Golf Innerview with Ann Liguori

Honda Classic's Ken Kennerly talks the future of the PGA Tour event

Tournament's executive director emeritus joins host Ann Liguori to talk about the PGA Tour stop's past, present and future

Ken Kennerly, the Honda Classic's executive director emeritus, has seen the PGA Tour stop become a staple of the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, community. He also has seen Honda's 42-year-run as title sponsor come to an end with this year's tournament.

Kennerly joins "Golf Innerview" host Ann Liguori to discuss all things Honda Classic, including thoughts on a new sponsor, the tournament's place on the calendar and how to draw the PGA Tour's top players back.

[1:09] This being Honda’s last year as tournament sponsor after 42 years
[2:00] History of the tournament’s growth
[3:22] Reasons for the tournament's success, including donating $6.4 million to charity
[5:00] How a grounds ticket holder enjoys frills and higher-end feel
[7:00] Not as concerned about getting "elevated" status
[7:14] The need to get a date for the tournament "free of handcuffs" and hats off to Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry for playing
[8:14] Lowry has played eight of nine tournaments to start the season, but loves the Honda Classic
[9:34] On Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson returning to play in the Honda Classic
[11:00} What Kennerly's day to day is like and his relationships with local corporations
[12:25] Benefits of being a title sponsor
[14:25] The hospitality factor and how it's a benefit for sponsors
[15:41] Good meetings with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan about the future of the event
[16:28] The community's passion for the event
[18.21} On the transformed PGA National Resort and Brookfield’s ownership