The PGA Tour heads to Florida for the 2020 Honda Classic, Feb. 27-March 1, at the PGA National Golf Club. A strong field will contend for the title with Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, and Rickie Fowler all committed to attending. Last year’s surprise 6th-place finisher Vijay Singh is also back looking for more magic at the age of 56. The Jack Nicklaus designed Champion Course awaits the field with the always difficult home stretch known as the Bear Trap.
The tournament was founded in 1972 as Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic, and was hosted by the classic star of the Honeymooners. Gleason was an avid golfer who purportedly moved to Florida so he could golf year round. The original host course was the Inverrary Country Club, located near Ft. Lauderdale. Gleason ceased hosting duties in 1980, and after 1983 the tournament began bouncing around various Florida courses. The tournament has been sponsored by Honda since 1982, making it one of the longest running partnerships on the PGA Tour.
The tournament has seen numerous prestigious former champions, including Lee Trevino, Jack Nicklaus, Curtis Strange, Vijay Singh, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, Rory McIlroy, and Justin Thomas. The tournament has also seen many memorable moments: Mark Calcavecchia won the first of 2 Honda Classics in 1987 just a year after caddying the event. Nicklaus also won 3 consecutive tournaments during the tournament’s first run at the Inverrary, claiming the 1976 Players Championship and then the 1977 and 1978 Honda Classics.
Gleason awarding Bob Murphy the 1975 trophy. phot courtesy Golf/Bob Murphy
There are multiple options for fans looking to attend the Honda Classic, starting with Daily Grounds tickets for $50, with Good Any Day Grounds tickets going for $55. A weekly pass can also be had for $150. A Family Fore Pack offers 2 Good Any Day tickets, 2 kids passes for kids 15 and under, and 4 complimentary lunch coupons for $109. A Party Pack includes 2 Good Any Day tickets with 2 drink coupons with the Two Pack or 4 Good Any Day tickets and 4 drink coupons with the Fore Pack. A Wine Tour Pack Includes a Good Any Day ticket along with a coupon book that includes 1 complimentary glass of wine and 3 wine sample coupons to use at the Oasis presented by Garden of Life. The last ticketing option is the PGA Fore Pack which allows grounds access for any 1 day of the tournament along with 4 complimentary lunch coupons. In addition, the Honda Classic provides complimentary admission for Active Duty, Reservists, Retirees, their registered Dependents and Non-Retired Veterans Thursday-Sunday at the United Technologies Patriots Outpost.
Television coverage is provided by the Golf Channel and NBC. The Honda Classic on Thursday and Friday will be shown on Golf Channel 2-6pm ET. Saturday and Sunday coverage begins on Golf Channel 1-3pm ET before switching to NBC 3-6pm ET. Coverage of select groups and holes will be streaming through PGA Tour Live for every round of the tournament. Radio commentary is provided by PGA Tour Radio on SiriusXM satellite radio and streaming online at PGATour.com/liveaudio.