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2015 Florida Swing Full of Excitement

Posted by Dan Hauser on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 at 10:51am.

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Another Florida Swing has come and gone, and as has been so many times in the past, those four weeks featured some of the most exciting golf of the 2015 season. When you break it down, the Florida Swing took place over four weeks, in four different Florida cities and featured two playoffs, an unscheduled Monday finish, two tournaments being won on the 72nd hole, a club toss, a Bear Trap, Snake Pit, and Blue Monster, oh yea and the likes of Arnold Palmer and "The Donald" himself. Here is a look back at the 2015 version of "The Florida Swing"

The Honda Classic- Kicking off the Florida Swing for yet another year, this tournament, held at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, has become one of the top draws on the PGA Tour year with it becoming an unnoficial home game for so may of the game's elite. This year's edition didn't dissapoint either. The 2015 Honda Classic featured insane weather conditions that saw play all but wiped out on Friday and completely wiped out on Saturday. In fact, the weather was so bad Saturday that the course suffered over $100,000 worth of damange, to say nothing of the thorough soaking your scribe recieved. As a result, we had our first unscheduled Monday finish of 2015 and what a Monday it was. Ian Poulter coughed up a 5 shot lead by hitting what seemed like every ball he had into the water throughout the day, leading to a playoff between journeyman Padrig Harrington and young gun rookie Daniel Berger. Harrington won on the second playoff hole for his second Honda Classic victory in his career.

WGC-Caddilac Championship at Doral- Anytime Donald Trump slaps his name on something you know you are in for some excitement, and the second edition of this WGC since "The Donald" purchased Doral did not dissapoint. In the span of four days we saw countless water balls, Rory Mcllroy chuck his 2 iron in a lake on Friday, only for Trump to hire a scuba diver to fish it out on Saturday so he could return it to Rory on Sunday, two hole-in-ones on the same hole by two different golfers within twenty minutes of each other, and another 54-hole leader not convert (you will notice a trend of that here). In the end, North Palm Beach resident Dustin Johnson ran down 54-hole leader J.B. Holmes, sinking a putt on the 18th hole to win by one and winning for the first time since his return from his six month absence.

Valspar Championsip- The Tour traveled west to the Tampa area for the Valspar championship where we got a glimpse of the future decade of golf. As had been the theme for the first two events, 54-hole leader Ryan Moore couldn't convert. That set up a playoff between Ryder Cup partners Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, and "old man" Sean O'Hair. The end of regulation featured miraculous par saves and birdie putts from both Reed and Spieth. A 31 footer for birdie got Spieth into a tie at the top at 14. At 16, after coming up short and ending up in a greenside bunker, he managed to save par from a lie that forced him to have one foot in the bunker and one foot out. He made big time par saves on both 17 and 18, with the par save at 18 from 12 feet getting him into the playoff. Reed meanwhile, drained a 30 footer for birdie at 18 to throw his name in the playoff as well. Spieth went on to win the playoff on the third hole, draining a 28 foot putt for birdie.

Arnold Palmer Invitational- The week started with the man himself holding his annual pre tournament press conference and ended with him presenting the trophy to Matt Every on the 18th green for the second year in a row. Every became just the third golfer to ever successfully repeat at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, running down 54-hole leader Henrik Stenson and Jupiter resident Morgan Hoffmann on Sunday. He sunk a 20 footer for birdie from the left edge of the green on 18 to ultimately get the win and then dropped this line after, "I told Tiger I'd hold it down for him until he got back." He then dropped this line to all of us after when discussing the winning putt, "I walked up to the green and this guy in the crowd kept coughing ‘straight putt, straight putt’, and I was like, this guy’s a real {jerk} if he’s lying to me because that’s a pretty important moment." The tournament also featured the first albatross in competition when Daniel Berger holed out his second shot on the par-5 6th on Friday. Then on Sunday, Zach Johnson made another albatross, this one coming on the par-5 16th.

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