The 2020 Honda Classic gets started this week at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Jack Nicklaus designed course is routinely considered one of the most difficult tracks on the PGA Tour and it will take a strong performance to claim victory. The field looks strong as Kieth Mitchell defends his title and hope for a repeat of last year's heroics.
2019 Champion Kieth Mitchell
Kieth Mitchell is a Tennessee native who joined the PGA Tour in 2018, though he would have to wait for his sophomore season to claim his first and to-date only win at the 2019 Honda Open. Mitchell held the lead at the midway point but had fallen to second before teeing off for the final round. He held a slim lead at the turn but was forced to fight for his first win with veterans Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka nipping at his heels. Predictably, it all came down to the home stretch, featuring the notorious “Bear Trap” of holes 15-17. In the end, it was a 15 foot birdie putt on the final hole that sealed the win for Mitchell by 1 stroke. Amazingly, it was only his 2nd ever professional win with the previous occuring in 2014 on a mini-tour event.
Mitchell will hope to recapture the magic of course designer Nicklaus as he seeks to be the first man since the Golden Bear to claim back-to-back wins at the Honda Classic. Rickie Fowler returns to have another run at the title, having previously won in 2017. Fowler is competing in just his first event since the Phoenix Open. Likewise, Koepka will also be back to compete where he came so close last year and is now seemingly over the knee injury that has derailed much of his early season. Justin Rose is another contender, along with the South Korean Im Sungjae, though the fan favorite might just be 56 year-old Vijay Singh. Singh is a former champion who dialed back the years in 2019 when the big Fijian finished the event in 6th.
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.