Nicklaus-designed Champion Course at PGA National to host qualifying finals

PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has announced that its Jack Nicklaus-designed Champion Course—home to The Honda Classic on the PGA TOUR—as well as its new Fazio Course will host the grueling six-round final qualifying tournament for playing privileges on the 2015 TOUR, Dec. 11–16.

Now in its 24th season, the TOUR is the top developmental vehicle to gain coveted PGA TOUR playing privileges. Recent graduates include 24-year-old Russell Henley, who claimed a playoff victory over Rory McIlroy, Ryan Palmer and Russell Knox, with a dramatic birdie on the par-5 18th to win the 2014 Honda Classic.

The star-studded field for The Honda Classic—the first stop of the “Florida Swing”—featured seven of the top nine players in the world, including local residents Tiger Woods, McIlroy and Lee Westwood, as well as the 2013 Masters champion Adam Scott.

Now one of the most popular tournaments on the TOUR schedule, this year’s event attracted a record-setting 193,052 spectators for the week.

Few courses have a golf pedigree as storied as the Champion Course. Its vaunted résumé includes hosting the 1983 Ryder Cup, 1987 PGA Championship, and nearly two decades of the Senior PGA Championship. Last year it was the toughest layout on the PGA TOUR schedule (nonmajor venues) with an average per round score of 1.318 over par.

The lauded track is most notably known as home to the legendary “Bear Trap” (Nos. 15–17). The daunting trifecta continues to live up to its reputation as one of the most testing in the sport. USA Today called The Bear Trap “one of the toughest stretches in golf.”

“The TOUR is where the journey begins for tomorrow’s superstars to make a name for themselves,” says Joel Paige, Vice President and Managing Director of PGA National. “Our Champion and Fazio courses are ideal venues to test a player’s mettle and see what they’re made of as they vie to compete on the largest stage in golf.”

For more PGA National Resort & Spa information: or call 561.627.2000.

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