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The Details

Venue: PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA

Date: February 28-March 3, 2019

Par: 70

Yardage: 7,140 yards

Course summary: This former Ryder Cup venue (1983) has hosted this tournament since 2007. Beware water and sand on a Champion Course that’s one of the PGA Tour’s more testing layouts. The design has been extensively renovated over the decades. It was last tweaked by Jack Nicklaus five years ago.

Defending Champion: Justin Thomas

Purse: $6.8 million

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2019 Honda Classic report: What happened at PGA National?

Keith Mitchell dropped a 15-footer at the last to deny Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler and win his first PGA Tour title at the Honda Classic.

The former player produced some nerveless golf down the stretch in a dramatic final round at PGA National.

Mitchell opened up with a pair of bogeys but birdied four of the last seven holes to get home in nine under.

After Ryan Palmer’s 63 had held the clubhouse lead for so long on seven under, three-time major champion Koepka got in front thanks to a fabulous approach on the 16th and a birdie at the par-5 18th.

Fowler, whose bright start with birdies at the 3rd and 4th, was stalled by dropped shots at the 6th, 7th and 10th, came alive as he approached home – joining Koepka at the top with three birdies in his last four holes.

But Mitchell, who steadied himself following his wobbly start, produced some magnificent shots on the way in – not least those to pick up birdies at 13 and 15.

He wasn’t fazed when his tee shot at the last found the face of the bunker, and calmly plotted his way onto the green, before sinking a snaking left-to-right putt for his first victory.

Overnight leader Wyndham Clark had got off to a hot start with birdies at the 1st and 4th but his round started to unravel towards the turn as a host of players bartered for the lead.

At one point, six were tied at the top – including Vijay Singh who was bidding at 56 to become the oldest player ever to win on the PGA Tour.

The Fijian’s iron play, in particular, was sublime throughout and he made birdies at 11 and 12 to tie the lead. But some tentative putting saw him spurn a series of opportunities and his challenge ended when he found the water at the 17th.

In the end it was Mitchell, with Fowler watching on TVs outside the clubhouse, who produced the sensational finish.

Click here to read Steve Carroll’s full report from PGA National.

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