(Reuters) – Jhonattan Vegas took the early first-round lead on Thursday at the Honda Classic, a tournament that has recently attracted a stellar field but has fallen victim this year of the PGA Tour’s new condensed schedule.
Vegas hit the ball with metronomic efficiency to card six-under-par 64 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
Point - Lead-up - Round - Absence - Game
Yet the big talking point in the lead-up to the first round was the absence of most of the game’s biggest names from the tournament.
Only three among the top 20 in the world rankings are present — Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler — making it the weakest field in more than a decade.
Tiger - Woods - Dustin - Johnson - Rory
Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are among those sitting out the event, even though they all live locally.
A number of big events both before and after the Honda Classic has left the longest title sponsor on the PGA Tour facing a problem not of its own making.
Honda - Florida - Tournament - Year
Honda began sponsoring the south Florida tournament in 1982 but this year, it...
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