The Honda Classic will allow a limited number of fans at next month’s PGA Tour event at PGA National on March 18-21 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
An estimated 10,000 daily fans – 5,000 general admission and 5,000 corporate/sponsor guests – are expected to attend the re-imagined event that will have a scaled-back version of the Bear Trap.
The Bear Trap, which usually winds around the 16th green and 17th hole tee box area, will be split into three sections with limited seating in socially distanced blocks of two and four seats.
“We are being conservative in our planning as we continue to navigate the pandemic,” Honda Classic executive director Ken Kennerly said.
The Honda Classic gave away a record $5.35 million last year to 103 South Florida charities. The Honda Classic has surpassed $50 million in charitable donations during its 40-year-history.
Honda Classic officials asked the PGA Tour to move this year’s tournament to three weeks later in the schedule. Honda now serves as the final leg of the Florida Swing.
The Valspar Championship at Innisbrook, which was canceled last year, moved to the end of April because there’s one less week on the calendar this year before the Masters.
The Florida Swing was recently expanded back to four tournaments when the WGC event in Mexico was moved to Concession Golf Club in Bradenton because of COVID-19.
SungJae Im won last year’s Honda Classic by a shot over Mackenzie Hughes. Eleven days later, after the first round of The Players, the PGA Tour shut down because of the pandemic.
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