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Woods returns to PGA National, site of PGA Junior loss

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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Tiger Woods isn’t making his first appearance at PGA National’s Champion Course in this week’s Honda Classic.

As a youngster back in 1990, Woods got a lesson on how to close out victories on this course. Woods, at 14, was trying to become the youngest winner of the PGA Junior Championship. Chris Couch, 17, started the final round a shot ahead of Woods. Couch, from nearby Coconut Creek, closed with a course-record 63 and beat Woods by 10 shots.

Asked what he remembered about defeating Woods back then, Couch said: “He took it good, but he said he was going to toss me in the water at the 18th hole.”

Woods, whose Jupiter Island home is just 20 miles north of PGA National, has also played in the Honda Classic before, but never as a professional. At 17, Woods played Honda on a sponsor’s exemption in 1993. He missed the cut.