The Honda Classic is played at one of the most dramatic courses on Tour, PGA National in Palm Springs. Intense storms and severe rain pushed the tournament to a Monday finish. So, this morning, we’re watching and we’re learning just why they call the finishing stretch the “Bear Trap.”
Entering the day with a two-shot lead, Ian Poulter hit 5 balls in the water en route to a 5-over par 75.
With the lead on the 15th tee, Patrick Reed hit his tee shot into the water, finishing double bogey, bogey, bogey, par to finish with a 3-over par 73.
Taking over the lead on the 17th tee, Padraig Harrington hit his tee shot into the water, making a double bogey and falling behind by one stroke. He then birdied 18 to finish in a tie for first at 6-under par.
During all this, PGA Tour rookie Daniel Berger was hanging out in the practice area. He was casually chewing on a banana while rolling in one-handed putts. Over an hour before, Berger blitzed PGA National with a 6-under par 64, coming from 9 shots back to take the lead.
Now, he and Padraig Harrington are facing off in a sudden death playoff. Harrington has not won on the PGA Tour since 2008; Berger has never won on the PGA Tour. In 2008, he was just 14.
11:38 pET Update
Both players laid up and have wedges into the par-5 18th.
11:45 pET Update
After watching two putts burn the edge, we’re on to 17 where Padraig made double in regulation. Berger V Harrington continues.
12:01 pET Update
Harrington wins. He stuffed it to 3 feet before Berger wiped one in the lake on 17. First win since 2008, when he won back-to-back majors. Unreal.