The Bear Trap swallowed 150 balls

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If confirmation was needed of just how nasty the ‘Bear Trap” is, it could be the numbers of balls hit into it at the Honda Classic.

If further confirmation was needed to underline just how nasty the ‘Bear Trap” at PGA National is, it would be the numbers of balls hit into it in the four days of the Honda Classic.

The Bear Trap is made up of holes 15, 16 and 17 at PGA National at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and they are all well guarded by water

So much so that overall, 150 balls were reported to have splashed down to watery graves in the four days of Honda completion with 60 of those going in at the 15th, 25 at the 16th and 65 at the 17th.

Rory Sabbatini, who shot a course-record 64 in the wind-lashed second round, a 66 on a slightly easier third day and then held off a hard-chasing YE Yang with a 1-under 71 in the final round, is one of the few who will remember that three-hole stretch of golfing carnage without cursing it.

For not only did he play it in 1-under for the four rounds as against the field average of 1-over, he also happened to wrap up the title on the final day with a birdie at the 16th that put him two ahead with two to play.

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