If PGA of America leaves, how would it affect the Honda Classic?

March 08, 2018
A view of a flag is seen during the first round of The Honda Classic at PGA National Resort & Spa - Champion Course on February 26, 2015 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Honda Classic Executive Director Ken Kennerly said his phone was “ringing off the hook” Thursday when news surfaced that the PGA of America could possibly leave Palm Beach County. Everyone was wondering how it would affect his event.

The answer: not at all.

“The PGA Tour is a totally different entity from the PGA of America,” Kennerly said. “I would hate to see them go, but the bottom line is they have no involvement in our tournament.”

A story published by Golf.com overnight reported that the PGA of America is considering moving its Palm Beach Gardens-based headquarters in the near future, possibly to the Dallas area.

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While the PGA of America, which has been based in Palm Beach Gardens since 1965, is primarily in business to serve the nation’s 28,000 club pros, the Honda is an annual event on the PGA Tour, which is based in Ponte Vedra Beach.

“From my perspective,” Kennerly said, “being in the golf business and living in Palm Beach County, we hate to see any business leave the county. We live in the best place on the planet, so why would anyone leave? But that’s up to them.

“If they left it would be disappointing, mostly because we’re in a great spot here.”

Having the national golf media in close proximity at last month’s Honda Classic did offer the PGA of America an opportunity to hold a press conference featuring Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk to discuss September’s bi-annual matches at Le Golf National in Paris.

PGA of America has also taken the opportunity to invite media to a social event at a restaurant down the street from PGA National Resort & Spa during Honda week.

The organization even made a few bucks from the Honda, offering weekend parking in its lots for $30.