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PGA TOUR Honda Classic Sunday Morning Report

Andy Reistetter@GolfWriter59Analyst IMarch 7, 2010

LA JOLLA, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Camilo Villegas of Columbia lines up his putt on the 4th hole during the Final Round of the Buick Invitational at the Torrey Pines North Course on February 8, 2009 in La Jolla, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Featured Columnist Andy Reistetter is on site at the Honda Classic this week.

 

The associated video is available on YouTube.com.

Welcome to the Sunday Morning Report, live from the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The Honda Classic is advertised as "18 holes of refined sport and raucous celebration."

The PGA National Resort & Spa is a gorgeous resort open to public partying during the entire tournament week. With onsite concerts complemented by fireworks the venue is true to its proclamations of "raucous celebration."

Kenny G orchestrated the start of the party this week with his Wednesday Kenny G Gold Pro-Am. This year he played with the legendary Jack Nicklaus, Dan Marino, and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees of the "MARCHING ON" New Orleans Saints.

One member of the gallery told me it was the most entertaining golf he had ever seen.

The Champion Course here at PGA National is a Jack Nicklaus classic- perhaps his finest work as a golf course architect.

The most famous holes comprise "The Bear Trap"—the par-3 15th over water, the par-4 16th around water, and the par-3 17th over water. That's a bear TRAP not a bear HUG though if the bear hugs you isn't it all over anyways?

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If the Bear traps you on Sunday afternoon, you will not win the Honda Classic today.

On Thursday I followed defending champion Y.E. Yang who won his first PGA Tour event right here last year.

The 38-year-old South Korean then went on to tame the Tiger and win the PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

Yang shot 79 courtesy of a 9 on his second hole and missed the cut.

On Friday I followed first round leader Nathan Green, Vijay Singh and a struggling Padraig Harrington.

Green felt a little intimidated by the pairing. The other two guys happened to have three majors apiece.

The Aussie wasn't intimidated though and rose to the occasion with a bogey-free 66 on Thursday.

On Friday it was a different story with Green making par after par which isn't all that bad at PGA National.

Though when you walk that par tight rope for so long it is only a matter of time until you fall off. After making several par saves he finally missed a 12-footer on 16 and made bogey. His even par round of 70 kept him in the hunt.

Then yesterday the birdies kicked in with Green making four of them shooting a 67. At 8-under par he is in the final group today at 1:45 p.m.

Vijay didn't putt very well but his iron shots were so good that he ended up just kicking the ball in the hole. The 47-year-old player is now resigned to utilize reads from his caddie.

Singh played the best and was by far the most exciting to watch making 6 birdies in the last 12 holes to shoot a 66.

The most exciting thing I saw on Friday was Vijay missing a 4-footer for birdie on No. 16 and then making a bomb of 65 feet for deuce on the very next hole.

C'est la vie when the score is good. Who cares how and when they go in?

On Saturday I followed Vijay Singh again.

He looks young and strong.

Still making birdies to offset mistakes he managed a 69 to tie Nathan Green at 8-under par and three strokes behind the leader.

Who is the leader? Camilo Villegas!

What happened to Anthony Kim?

With 13 birdies in the first two rounds I thought we would see another burst of birdies out of the AK gun but instead he bogeyed the last 3 holes and is 6 strokes back.

Instead Villegas made six birdies on Saturday, shot 67 and opened up a three stroke lead.

This tournament is Columbia's Camilo Villegas' to win, but don't rule out the big Fijian Vijay Singh or the Aussie Nathan Green.

Well, my golfing friends, this is Andy Reistetter live from the Honda Classic—where it is "18 holes of refined sport." Thanks for joining me, and have a great Sunday.

Andy Reistetter is a freelance golf writer. He follows the PGA TOUR volunteering and working part time for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, and The Golf Channel.

 

He resides in Jacksonville Beach, Florida near the PGA TOUR headquarters and home of The PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach.

 

He enjoys pursuing his passion for the game of golf and everything associated with it. He can be reached through his website www.MrHickoryGolf.net or by e-mailing him to AndyReistetter@gmail.com

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