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The Honda Classic to shatter $19 million charity mark

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By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) - One hundred forty-four PGA Tour professionals will tee off in the 2011 Honda Classic held at the PGA National Resort & Spa proving how, each year, the tournament is growing in prestigious and numbers.

"We've got three of the top four places in the world, and we've never had that at the Honda Classic," said Tournament Director Ed McEnroe.

Golfing pros aren't the only ones taking to the links. Instrumental musician Kenny G, professional football players Jason Taylor and Tim Tebow and golfing legend Jack Nicklaus are teaming up in the Kenny G Gold Pro Am.

"It's a good opportunity to play with the best ever [Jack Nicklaus] and best ever college football player [Tim Tebow] and a great musician [Kenny G]. I'm the runt of the group, and I like it that way," said Taylor.

Back in Florida, Taylor says, he has no intentions of returning to the Dolphins; instead, he hopes to re-sign with the Jets.

Tim Tebow, also back in to the Sunshine State, is proud to be home. "I've known for a long time how strong Gator Nation is and how passionate their fans are," said Tebow. "I know because I am one of them, so it's very exciting  [to play in Honda classic]. I'm always supported well, and that's one of the best things of being a Gator."

It's people like these four and McEnroe who make the Honda Classic more than just a golf tournament. "In the 30 years of the Honda Classic, we've donated over $18 million, and we're going to shatter the $19 million mark this year."

The Honda Classic also has an economic impact of $33 million.

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