February 28 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- One of the reasons Rory McIlroy won The Honda Classic a year ago was how he played the infamous Bear Trap -- holes 15, 16 and 17 at PGA National.
McIlroy was a collective 3 under for the week one of the hardest stretches of holes on the PGA TOUR.
Consider this: The three-hole stretch has acounted for 34 percent of the tournament's double bogeys and 44 percent of triple bogeys since the event moved here in 2007.
There are plenty of reasons for this.
The par-3 15th, for example, typically plays into the wind and there is sand to the left and water to the right. The par-4 16th is a dogleg right that slopes toward the water, and the par-3 17th is 190 yards with sand long and left and water right.
Manage those three holes, and you'll be alright. At least that's how it worked out for McIlroy, who won by two last year.