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The Honda Classic was founded in 1972 as the Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic. In 1981, American Motors (AMC) backed the tournament and since 1982, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (Honda) has been the title sponsor.

The event was originally played at the Inverrary Golf Club in Lauderhill, Florida. In 1984, it moved to the TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Florida, where it stayed until 1991. From 1992 to 1995, the event was held at the Weston Hills Golf & Country Club in Weston, Florida. It then returned to Coral Springs, first at the TPC at Eagle Trace in 1996 and then at the TPC at Heron Bay from 1997 to 2002. In 2003, the event moved to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, first at the Country Club at Mirasol through 2006, then starting in 2007 at PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course.

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Winners:

Year Player Country Score To par 1st Prize ($) Purse ($)
The Honda Classic
2013 Michael Thompson  United States 271 –9 1,080,000 6,000,000
2012 Rory McIlroy  Northern Ireland 268 –12 1,026,000 5,700,000
2011 Rory Sabbatini  South Africa 271 –9 1,026,000 5,700,000
2010 Camilo Villegas  Colombia 267 –13 1,008,000 5,600,000
2009 Y.E. Yang  South Korea 271 –9 1,008,000 5,600,000
2008 Ernie Els  South Africa 274 –6 990,000 5,500,000
2007 Mark Wilson  United States 275 –5 990,000 5,500,000
2006 Luke Donald  England 276 –12 990,000 5,500,000
2005 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 274 –14 990,000 5,500,000
2004 Todd Hamilton  United States 276 –12 900,000 5,000,000
2003 Justin Leonard  United States 264 –24 900,000 5,000,000
2002 Matt Kuchar  United States 269 –19 630,000 3,500,000
Honda Classic
2001 Jesper Parnevik  Sweden 270 –18 576,000 3,200,000
2000 Dudley Hart  United States 269 –19 522,000 2,900,000
1999 Vijay Singh  Fiji 277 –11 468,000 2,600,000
1998 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 270 –18 324,000 1,800,000
1997 Stuart Appleby  Australia 274 –14 270,000 1,500,000
1996 Tim Herron  United States 271 –17 234,000 1,300,000
1995 Mark O’Meara  United States 275 –9 216,000 1,200,000
1994 Nick Price  Zimbabwe 276 –8 198,000 1,100,000
1993 Fred Couples  United States 207* –9 198,000 1,100,000
1992 Corey Pavin  United States 273 –15 198,000 1,100,000
1991 Steve Pate  United States 279 –9 180,000 1,000,000
1990 John Huston  United States 282 –6 180,000 1,000,000
1989 Blaine McCallister  United States 266 –22 144,000 800,000
1988 Joey Sindelar  United States 276 –12 126,000 700,000
1987 Mark Calcavecchia  United States 279 –9 108,000 600,000
1986 Kenny Knox  United States 287 –1 90,000 500,000
1985 Curtis Strange  United States 275 –13 90,000 500,000
1984 Bruce Lietzke  United States 280 –8 90,000 500,000
Honda Inverrary Classic
1983 Johnny Miller  United States 278 –10 72,000 400,000
1982 Hale Irwin  United States 269 –19 72,000 400,000
American Motors Inverrary Classic
1981 Tom Kite  United States 274 –14 54,000 300,000
Jackie Gleason-Inverrary Classic
1980 Johnny Miller  United States 274 –14 54,000 300,000
1979 Larry Nelson  United States 274 –14 54,000 300,000
1978 Jack Nicklaus  United States 276 –12 50,000 250,000
1977 Jack Nicklaus  United States 275 –13 50,000 250,000
1976 No tournament. Instead, the Inverrary Golf Club hosted The Players Championship
1975 Bob Murphy  United States 273 –15 52,000 260,000
1974 Leonard Thompson  United States 278 –10 52,000 260,000
Jackie Gleason Inverrary-National Airlines Classic
1973 Lee Trevino  United States 279 –9 52,000 260,000
Jackie Gleason’s Inverrary Classic
1972 Tom Weiskopf  United States 278 –10 52,000 260,000

 

Multiple Winners:

  • Jack Nicklaus: 1977, 1978
  • Johnny Miller: 1980, 1983
  • Mark Calcavecchia: 1987, 1998

Fun Facts:

  • 1974: Leonard Thompson wins his first ever PGA Tour title by one shot over Hale Irwin. After his victory, Thompson donated $10,000 of his winnings to the Boys Clubs of America.
  • 1978: Jack Nicklaus birdies the last five holes to defeat Grier Jones by one shot.
  • 1987: Mark Calcavecchia wins his first Honda Classic title where the year before he worked as a caddy at the tournament.
  • 1992: Corey Pavin defeats Fred Couples in a sudden-death playoff only after holing a 136-yard 8-iron shot for eagle on the 72nd hole to tie for the lead.
  • 1996: Tim Herron becomes the first PGA Tour rookie in 13 years to win a tournament wire-to-wire. He defeats Mark McCumber by four shots.
  • 2004: Thirty-eight-year-old PGA Tour rookie Todd Hamilton wins by one shot over Davis Love III. Hamilton would go on to win The Open Championship later that same year.
  • 2012: Rory McIlroy wins and claims the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking. Brian Harman shot a second round 61 to set a new course record.

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