Taming the Bear Trap

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Mark Wilson was the first PGA Tour pro to "tame the Bear Trap." His Honda Classic win in 2007, the first year PGA National hosted the tournament, came on the third hole of a four-man, sudden death playoff with Jose Coceres, Camilo Villegas and Boo Weekley.
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Ernie Els ended a four-year drought between PGA Tour victories with his 2008 Honda Classic win. He took the outright lead when Mark Calcavecchia's bunker shot on No. 15 hit the green and kept rolling. When two-time Honda winner Calcavecchia found his ball on a greenside rock ledge, he picked it up and threw it into the water.
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South Korea's Y.E. Yang picked up his first PGA Tour victory at the 2009 Honda Classic and celebrated by working the fans at PGA National into a frenzy.
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Camilo Villegas lines up a putt in the final round of his 2010 Honda Classic win. Villegas won by five shots, despite struggling on the back nine. "Those finishing holes are tough," said Villegas.
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Strong play on the Bear Trap gave Rory Sabbatini the edge in his victory at the 2011 Honda Classic. While the rest of field was 1 over on the Bear Trap for the tournament, Sabbatini played that three-hole stretch at 1 under. "I just really tried to play those holes as smartly as I could and just try to eliminate any opportunity for some big numbers," Sabbatini told the Associated Press. "There's a pretty good reason they call it the Bear Trap, because if it doesn't get you one way, it's going to get you another. It definitely caused some stress for me today."
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Rory McIlroy held off a late charge by Tiger Woods to win the Honda Classic in 2012 and claim the No. 1 spot in the Official World Golf Ranking.
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Michael Thompson secured his first PGA Tour victory at the Honda Classic in 2013. "There's a lot of golf courses on tour that it might be easy to close out a golf tournament -- or easier -- but this is not one of them," said Geoff Ogilvy, who finished second.
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