The Honda Classic could be with the public. In 2019 the Honda Classic of golf was named Most Fan-First of the PGA Tour. While in 2020, it was the penultimate tournament before the 3-month stop due to the health emergency, it hosted 206,384 spectators over the entire week.
Scheduled this year from 18 to 21 March in Palm Beach Gardens (Florida), the organizers' intention is to be able to open the gates of the PGA National to a (not yet defined) part of spectators. The famous "Bear Trap", positioned between holes 16 and 17, will be reinvented to guarantee the right social distancing.
And the mask will be mandatory for all present.
Honda Classic, Ken Kennerly
“We are being conservative in our planning as we continue to navigate the pandemic. We want to do everything possible to make sure the Honda Classic will be a great experience and continue to make a significant charitable impact on the thousands of children in our community whose lives we are able to enhance every year", said tournament director Ken Kennerly.
“While attendance records will not be broken in 2021, tournament officials are building a unique and first-class fan experience, provided in a safe and responsible manner while continuing to make a significant charitable impact throughout South Florida"
Meanwhile, after over 7 years, Harris English returns to success on the PGA Tour. Waiting for Honda Classic, the American golfer in Hawaii takes the Sentry Tournament of Champions, the first tournament of 2021, and celebrates - with 267 (-25) strokes - his third career title on the top US men's circuit.
With a birdie at the first play-off hole, the 31-year-old from Valdosta (who had not managed to win since 2013, the year of his double sharp first at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and then at the OHL in Mayakoba) overtook the competition from Chilean Joaquin Niemann, second after a great comeback in the final lap characterized by a partial of 64 (-9), the best of the day.
In Kapalua third place (268, -24) for Justin Thomas, defending champion. Fourth place (269, -23) for Ryan Palmer (who had finished in the lead, with English, the third lap). Top 5 (271, -21) for Xander Schauffele (second in 2020 and winner in 2019), returning after the positivity at Covid, and Sungjae Im.
"It feels great to have some validation out there on the golf course. Every week you play with somebody that you might think does this better, does that better, but you are who you are, and you can get better at what you do", said English.