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Welcome to the Bear Trap.
1. The Honda Classic for years has suffered as the weakling of the Florida swing, being outshone by Doral and Bay Hill annually. But the weakling has beefed up and is elbowing its way into golf fans' consciousness. Seven of the top eight players in the Official World Golf Rankings will be teeing it up in Palm Beach Gardens Thursday. It will be the best field of the year on the PGA Tour.
2. Even better than having seven of the top eight players in the world is the fact they'll all be rested. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson sat out the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play, and Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Zach Johnson lasted just one day.
3. The Champion Course at PGA National has hosted the event since 2007, and those who have played it or watched it know that the 15th, 16th and 17th holes are known as the "Bear Trap," named to honor course designer Jack Nicklaus.
The Bear Trap has yielded some interesting numbers: 18 percent of all bogeys made in the tournament are made there, 32 percent of all double bogeys happen there and 42 percent of all triple bogeys or worse have ruined rounds there.