Sepp Straka Wins 2022 Honda Classic
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Sepp Straka (-10) won the 2022 Honda Classic. He fired a 66 and came from five strokes behind 54-hole leader Daniel Berger to beat out Shane Lowry by one shot and take the title. It is his first career PGA Tour win.
Berger needed eagle on the final hole to force a playoff and ended up putting his 3 wood in the water and made bogey and finished in solo fourth at -7. Kurt Kitayama finished one ahead in solo third at -8.
Berger looked bulletproof, making just two bogeys in his first three rounds. PGA National is notoriously resistant to scoring and that was certainly the case this week. Sitting on a five shot lead over Chris Kirk, Straka, and first round leader Kitayama, Berger got off to a tough start on Sunday. He went four over through his first six holes and just like that, it was a tournament again.
Straka and Lowry were more than happy to take advantage. Lowry opened his round with a birdie and kept up the solid play all day, hitting fairways and keeping his golf ball on dry land. Straka went -3 and bogey free on his back nine to chase down the leaders.
The field lacked the presence of any of the world’s top ten players. The top ranked players in the field didn’t necessarily dominate, either. Brooks Koepka finished T16 at even par; Louis Oosthuizen T29 at +2; and Sungjae Im, the 2020 champion, missed the cut along with last week’s wire-to-wire winner Joaquin Niemann.
Some players who did have weeks to remember included Gary Woodland, who shot a final round 67 to finish T5 (-4) alongside Alex Noren; Chris Kirk and Adam Svensson, who started the day within sight of the lead but had tough days, both shooting 73 and finishing T7 and T9, respectively; and Matthias Schwab, who finished T7 and -3.
Next week, the PGA Tour continues its Florida swing continues as the Tour heads to Orlando and Bay Hill for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Bryson DeChambeau is the defending champion and as of writing he plans to return from injury to defend his title. Other top players in the field include Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, and Jon Rahm. Many players not in the field will head to Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Open.
Sepp Straka What’s In The Bag
3 Wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus 15° (Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White 80 TX)
Irons: Srixon ZX7 4-9 (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 46°, 52°, 56°, 60° (True Temper Dynamic Gold)
Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Tuttle
Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond