5 Things You Didn't Know: Honda Classic
GOLF.com reveals little-known facts about the players and the course that made the first event on the PGA Tour's Southern Swing memorable.
1. Ernie's new sticks
Ernie Els's win at the Honda Classic was his first on the PGA Tour using Callaway equipment. According to his Web site (ernieels.com), he signed an agreement to play Callaway clubs in March 2007. Els is currently using a Callaway FT-i driver, X fairway wood (15°), X Prototype irons, X Tour wedges (54° and 60°), an Odyssey XG#5 putter and the Tour ix ball.
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2. Donald elevates his game at PGA National
When Luke Donald won the final Honda Classic played at the Country Club of Mirasol in 2006, his scoring average was 69.18 for the week. While PGA National's Champion Course has a reputation for playing tough, Donald managed a 67.01 scoring average at the Honda Classic, good enough for second place.
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3. Green was great on long putts
Thanks to some great long-distance putting, Australia's Nathan Green collected his ninth career top-10 finish. For the week, Green made seven of 27 putts from outside 20 feet. His putter? Odyssey Golf's Black Series i #1.
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4. Calcavecchia wasn't ready for the wind
Veteran Mark Calcavecchia had a share of the lead going into the final round, but he finished tied for fourth after shooting a three-over-par 73. In Sunday's windy conditions, Calc struggled to his worst ballstriking round of the week, hitting just 56 percent of the greens in regulation. In the previous three rounds, he never hit fewer than 72 percent.
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5. PGA National by two over Mirasol
The Champion Course at PGA National Resort & Spa has pedigree; it hosted the Ryder Cup in 1983 (won by the United States) and the 1987 PGA Championship (won by Larry Nelson in a playoff over Lanny Wadkins). Interestingly, the scoring average at both Honda Classics held on the Champion Course has been 70.00 (even par). The scoring average during the 2006 Honda Classic, played at the nearby Country Club of Mirasol's Sunrise Course, was also even par (72).
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