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Honda Classic moving to PGA National

PGA National Golf Club, venue for the 1983 Ryder Cup, will host the Honda Classic in a six-year deal starting next season, the PGA Tour said on Tuesday.

PGA National's Champion Course will replace The Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, which is staging the Tour event this week for the fourth and final time.

"We are extremely pleased to unveil the new Honda Classic," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.

"We look forward to a bright future as the Honda Classic moves to PGA National's renowned Champion Course and becomes an integral part of the FedEx Cup for years to come."

The FedEx Cup, to be launched next year, is a points-based competition spanning 37 weeks on the PGA Tour.

It will start with the season-opening Mercedes Championships in Hawaii from Jan. 4-7 and end with the Tour Championship in Atlanta, Georgia from Sept. 13-16.

The Honda Classic, to be played one week earlier next year from Mar. 1-4, will start a four-event Florida swing.

It will be followed by the Tampa Bay Championship, the Bay Hill Invitational and the inaugural WGC-CA Championship at Doral.

PGA National's Champion Course, originally designed by Tom and George Fazio and opened in 1981 before being redesigned by Jack Nicklaus in 1990, also staged the 1987 U.S. PGA Championship won by American Larry Nelson.

Ireland's Padraig Harrington defends his title at this week's Honda Classic, which starts on Thursday.

March 8, 2006


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