PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Bear Trap awaits the leaders this weekend.
Through the first two rounds, in mostly light winds, the trio of holes tightly guarded by water (Nos. 15-17) hasn’t yet offered too much trouble. Through two rounds, only 18 balls have found the water at the 15th, just seven at the 16th and just 14 at the 17th.
That’s usually a good afternoon through the Bear Trap.
The winds, however, are up on Saturday, blowing at more than 20 mph, the hardest they’ve blown all week.
Last year, Rory McIlroy made three straight double bogeys through the Bear Trap on Saturday.
At the 1994 PGA Seniors' Championship, Ray Floyd took a one-shot lead on Lee Trevino to the 15th tee in the final round. One of the surest front-runners in tour history, Floyd walked away from the 15th green a wreck. He dunked two shots in the water and made quadruple-bogey 7. He dunked another ball in the water at the 17th and finished three behind the champion, Trevino. It remains the defining moments through the Bear Trap.