While some of the top golfers in the world call Palm Beach County home now, there aren't too many that are truly local products. While many, like Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, have lived in the area for the majority of their lives, they have all moved here from somewhere else.
That's what makes European Tour star Brooks Koepka a true "hometown hero". Born and raised in Wellington and now living in Palm Beach Gardens, the 23 year old Koepka will get to compete in his hometown event for the first time in his career. A standout at Cardinal Newman and Florida State, Koepka served as a stadard-bearer at the Honda Classic for years during his junior golf days.
Not only will Koepka become the first Palm Beach County golf product ever to compete at the Honda Classic, he will get to do it with one of the deepest fields in the history of the event. Koepka will play along side fellow Palm Beach County residents including Tiger Woods (Jupiter Island), Rory Mcllroy (Palm Beach Gardens), and Lee Westwood (Old Palm). In addition, defending Masters Champion Adam Scott announced that he will play in the Honda Classic, ending his six week vacation.
Koepka is no stranger to playing on the PGA Tour or even playing with major winners. Koepka recieved an exemption to last year's PGA Championship where he was paired with Woods in the final round. He also competed in the Frys.com Open in October where he took a lead deep into the final round before finishing in a tie for third.
The Honda Classic will once again be held this year on the Champions Course at PGA National. The event will be held February 27 through March 3.