort and weekly monitoring of water usage.
     
    Andersen and staff are micromanaging their turf care more than ever, taking advantage of irrigation technology for special programming and scheduling of hot spots on the golf course, doing more hand watering of putting surfaces, and using historical data of problem areas to proactively treat dry locations. Very timely rains the last two weeks have been very helpful in tournament preparations for Andersen and staff, as well as their efforts to capture water for future use.
     
    Andersen points to holes 15, 16 and 17, from a strategic standpoint, as a key point which could make or break a golfers' round. The par 3-4-3, known as the Bear Trap (Nicklaus design), each have water come into play and usually face into the wind.
     

    COURSE STATISTICS
    YardageParRatingSlope
    Ladies59847269.9129
    Regular67217273.3144
    Championship70487275.3147

     
    COURSE CHARACTERISTICS
    Primary GrassesHeight of Cut
    FairwaysBermudagrass; perennial ryegrass0.450'
    GreensBermudagrass; perennial ryegrass; Poa trivalias0.115'
    RoughBermudagrass; perennial ryegrass3.5'

     
    COURSE NUMBERS
    Stimpmeter10.6 feet
    Sand bunkers78
    Water Hazards26

     
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    DJ shoots 64 to surge up leaderboard in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 1:48 pm

    Dustin Johnson stood out among a star-studded three-ball that combined to shoot 18 under par with just one bogey Friday at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    Shaking off a sloppy first round at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, Johnson matched the low round of the day with a 64 that put him within four shots of Thomas Pieters’ lead.

    “I did everything really well,” Johnson said. “It was a pretty easy 64.”

    Johnson made four bogeys during an even-par 72 on Thursday and needed a solid round Friday to make the cut. Before long, he was closer to the lead than the cut line, making birdie on three of the last four holes and setting the pace in a group that also included good rounds from Rory McIlroy (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (68).


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    Coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, Johnson is searching for his first regular European Tour title. He tied for second at this event a year ago.

    Johnson’s second-round 64 equaled the low round of the day (Jorge Campillo and Branden Grace). 

    “It was just really solid all day long,” Johnson said. “Hit a lot of great shots, had a lot of looks at birdies, which is what I need to do over the next two days if I want to have a chance to win on Sunday.” 

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    Closing eagle moves Rory within 3 in Abu Dhabi

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:57 pm

    What rust? Rory McIlroy appears to be in midseason form.

    Playing competitively for the first time since Oct. 8, McIlroy completed 36 holes without a bogey Friday, closing with an eagle to shoot 6-under 66 to sit just three shots back at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

    “I’m right in the mix after two days and I’m really happy in that position,” he told reporters afterward.

    McIlroy took a 3 ½-month break to heal his body, clear his mind and work on his game after his first winless year since 2008, his first full season as a pro.

    He's back on track at a familiar playground, Abu Dhabi Golf Club, where he’s racked up eight top-11s (including six top-3s) in his past nine starts there.


    Full-field scores from the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship


    McIlroy opened with a 69 Thursday, then gave himself even more chances on Day 2, cruising along at 4 under for the day when he reached the par-5 closing hole. After launching a 249-yard long iron to 25 feet, he poured in the eagle putt to pull within three shots of Thomas Pieters (65). 

    Despite the layoff, McIlroy edged world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, coming off a blowout victory at Kapalua, by a shot over the first two rounds. 

    “DJ is definitely the No. 1 player in the world right now, and one of, if not the best, driver of the golf ball," McIlroy said. "To be up there with him over these first two days, it proves to me that I’m doing the right things and gives me a lot of confidence going forward.”

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    Duke to fill in for injured Pavin at CareerBuilder

    By Ryan LavnerJanuary 19, 2018, 12:25 pm

    Ken Duke will fill in for Corey Pavin for the next two rounds of the CareerBuilder Challenge – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard.

    Pavin was 4 over par when he withdrew after 17 holes Thursday because of a neck injury. Tournament officials phoned Duke, the first alternate, and asked if he would take Pavin’s spot and partner with Luis Lopez for the next two rounds, even though he would not receive any official money.

    Duke accepted and explained his decision on Twitter:

    Playing on past champion’s status, the 48-year-old Duke has made only four starts this season, with a best finish of a tie for 61st at the RSM Classic.

    Pavin received a sponsor exemption into the event, his first PGA Tour start since the 2015 Colonial. 

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    Kelly, Sauers co-lead in Hawaii; Monty, Couples in mix

    By Associated PressJanuary 19, 2018, 3:52 am

    KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii - Fresh off a solid performance on Oahu, Jerry Kelly shot an 8-under 64 on the Big Island on Thursday to share the first-round lead at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

    The 51-year-old Kelly, who tied for 14th at the PGA Tour's Sony Open last week in Honolulu, birdied five of his final seven holes to shoot 30 on the back nine at Hualalai. He won twice last season, his first on the over-50 tour.

    Gene Sauers also shot 64, going bogey-free amid calm conditions. Thirty-two of the 44 players broke par in the limited-field event, which includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

    Rocco Mediate and Colin Montgomerie were one shot back, and Fred Couples, Kevin Sutherland and Kirk Triplett were another shot behind.

    Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, was in the middle of the pack after a 69.