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Defending Honda champ Keith Mitchell doesn't want anyone taking his trophy

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“The best thing about winning was the feeling from the time that putt went in the hole until the time I got it out of the hole – that 15, 20 seconds is the feeling that every single player on the PGA Tour is out here for. I’m going to keep going back for that feeling.” - Keith Mitchell, on his win at the Honda Classic  - 

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Keith Mitchell broke through to win his first PGA Tour title in spectacular fashion at the Honda Classic last year.

He holed a 15-foot birdie putt at the last, knowing if he missed he was headed to a playoff with Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.

Of course, Mitchell allowed himself a moment to enjoy the memories when he returned on Monday, but only a moment.

“It’s been fun to see everything, but, also, it's business as well, because I don't want somebody else taking my trophy from me,” Mitchell said.

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Mitchell followed up his victory last year with a T-6 finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational the following week and then a T-8 finish at the Wells Fargo Championship two months later.

He’s looking for his first top-10 this season

“I've always felt like this was my good stretch, because I grew up on the Bermuda greens,” said Mitchell, who was raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and played at the University of Georgia. “I grew up in this part of the country playing golf. So, I'm a little bit more comfortable here. Felt like I've had an OK start at the beginning of the year. Got to go to Maui for the first time, which was great, and played decent in Sea Island, where I live.

“I feel like we're trending. My game is getting better. I've had some good finishes the last couple weeks. So, I would say this is really where my year is starting to pick up.”