The Honda Classic PGA Tour came back with a new schedule this year. The professional golf event started 46 years ago, in the year 1972 and many top golfers from all over the world have been a part of the tournament since then. The week-long tour begins in the month of February every year. The schedule of the event was February 28 to March 3, 2019, which caused numerous players, including Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, to opt out of the game since the new schedule came right in the middle of various other golf tournaments.
The extravagant event took place at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Although the club has 5 splendid and elegant golf courses, the Honda Classic Tour is played exclusively on the Champion course every year. The season saw expanded venue and new hospitality offerings to accommodate the ever-growing record crowds.
A total of 144 players were a part of the tour. While Woods and McIlroy weren’t a part of the tour in the current season, various other golfers decided to give the event a miss this time around. Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Phil Mickelson and Brandt Snedeker were some of the missing sportspersons. Since a lot of the top names were not competing for the title, the spectators and fans of the sport looked forward to the game of the major champions on the field.
The event was a huge success that helped Keith Mitchell win his maiden PGA Tour Win. The leader board presented some amazing views with all the champs competing against each other. However, Mitchell stole the show with his spectacular performance of a total -9 at the end of Day 4 and edging past Rickie Fowler and Brooks Koepka who were both tied for the 2nd place with a score of -8 at the end of day 4. Later, in an interview post the win, Mitchell told NBC’s Steve Sands that he kept his focus on what the putt was doing and his speed. His mind wandered towards the end but his focus got him the trophy.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 3, 2019
Out of all the players on the field in 2019, only 3 golfers came from the top 20 in the World Rankings, 6 from the top 25 and 12 from the top 50. This drop in the number of champions willing to play the game appeared to be a matter of concern to the title sponsors as these numbers used to be much higher over the previous years. However, Ken Kennerly, the executive director of the Honda Classic stated that the schedule is not going to change in 2020 as well but the year 2021 is of utmost importance to the brand as the tournament contract ends post that tour. Honda has been sponsoring the tour since the last 38 years.