Top 10 Memorable Honda Classics

1 of 10 Mark Calcavecchia in 1987 / Getty Images
10. Calc in 1987: While not necessarily posting the most exciting win in Honda history, Mark Calcavecchia might be the best story. Just one year before, Calc was struggling so badly that he caddied in this event for his pal Ken Green. A mere 365 days later, Calcavecchia fired a final-round 70 at the TPC Eagle Trace to triumph over Bernhard Langer and Payne Stewart.
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9. The Kuch in 2002: Playing in his first full year on the PGA Tour, former amateur sensation Matt Kuchar tamed the desert-like sand masses at the TPC at Heron Bay with four rounds in the 60s to beat Brad Faxon and Joey Sindelar by two. Four straight birdies on the back nine sealed the deal, in a hugely popular win and a tip of the cap to Kuchar for remaining in school and graduating from Georgia Tech, when he could have cashed in years earlier.
3 of 10 Fred Couples in 1993 / Getty Images
8. Freddie in 1993: Fred Couples was sailing along, nursing a four-shot lead with six holes to play, before he hit an iceberg at Weston Hills. He bogeyed 13 with a three-putt, flared a 9-iron for a bogey at 14, and splashed at 4-iron at 15 for a double. When he bunkered his 3-iron at the par-3 17th, it appeared that Robert Gamez would claim the win, thanks to birdies at 17 and 18. Not so fast. Bam! Boom Boom holed his bunker shot -- just Freddie being Freddie -- and captured the event in a two-hole playoff.
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7. Price in 1994: World No. 1 Nick Price trailed Brandel Chamblee by three heading into the final round. Chamblee played respectably on Sunday, but got steamrolled anyway, as Price hit all 18 greens in regulation, shooting 66 in the process, highlighted by a double-breaking, 35-foot birdie putt at 17. He needed it. Right behind him, Craig Parry holed a 40-foot chip on the same hole. Parry, however, couldn’t birdie 18, giving Price his one-shot cushion.
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6. Paddy in 2005: Padraig Harrington became the first Irishman to win on the PGA Tour, amid the wildest ride possible. Starting the final round seven shots behind the co-leaders, Harrington birdied 10 of his first 13 holes, including six in a row, at Mirasol’s Sunrise course, closing with a 63. Victory wasn’t complete, however, until Vijay Singh missed a 30-inch putt on the second playoff hole, earning Paddy the win -- and a congratulatory call from Ireland’s president Mary McAleese.
6 of 10 Hale Irwin in 1981 / Getty Images
5. Irwin in 1982: In the very first Honda-sponsored event, co-leader Hale Irwin came to Inverrary’s 72nd hole, a 407-yard par-4 needing a birdie. Instead, he flared his drive into the trees to the right. Navigating the tree branches brilliantly, Irwin smacked a low punch that trundled onto the green, nestling within three feet of the cup. Irwin canned the putt, giving him a one-shot victory over George Burns and Tom Kite.
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4. Donald in 2006: Seeking his second Tour win, Luke Donald came to the long par-4 18th at the Country Club of Mirasol’s Sunrise course needing a par to win by one over Geoff Ogilvy, who had made a rare double eagle earlier in the week at the par-5 6th. Cool hand Luke needed a 5-iron for his second, from 199 yards and nailed it, his ball finishing three feet from the hole. He cemented the win by knocking down the putt to triumph by two.
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3. Pavin in 1992: In the middle of the fairway at new venue Weston Hills’ par-5 18th hole on Sunday, Corey Pavin stood three shots behind Mark Brooks, who was playing several groups behind him and one back of Fred Couples. From 129 yards, the short-hitting Pavin then slam-dunked an 8-iron for an eagle 3. After a final fade from Brooks, Pavin outdueled Couples in a playoff, ending it with a 12-foot birdie putt on the 2nd hole.
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2. Rory in 2012: With a win, Rory McIlroy would leapfrog Luke Donald for No. 1 in the world. Rounds of 66-67-66 put him in the lead, yet he nearly lost it on Sunday, as the all-time No. 1, Tiger Woods, burned up PGA National with a 62, featuring eagles at the par-5 3rd and again at the par-5 18th, where he stuck a 5-iron to eight feet. McIlroy heard the roars, but steadied himself down the stretch to shoot 69 and win by two.
10 of 10 Jack Nicklaus in 1978 / Getty Images
1. The Golden Bear in 1978: Hard luck victim Grier Jones hadn’t won a PGA Tour title in six years, but he seemed poised to take the Jackie Gleason event at Inverrary Country Club, until defending champion Jack Nicklaus ripped off five consecutive birdies to finish the final round, including chip-ins at 14 and 16 to nip Jones by one.