When Is the Honda Classic 2020? Dates, TV Schedule, Live Stream for PGA Tour Event

With the West Coast swing of the PGA Tour firmly in the rearview mirror, attention shifts to the Honda Classic this week. The tournament gets underway on Thursday on the PGA National’s Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The course has hosted the event over the last 13 years and is one of the…

When Is the Honda Classic 2020? Dates, TV Schedule, Live Stream for PGA Tour Event

With the West Coast swing of the PGA Tour firmly in the rearview mirror, attention shifts to the Honda Classic this week. The tournament gets underway on Thursday on the PGA National’s Champions Course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The course has hosted the event over the last 13 years and is one of the most difficult on the PGA calendar.

While the last two events—the Genesis Invitational and the WGC-Mexico Championship—favored long hitters, the Honda Classic presents distinctly different challenges.

A host of water hazards and 67 bunkers will test the players’ precision, while thick Bermuda rough makes hitting fairways and greens even more important than usual.

On a course littered with challenges, the biggest of all comes in the shape of The Bear Trap, which takes its moniker from Jack Niclaus’s Golden Bear nickname.

The 18-time major winner included the testing stretch—which comprises the par-3 15th, par-4 16th, and par-3 17th—when he redesigned the course in 2002.

Among non-majors, the Bear Trap has the third-highest over par on average than any three-hole stretch on the PGA Tour and could well prove decisive on Sunday.

Despite the course’s challenges, below-par scores at the Honda Classic are far from unusual. Over the last five years, the average winning score has been 8.8-under-par, with Rickie Fowler finishing 12-under to clinch the title in 2017.

The 31-year-old is back among the participants this year, along with world No.3 Brooks Koepka and world No. 4 Justin Thomas.

The top two-ranked players in the world, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, will not be in Florida this week, with Tiger Woods also opting to skip the tournament.

The field, however, includes world No. 12 Tommy Fleetwood and world No. 17 Gary Woodland, last year’s U.S. Open winner, and former world No. 1 Justin Rose.

Defending champion Keith Mitchell, meanwhile, arrives at the Honda Classic still looking for his first top-10 finish this season but has no intention of relinquishing his title easily.

“I don’t want somebody else taking my trophy from me,” the 28-year-old was quoted as saying by Golf Channel.

“I feel like we’re trending. My game is getting better. I’ve had some good finishes the last couple weeks. So, I would say this is really where my year is starting to pick up.”

Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the tournament.

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Brooks Koepka tees off at the 12th hole during round two of the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club on February 14 in Pacific Palisades, California.
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When is the Honda Classic?

The Honda Classic runs from Thursday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1. The purse for this year’s event stands at $7 million.

Where is the Honda Classic?

The tournament will be held at the PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The 70-par course stretches over 7,048 yards and is famous for “The Bear Trap,” named after golfing great Jack Nicklaus—a three-hole stretch including the par-3 15th, par-4 16th, and par-3 17th.

Honda Classic TV coverage

The tournament will be broadcast by Golf Channel and NBC, with the latter carrying the final two rounds.

Honda Classic live stream

All four days of the tournament can be watched on PGA Tour Live—beginning at 7 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and at 7:15 a.m. EST on Saturday and Sunday—Golf Channel’s digital platforms and fuboTV. A live stream of the final two days of the tournament will be available via NBC’s digital platforms.

TV schedule (All times EST)

Thursday, February 27

  • 2 – 6 p.m.—Golf Channel

Friday, February 28

  • 2 – 6 p.m.—Golf Channel

Saturday, February 29

  • 1 – 3 p.m.—Golf Channel
  • 3 – 6 p.m.—NBC

Sunday, March 1

  • 1 – 3 p.m.—Golf Channel
  • 3 – 6 p.m.—NBC

Honda Classic odds

According to Oddschecker, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fletwood are 12/1 joint-favorites, followed by Rickie Fowler and Gary Woodland at 14/1 and 22/1 respectively.

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