Honda Classic Returns this Month to Palm Beach County
21 Feb, 2019
The 2019 Honda Classic will be in full swing by Monday, February 25th as a field of 144 PGA TOUR professionals take to the links at PGA National Resort and Spa to compete for a total purse of $6.8 million. This marks the 13th consecutive year the Honda Classic returns to PGA National Resort and Spa and the 17th consecutive year it has called Palm Beach County Home. The Honda Classic Pro-Am tees off at 12:30pm on Monday, February 25 through Wednesday, February 27. First round action begins at 7:00am on Thursday, February 28 and the final round starts Sunday, March 3.
The Honda Classic received exciting news when Brooks Koepka, a West Palm Beach product and reigning PGA TOUR Player of the Year committed to compete in the tournament. Koepka, who is 28 and the No. 2 player in the Official World Golf Ranking after a short time at No. 1, has been consistently dominant on the international stage for two years now, conquering a wrist problem early last year that temporarily slowed his momentum.
The impact of Tiger Woods return and the increased presence of the world’s best golfers was apparent last year. In 2018, 224,642 spectators attended the tournament, a 10% increase from the previous year. The modern day attendance record greatly surpasses the number of spectators (83,500) who attended The Honda Classic in 2007 when it moved to PGA National Resort and Spa
The Honda Classic makes a major impact regionally, nationally, and internationally. The tournament provides PGA Tour excitement to incoming visitors and Palm Beach County residents alike. This provides a major boost to the local economy. Last year, fans, media, sponsors, and the players generated over 10,000 hotel room nights in addition to more than $40 million of economic impact. Palm Beach County is showcased world-wide as The Honda Classic is televised live on the Golf Channel and NBC and is internationally distributed to 250 countries, with a potential reach that exceeds 800 million households.
Make sure you visit The Honda Classic, one of the greatest spectacles in sports for Palm Beach County. In addition to the best PGA TOUR stars competing, The Honda Classic features a week-long schedule of events and activities, including a Pro-Am tournament, golf clinics, practice rounds, children’s activities and an “after play” concert series. For additional event information, ticket packages and commitment list of PGA TOUR professionals, please visit www.thehondaclassic.com.