Local golfers tee off early at PGA National to get to know new Honda Classic greens


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    The Honda Classic tees off next Thursday, and some of the brightest PGA stars will be experiencing shiny new greens at PGA National. Those already in town are getting to know those greens this week.

    Jupiter resident Morgan Hoffman was teeing off on the Champions Course at PGA National on Wednesday, along with Anirban Lahiri from India. Both of them were trying to get an early feel for one of the most challenging courses on the PGA Tour. You can never get enough practice in the Bear Trap, but it's also important to get an early feel for the new greens.

    "The fullness of the greens being brand new is something that they'll have to get used to," says PGA National course superintendent Jeremiah Lockhart. "The speed will be there, so the biggest thing for them is to keep that firmness in check."

    "There's just a little bit more adjustment," says PGA star Morgan Hoffman. "That's why we're coming out here a little bit early. It takes some time to get used to, to jot down the roll out and see if it's going to spin or not."

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