The 2019 Honda Classic provided plenty of excitement through the first three days of action, and entering the final day, the top of the leaderboard featured a few big names. But beyond that, it also included a mixture of young players who are on the rise and in search of their first PGA Tour victory. The event is held at PGA National, widely considered to be a tough course that can be tricky to navigate, but Sunday’s action got underway with a few impressive scores.
This year’s event features a prize pool of $6.8 million, with the winner set to receive $1.224 million. The runner-up at the event will earn 734,400, per Golf.com, and the push to take home the title began with 25-year-old Wyndham Clark holding a one-shot lead at seven-under. Among the others within striking distance were Vijay Singh (six-under), Kyoung-Hoon Lee (six-under), Keith Mitchell (six-under) Rickie Fowler (five-under), and Brooks Koepka (four-under).
Ryan Palmer had an exceptional final round to move from even par to seven-under, shooting a 63 and jumping up as high as a tie for first place in the mid-afternoon Sunday. A few other names to note entering the final day include Jhonattan Vegas (four-under), Sergio Garcia (three-under), Gary Woodland (two-under), Justin Thomas (one-under) and Webb Simpson (two-over).
Previous Honda Classic Winners
The 2018 event was won by Justin Thomas, who birdied 18 to force a sudden-death playoff. He proceeded to defeat Luke List while Alex Noren, Tommy Fleetwood and Byeong Hun-An/Webb Simpson rounded out the top-five. As impressive as that win was from Thomas, the 2017 Honda Class brought a strong performance from another big name.
Rickie Fowler went on to win the event in 2017 by four strokes, and it came with him shooting over par in the final round. Fowler posted scores of 66, 66 and 65 through the first three rounds to hold a dominant lead, finishing with a total score of 268. Morgan Hoffman and Gary Woodland finished tied for second with a 272 while six players tied with marks of 273.
In the years prior to that, Adam Scott won in 2016 with a score of 271, Padraig Harrington in 2015 with a 274 and Russell Henley was victories in 2014 with a scores of 272.
Honda Classic 2019 Purse
*Note: The top 70 players are paid out for this event