Cognizant Classic in the Palm Beaches

Site: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Course: PGA National (Champions). Yardage: 7,147. Par: 71.

Prize money: $9 million. Winner's share: $1.62 million.

Television: Thursday-Friday, 2-6 p.m. (Golf Channel); Saturday-Sunday, 1-3 p.m. (Golf Channel), 3-6 p.m. (NBC).

Defending champion: Chris Kirk.

FedEx Cup leader: Matthieu Pavon.

Last week: Jake Knapp won the Mexico Open at Vidanta.

Notes: The tournament again leads off the Florida swing under a new name. Cognizant takes over as title sponsor of what previously was the Honda Classic. ... Rory McIlroy is playing to beef up his pre-Masters schedule. He last played the tournament in 2018. ... Six of the seven winners on the PGA Tour this year were outside the top 50 in the world ranking. The exception was Wyndham Clark, No. 10 when he won at Pebble Beach. ... This is the last tournament for the leading top 10 in the FedEx Cup and the leading five players in "swing category" to earn a spot in Bay Hill next week. ... Since turning pro after winning The American Express, U.S. Amateur champion Nick Dunlap finished in last place at Pebble Beach and missed the cut at Riviera. He is in the field this week. ... NCAA champion Fred Biondi, who turned pro last year, received a sponsor exemption. ... The field features five of the top 25 in the world ranking.

Next week: Arnold Palmer Invitational and Puerto Rico Open.


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