At the Honda Classic on Friday, one PGA Tour professional achieved something that only a few will ever do in their lifetime, hit all 18 greens in regulation.
Not only did Adam Svensson produce a ball striking masterclass around PGA National, but also achieved a feat that only Cody Gribble had ever managed since the event was moved to the course in 2007.
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As well as hitting all 18 greens, the 28-year-old also missed just one fairway as the Canadian signed for a five-under-par 65 to sit comfortably inside the top-10.
Speaking after his second round, Svensson said: "I hit the ball pretty good, especially the driver. There's a lot of tight holes out there and I think I hit 17 -- well almost all the fairways besides 1. But yeah, I hit the irons great, made a couple nice putts and I didn't even know I hit all 18 greens until Tim, my caddie, told me and I was like, Wow, okay."
PGA National is famed for the Bear Trap, which is regarded as one of the toughest three-hole stretches of golf on the PGA Tour. During the first round of this year's event, the field was a combined 61-over-par on the par 3, par 4, par 3 layout, with Svensson himself three-over on the first day.
However, on Friday, the 28-year-old would tame it superbly, playing the stretch in one-under-par and gaining a shedload of shots on the field. "I was 3-over par yesterday on them," said Svensson. "I had a nice round going and then I ended up going double bogey, bogey, but today, I was like, let's just calm down and produce nice smooth swings and, I mean, I just hit some really good shots in there."
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.
Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?
Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°
Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°
Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°
Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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