The Honda Classic, one of Palm Beach County’s marquee sporting events, in partnership with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, is set to return to The Palm Beaches this winter. The PGA Tour event will be held Feb. 24-March 1 at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
Held in Palm Beach County since 2003, The Honda Classic brings together a field of 144 top men’s professional golfers, competing over 72 holes, in front of over 200,000 spectators. This year’s competitors, highlighted by current world No. 1 player and West Palm Beach native Brooks Koepka, are vying for a total purse of more than $6.8 million.
“Every golfer and fan in the local community obviously takes great pride in what Brooks has accomplished the past several years,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “We are excited that he has decided to return to The Honda Classic. His presence will undoubtedly create an enormous amount of excitement at this year’s tournament.”
The action-packed week of golf tees off Feb. 24 with the Monday Pro-Am event, set to take place on the Champion Course.
Tour professionals will see their first action of the week with practice rounds throughout the day on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Off the course, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the tournament will serve as the backdrop for The Honda Classic’s Women’s Leadership Forum. This year’s featured speakers will be Michele Rigby Assad, a former undercover CIA counterterrorism officer, who spent 10 years in the Middle East and Bozoma Saint John, the CMO of Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion operating in more than 30 countries. At 4 p.m., a junior golf clinic will be held.
In addition to Monday’s Pro-Am, the Honda Classic Cares Pro-Am will be held Wednesday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 29.
The first, second, and third rounds of The Honda Classic will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, respectively, with the final round being held Sunday, March 1. The awards ceremony is set for 6 p.m.
In 2019, The Honda Classic was named the Most Fan-First Event by the PGA Tour. The award marks the second time in six years that the event has been recognized as the most fan friendly. The distinction is given to the Tour event that separates itself from others with a combination of affordable ticket options, accessibility, dining options, amenities, and social media engagement.
The 2019 event attracted 204,487 spectators from around the world and gained significant media exposure with 3.8 million households watching. The 2020 event is expected to once again provide a sizable economic impact with an estimated of over 40 million dollars.
“Palm Beach County could not be prouder to host The Honda Classic each year,” said George Linley, Executive Director of the PBCSC. “As one of the premier events on the PGA Tour, the event radically enhances tourism for Palm Beach County.”
PGA National Resort & Spa, The Honda Classic’s host venue since 2007, is the perfect destination for any golf fan. Anchored by five championship golf courses, PGA National also boasts a world-class spa, a private state-of-the-art sports and racquet club, and an exclusive private membership club at the heart of the luxurious resort lifestyle community.