PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL - Propelled by the return of Tiger Woods, which fueled a massive turnout on Friday, and the drama of a Sunday playoff won by World No. 3 Justin Thomas, the 2018 Honda Classic shattered its attendance record.
The PGA TOUR event attracted 224,642 confirmed spectators over seven days of perfect weather and tense competition spanning from the Monday Pro-Am to Sunday's final round, a 10 percent increase over the 203,815 fans who attended in 2017.
The increase marked a third consecutive year of growth after the 2015 tournament was plagued by bad weather and drew 165,200. Attendance on Friday alone was up more than 20 percent.
The modern-day attendance dwarfs the number of fans (83,500) who attended The Honda Classic in 2007 when it moved to PGA National Resort & Spa. The tournament broke the 100,000 barrier in 2010.
“Having Tiger Woods back in The Honda Classic competing against so many other great players led the way to another tremendous event highlighted by our local Champion in Justin Thomas,” Honda Classic Executive Director Kenneth R. Kennerly said. “The energy level at the tournament was at an all-time high, and it was so rewarding to see everyone having such a great time.
"We have worked hard to attract a diverse spectator base and were thrilled to see this strategy pay off in the way the community supported this year's tournament. It was just an incredible week of golf and fun. We look forward to more great events in the years to come so that we can continue to grow upon the impact that we make in this community through our Honda Classic Cares initiative and our charitable giving."
The 2019 Honda Classic will be played February 25-March 3, 2019.