PGA National (Champion), 7,140 yards, par 70. Now beginning its second decade as the Florida Swing’s kickoff venue, the original George & Tom Fazio layout was site of the 1983 Ryder Cup where Lanny Wadkins’ birdie at No. 18 vs. Jose Maria Canizares thwarted European upset hopes. The Champ also staged the 1987 PGA Championship, won by Larry Nelson, before Jack Nicklaus was brought in for a 1990 redesign that gave golfers the treacherous “Bear Trap” of Nos. 15, 16 and 17. The course also staged 19 Senior PGA Championships through 2000, going on competitive hiatus until the Honda arrived in 2007.
• LAST YEAR:
Scott outdueled Garcia down PGA National’s back nine, claiming a one-stroke victory that ended a two-year win drought.
Justin Thomas, a three-time winner in 2016-17, and defending champ Adam Scott headline a deep lineup that features 12 of the top 25 in the current rankings. Scott, Thomas and No. 9 Sergio Garcia are among the world’s top 10. … Reigning Masters champion Danny Willett makes his first U.S. visit since the Ryder Cup.