Mar 04, 2020
2020 Honda Classic Breaks 200,000 Attendance Barrier For Fifth Consecutive Year
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – The 2020 Honda Classic, won in thrilling fashion Sunday by South Korean Sungjae Im, achieved the second-highest attendance mark in tournament history.
The PGA TOUR event attracted 206,384 confirmed spectators over seven days of perfect weather and great competition spanning from the Monday Pro-Am to Sunday’s final round, slightly more than the 204,487 who attended the tournament in 2019. This was accomplished thanks to record crowds on Saturday.
The Classic in The Palm Beaches also exceeded the 200,000 mark for the fifth consecutive year since bad weather plagued the event in 2015 (165,200). The tournament attendance record was set in 2018 when 224,642 attended the event.
The tournament also benefitted from record concession sales for the week.
“It was another great year for The Classic in The Palm Beaches with the tournament being decided at the Bear Trap with birdies on the 15th and 17th holes by our great young champion that provided our fans with the kind of thrilling finish they probably were hoping for,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “The enormous crowds are an important validation of the tremendous community support we receive year to year.
“We were named the Most Fan First event on the PGA TOUR last year and I hope that we improved upon that fan experience in 2020. We have worked hard to attract a diverse spectator base and saw a continuation of that this year. It was just another great week.”
The modern-day attendance continues to dwarf the number of fans (83,500) who attended The Classic in The Palm Beaches in 2007 when it moved to PGA National Resort & Spa. The tournament broke the 100,000 barrier in 2010 and the 200,000 barrier in 2016.
The 2021 Honda Classic will move to a new date three weeks later in the PGA TOUR schedule. It will be played March 15-21, 2021 at PGA National Resort & Spa.