Aces, divots and eagles from opening day of 2021 Honda Classic

Aces, divots and eagles from opening day of 2021 Honda Classic

Thursday was the first day for spectators to gawk at some of the world’s top golfers at PGA National, where the opening round of the Honda Classic was held.

Australia's Matt Jones tied a Champion course record by finishing the day with a 9-under 61.

This year’s Honda Classic is unlike years past because of the coronavirus pandemic. Attendance was limited and masks are required to be worn at all times while on the course, but it didn’t seem to bother those fans who spoke with FOX 29’s Meghan McRoberts.

Arguably the most notable changes involved “The Bear Trap,” the crown jewel of the spectator experience. FOX 29’s Ashleigh Walters highlighted how the socially distanced crowds would impact the golfers, for better or worse.

Taste & See reporter T.A. Walker was also there to capture the many sights and sounds of opening day.

Although several big-name Palm Beach County golfers dropped out, there was still plenty of talent on display.

Veteran golfer Phil Mickelson proved that, even after 30 years on the PGA Tour, he's still got an avid following.

Last but not least, longtime Honda Classic volunteer Tom Gibbs had to break from tradition this year because of COVID-19, but he's all the living proof that's needed to remind folks that golf is indeed a gentleman's sport. Here's his inspiring story in case you missed it.

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