Honda Classic Recap - "No Name" Winner

Posted by Kim Hoy on March 5, 2019 at 11:52 AM
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The hometown newspaper of the Honda Classic got in a little trouble this weekend. 

Keith Mitchell was the winner of the 2019 Honda Classic, and instead of, you know, being happy for the dude, the Palm Beach Post used this as their headline:

Yep. Very unkind indeed. Also unkind? The announcers calling him "Kevin" Mitchell, instead of Keith, in the 3rd round. 

However, It seems that Kevin/Keith has a great sense of humor about the whole thing: 

Yeah. He's gonna fit in juuuust fine on the Tour.

I'm sure he'll enjoy that nearly $1.3 million check, provided they get his name right. 

Keith Mitchell getting his first PGA Tour victory is really cool, and for those who say "no name winners are bad for golf", I tend to disagree. It made for some great competition on Sunday. 

Here is a list of all the golfers who were, at one point Sunday, tied for the lead at the Honda Classic:

Vijay Singh, Brooks Koepka, Ryan Palmer, K. H. Lee, Lucas Glover, Keith Mitchell. And, Rickie Fowler was 1 stroke behind. 

THAT is what's good for golf. Going into Sunday with a fierce competition for the lead is all the excitement that the PGA Tour can hope for, unless the leaders were Phil, Tiger, Koepka, Jack Nicklaus, the ghost of Arnold Palmer, and John Daly. And that's impossible, John Daly's never gonna win another Tour event. (Hah, see what I did there?)

So, I don't think no name winners are bad for golf whatsoever - as long as the competition around them is fierce. Besides, every golf great had to start out as a no name winner, right?

What do you think? Do you think that "no name" winners are bad for golf? Do you like seeing newbies win, or do you prefer seeing the usual suspects taking home the hardware? Let us know in the comments below!

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