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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    Ball headed O.B., Stone (68) gets huge break

    By Mercer BaggsJuly 19, 2018, 2:14 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Brandon Stone knew it when he hit it.

    “I knew I hit it out of bounds,” the South African said following his opening round in the 147th Open Championship.

    Stone’s second shot on the par-4 18th, from the left fescue, was pulled into the grandstands, which are marked as O.B. But instead of settling in with the crowd, the ball ricocheted back towards the green and nearly onto the putting surface.

    Stone made his par and walked away with a 3-under 68, two shots off the early lead.

    “I really didn’t put a good swing on it, bad contact and it just came out way left,” Stone said. “I feel so sorry for the person I managed to catch on the forehead there, but got a lucky break.


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    “When you get breaks like that you know you’re going to have good weeks.”

    It’s been more than just good luck recently for Stone. He shot 60 in the final round – missing a 9-foot birdie putt for the first 59 in European Tour history – to win last week’s Scottish Open. It was his third career win on the circuit and first since 2016. It was also just his first top-10 of the season.

    “A testament to a different mental approach and probably the change in putter,” said Stone, who added that he switched to a new Ping Anser blade model last week.

    “I’ve been putting, probably, the best I have in my entire life.”

    This marks Stone’s sixth start in a major championship, with his best finish a tie for 35th in last year’s U.S. Open. He has a missed cut and a T-70 in two prior Open Championships.

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    Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated,” taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

    Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor. Kang made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

    Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).


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    Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

    “I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

    Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

    “I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

    Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

    “No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

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    Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

    Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

    “We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.


    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

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    To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

    “I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

    Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

    “Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

    The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

    “We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.