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Modifications make Bear Trap's party hole gentler, kinder

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The Bear Trap’s party hole shouldn’t be quite as daunting this year.

The Honda Classic moved up the tee box at the PGA National Champion Course’s 17th hole and rebuilt the seating around the party pavilions.

The scorecard yardage is now 175 yards, but it will probably play even shorter, perhaps as short as 150 yards with a front pin location, which feels like a reprieve for Tour pros who typically face tough crosswinds playing to a green guarded front and right by water. The hole played to 190 yards on the scorecard last year.