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Round 1 of The Honda Classic tees off Thursday at PGA National

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Posted at 6:28 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 19:01:27-05

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Round 1 of The Honda Classic teed off from PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens on Thursday morning with 144 players vying for victory.

Thursday is also Military Appreciation Day at the tournament. From Thursday through Sunday, retired and active duty military, as well as reservists, can get complimentary tickets to The Honda Classic.

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There is also a special viewing area for veterans at the United Technologies Corporation Patriots Outpost Pavilion overlooking the 17th hole.

The covered, open-air venue has stadium seating, a patio, and elevator for easier access. Service members can enjoy complimentary food and non-alcoholic drinks there.

Tournament leaders said it's always a special experience.

"What’s really cool is how the players salute the military. When they’re walking past 17, a lot of the players are taking their hats off and saluting them," said Ken Kennerly, Executive Director of The Honda Classic.

Kennerly said they fed 14,000 veterans at the tournament last year.

The Honda Classic concludes Sunday with last year's winner, Keith Mitchell, looking to defend his title.

Click here for a full list of Thursday's tee times.