Millions of golf enthusiasts from around the globe had their eyes set on The Palm Beaches as the world’s best golfers, including Tiger Woods, Rory Mcllroy and defending champion Rickie Fowler, competed in the 46th annual Honda Classic. The tournament, which was played at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, received 18 hours of live television coverage on CBS and the Golf Channel, and delivered the highest viewership numbers in years for both networks. This year’s winner was Justin Thomas, a Palm Beach County resident who became just the third player in 30 years to have eight or more PGA wins before the age of 25.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods’ comeback picked up some steam with a 12th place finish; the Jupiter Island resident is now well-positioned to make strides towards a Masters return. Kenneth R. Kennerly, Executive Director of the Honda Classic cheered, “it’s great to see Tiger back healthy, swinging a golf club, and competing again.” Kennerly believes golf fans are excited to see Woods and credits Tiger for being “a big part of the growth that we have experienced at The Honda Classic.” This year’s event attracted 224,642 attendees over seven days, a 10% increase over last year.
Meanwhile, Mark Calcavecchia was able to hold off Bernhard Langer to win this year’s Boca Raton Championship, marking his first tournament win in nearly three years. The event, formerly known as the Allianz Championship, was played at the Old Course at Broken Sound and is regarded as one of the premier events on the PGA Champions Tour. For more information about sporting events in Palm Beach County, visit palmbeachsports.com.