Straka wins the 2022 Honda Classic at the PGA National

Mar 15, 2022 | Did you say "Golf" | 0 comments

The Champions Course at PGA National lives up to its reputation

It was a thrilling finish at the PGA National’s Honda Classic as Sepp Straka, a 28-year-old native of Vienna, Austria, came from behind to win. Straka started the final round three shots behind the leader, but he made a furious charge on the back nine to take the victory. It was his first win on the PGA Tour and it came in a dramatic fashion. Straka birdied the last three holes to pull ahead of his competitors. It was an amazing performance and a very exciting finish. Congratulations to Sepp Straka on his impressive victory!

Players can wake up struggling to afford PB&J sandwiches to become millionaires before bedtime come Sunday night.  Zero to hero can happen during the course of 72 holes on any given week with how lucrative it is to play on the big stage. The big stage, meaning the Professional Golf Association or better known to most as the PGA Tour.  And this past Sunday at the Honda Classic, that is where Sepp Straka made his mark with a birdie on the 72nd hole on Sunday to claim the 2022 Honda Classic at PGA National.

 

A long way from the Korn Ferry Tour

The win is Straka’s first on Tour and his first professional victory since the 2018 KC Golf Classic on the Korn Ferry Tour. Straka will take home $1,440,000, with runner-up Shane Lowry earning $872,000.

In what could only be described as a “Zoolander” moment, Straka started the final round three shots off the lead, and by day’s end, he had not only walked away with the trophy but a nice payday as well.  How he did it was nothing short of amazing. Straka birdied the last three holes on the back nine at PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion course in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to take the title. This was his first-ever major tour and it came in a dramatic fashion.

Taming the Bear…The Champion Course and the Bear Trap at PGA National Resort & Spa

PGA National Resort And Spa is best known for the Bear Trap, one of the hardest three-hole stretches on the PGA Tour. The “Trap” consists of three infamous holes, on the Champion Course, that will separate the best from the rest. Hole #15, a 179-yard dogleg left par 3. Hole #16 is the lone par 4 but a very tricky dog-leg right hole that is looking to steal a ball in the hazard. Lastly, the “Trap” contains another par 3, hole #17. This hole is the most intimidating of the three because the tee shot looks as if the only option is to settle for a watery grave.

Playing these stretch of holes under par for the week is key to staying in the hunt on Sunday.  As a testament to how difficult the Champions at PGA National is, it is one of the major PGA tournaments that Tiger Woods has never won. Although he did finish in as runner-up in 2012, with a record 4 birdies and 2 eagles as his way to a runner-up finish of -8 on the par 70 Champions course

This stunning resort and course are located in the city of Palm Beach Gardens, in central Florida ranking as one of the best resorts in the state. PGA National is comprised of five courses. All five courses are private and reserved for PGA club members, their guests, and associates, and for guests of the Resort and Spa.

“I get to play golf for a living. What more can you ask for – getting paid for doing what you love.” Tiger Woods

Yes, it may seem like a rag-to-riches journey when someone wins on the PGA.  However, it takes years of dedication, practice, hard work, travel, perhaps even sleeping in your car and eating PB&J sandwiches.  Some PGA tour professionals find interesting ways to save money or cover the cost of those early years before the big win. One tour pro has his wife caddy for him, many drive their own vehicles, and stay with friends and relatives, all in an effort to earn their PGA Tour card.  But the reward can be great.

Check out the chart below to see how much money each PGA Tour player earned with their finish at the 2022 Honda Classic.

Honda Classic Prize Money  

Position

Player

Score

Earnings

1

Sepp Straka

-10

$1,440,000

2

Shane Lowry

-9

$872,000

3

Kurt Kitayama

-8

$552,000

4

Daniel Berger

-7

$392,000

T5

Gary Woodland

-4

$309,000

T5

Alex Noren

-4

$309,000

T7

Matthias Schwab

-3

$260,000

T7

Chris Kirk

-3

$260,000

T9

Keith Mitchell

-2

$194,000

T9

Brian Stuard

-2

$194,000

T9

John Huh

-2

$194,000

T9

Lee Hodges

-2

$194,000

T9

Sam Ryder

-2

$194,000

T9

Adam Svensson

-2

$194,000

15

Mark Hubbard

-1

$146,000

T16

Cameron Young

E

$106,533

T16

Nick Taylor

E

$106,533

T16

C.T. Pan

E

$106,533

T16

Brooks Koepka

E

$106,533

T16

Kevin Streelman

E

$106,533

T16

Billy Horschel

E

$106,533

T16

Beau Hossler

E

$106,533

T16

Dylan Frittelli

E

$106,533

T16

Martin Contini

E

$106,533

T25

Christiaan Bezuidenhout

1

$62,800

T25

Bill Haas

1

$62,800

T25

Taylor Pendrith

1

$62,800

T25

Matthew NeSmith

1

$62,800

T25

Chase Seiffert

1

$62,800

T30

Callum Tarren

2

$43,133

T30

Lucas Glover

2

$43,133

T30

J.J. Spaun

2

$43,133

T30

Denny McCarthy

2

$43,133

T30

Trey Mullinax

2

$43,133

T30

Louis Oosthuizen

2

$43,133

T30

Rick Lamb

2

$43,133

T30

Mito Pereira

2

$43,133

T30

Ian Poulter

2

$43,133

T30

Dylan Wu

2

$43,133

T30

Andrew Kozan

2

$43,133

T30

Nick Watney

2

$43,133

T42

Brian Gay

3

$27,600

T42

J.T. Poston

3

$27,600

T42

Davis Riley

3

$27,600

T42

Jhonattan Vegas

3

$27,600

T42

Rickie Fowler

3

$27,600

T42

Lee Westwood

3

$27,600

T48

Danny Willett

4

$20,286

T48

Stephan Jaeger

4

$20,286

T48

Brendon Todd

4

$20,286

T48

Martin Trainer

4

$20,286

T48

Rory Sabbatini

4

$20,286

T48

K.H. Lee

4

$20,286

T48

Mackenzie Hughes

4

$20,286

T55

Peter Uihlein

5

$18,160

T55

Brett Drewitt

5

$18,160

T55

Vaughn Taylor

5

$18,160

T55

Russell Knox

5

$18,160

T55

David Lipsky

5

$18,160

T55

Alex Smalley

5

$18,160

T55

Roger Sloan

5

$18,160

T55

Samuel Stevens

5

$18,160

T55

Curtis Thompson

5

$18,160

T64

Justin Lower

6

$17,280

T64

Patrick Rodgers

6

$17,280

T66

Bronson Burgoon

7

$16,800

T66

Garrick Higgo

7

$16,800

T66

William McGirt

7

$16,800

T66

Aaron Rai

7

$16,800

T70

Ryan Palmer

8

$16,320

T70

Joshua Creel

8

$16,320

T72

Robert Streb

12

$16,000

T72

Austin Cook

12

$16,000

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