PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — The 2013 Honda Classic continued the event's upward trend in attendance and sponsor participation despite cold weather on the weekend at PGA National Resort & Spa.
The event attracted 167,800 confirmed spectators between Monday's Fins Cup Pro-Am and Sunday's final round, which saw Michael Thompson hold on for a two-stroke victory over Geoff Ogilvy.
The total marks an increase over the 161,700 which attended in 2012, a year which saw a surge due to the participation of Tiger Woods and a Woods-Rory McIlroy duel on Sunday. The attendance was 111,950 in 2011 and 101,200 in 2010.
"The word continues to spread along our community, North America and the world that The Honda Classic has become one of the premier events in golf," Executive Director Kennth R. Kennerly said. "It is now a global event attracting the best players in the world and people who attend know what a great time it is to come out to The Honda Classic.
"When you bring all of these great players together, you usually stage a great event on the course and Michael Thompson's victory this year was not an exception. But we had so many other fantastic things going on in addition to that, from the Kenny G concert on Thursday night to our most successful Kid's Day ever to the wild scene all week long at an expanded Bear Trap area.
"This was our vision when we brought The Honda Classic to PGA National seven years ago and we try to become better every year. I can't thank the players enough for their support of our event and our community, with so many of them choosing to make Palm Beach County their annual home. We couldn't be more excited about the tournament we just had or about the future."
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