Blayne Finishes 3rd at the Honda Classic
Blayne Barber didn’t have his best round of golf on the final day of the Honda Classic.
He did, however, play well enough the entire week to land the best finish of his career. After shooting even in the last round Sunday, Barber ended the tournament at 5-under par. He finished tied with Justin Thomas for third-place behind winner Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.
“Normally if you finish the week at 5-under, you’re kind of just taking your stuff and going,” Barber said. “But to be in the top three with that, just shows, is a testament to how hard this golf course is and par is a good score. Means a lot.”
Barber has finished as high as eighth, but finally had a breakthrough performance. Last year, he was 58th at the Honda.
“I feel like that’s the best I’ve controlled the ball in the wind probably my whole life,” Barber said. “Just really felt confident with it. Was making good swings, really controlling my ball flight well and it resulted in a good week.”
Thomas was playing the course for the first time despite living in the same city. Even though both players were tied, they were cheering on each other at the 18th hole because of their strong friendship.
“It was fun playing with Blayne,” Thomas said. “We talked about we had not played together in a while. I think we’ve been fortunate every time we’ve played together, we’ve been in contention to win. It was fun to be there for a little bit.”