PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Home-course advantage didn’t mean a whole lot for Rickie Fowler in the first round of the Honda Classic on Thursday.
As for Brooks Koepka, he found out what the wind can do on the sixth hole after he put the ball in the water twice for his first triple bogey in 447 holes.
PGA National added a twist to its already unforgiving nature. A course with prevailing winds typically from the southeast played much differently after a cool front that blew in overnight and flipped those winds, rendering all the calculations from practice rounds and Wednesday’s pro-am obsolete.
“I’ve played this direction before, but it’s not the normal,” Fowler said.
Which is why when Fowler said Wednesday that he enjoys playing in the wind on this course, he did not mean, this wind. And he certainly isn’t used to playing the Champion Course with temperatures dipping into the 50s,…