Padraig Harrington, who won the 2015 Honda Classic, will look to defend his title this year in a field that includes Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. (Photo via

Irish golfers Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy eye another Honda Classic title

Irishman Padraig Harrington, whose thrilling playoff win over Daniel Berger in the PGA Honda Classic was one of golf’s Cinderella stories of 2015, will try to recreate the magic in this week’s PGA event to be played at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Last year, Harrington ran off four straight birdies on the back nine to grab the lead in rain-delayed Monday play. He lost a stroke with a bogey on the 17th hole but then sank a 15-footer for birdie on the final hole of regulation to force the playoff.

And then came his best shot of all. Harrington knocked a five-iron over the water to three-feet on the second playoff hole and made the putt for his first PGA Tour victory since he won the 2008 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills.

It was Harrington’s second Honda Classic win. He also won in 2005.

This year’s Honda Classic field includes fellow Irish golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, who both failed to make the cut at last year’s event, as well as Shane Lowry.

Like Harrington, McIlroy is also one of the past Honda Classic champions, having won the event in 2012.

“I’m really looking forward to getting back to PGA National for this year’s Honda Classic,” McIlroy said in a news release. “This is an important first stop for me in the Florida swing of events and it’s a course that sets up well for my game.

“In such a strong field, there will be a lot of guys hungry to secure a win in the early part of the season, so I’ve every motivation to get off to a fast start. I have enjoyed success here before and I’d like to see a repeat of that this year,” he said.

That strong field is made up of some of the top-ranked golfers in the world who will vie for the top of the Honda Classic leaderboard, including Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed, Branden Grace, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Kevin Kisner, Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson.

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Play the home courses of your favorite Irish golfers

While watching Padraig, Rory, Shane and Graeme this week at the Honda Classic, remember you can play the many spectacular courses in their home country of Ireland by joining Trinity Golf on any of their luxury golf tours this year, including the $100,000 Irish Pro-Am. Visit our Tours page for details on this season’s upcoming trips.

Each trip includes an experienced concierge who manages every detail, including travel to and from the airport, lodging, day trips and excursions away from the golf courses, and bookings as requested for dinners. From the minute you land until your plane home is in the sky, Trinity’s concierge will be there to manage the little things so you can enjoy your Irish experience.

Contact us for more details.

Honda Classic golf course

The course hosting the Honda Classic, PGA National Resort & Spa — The Champion Course, is regarded as one of the PGA Tour’s toughest golf courses.

The Champion is 7,140 yards and features the Bear Trap, which spans three demanding holes designed by Jack Nicklaus (check out the PGA National Resort & Spa — The Champion Course scorecard here).

Trinity Golf aces the luxury golf experience
In the southwest corner of Ireland, just beyond the historic town of Kinsale in County Cork, waves of white foam from the Atlantic Ocean crash into dramatically beautiful cliffs supporting a seaside headland. Some 300 feet above sits Old Head Golf Links, where greens and fairways offer majestic views of this Celtic scene amplified by flirting dangerously close to the edge of those same cliffs.

What channel is the Honda Classic on?

If you are wondering what time the Honda Classic starts this week, here is the schedule:

Thursday: 2–6 p.m., Golf Channel

Friday: 2–6 p.m., Golf Channel

Saturday: 1–3 p.m., Golf Channel; 3–6 p.m., NBC

Sunday: 1–3 p.m., Golf Channel; 3–6 p.m., NBC

Trinity Golf specializes in golf trips to Ireland. We do other spectacular trips across North America and beyond. We manage every detail of your custom tour from day-to-day transportation, lodging, tee times, meals, prizes and tournament-style outings as requested. Our hands-on experience, our relationships, our singular focus on the details and our concierge set us apart. We sweat the details, so you don’t have to. Trinity Golf also hosts the open $100,000 Irish Pro-Am, held Sept. 20–23 at Trump International Golf Links and Hotel at Doonbeg and Lahinch Golf Club.

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