PGA Tour

Parker Coody Monday qualifies into Honda Classic, joining his twin brother Pierceson in field

February 21, 2023
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Mike Zarrilli

This week’s Honda Classic might be short on star power, the byproduct of being sandwiched between four of the PGA Tour’s newly designated events. But the Honda field does boast a unique marquee billing: twins.

Pierceson Coody was given a sponsor's exemption into this week’s event at PGA National Resort, and for good reason. Coody is considered one of the rising stars in the sport, winning twice on the Korn Ferry Tour—including a win earlier this month at the Panama Championship—in less than a year since turning professional. Pierceson will now be joined in Palm Beach Gardens by his brother, Parker, after Parker qualified for the Honda through Monday qualifying.

Well, technically, Tuesday qualifying, as Parker had to return to Tesoro Club early this morning to beat out four others in a playoff.

The Coody brothers, the grandsons of 1971 Masters champion Charles Coody, are best known for leading the University of Texas to a NCAA national championship last summer, giving the Longhorns program its fourth national championship in school history. They also both suffered the same fluke injuries last year, breaking their arms during a training session in Austin.

Despite their similarities, the Coody brothers are on a bit of a different professional trajectory at the moment. Pierceson’s KFT victories have him on the precipice of securing his PGA Tour card and is inside the top 300 in the World Ranking, while Parker currently has just conditional status on the minor-league circuit. Conversely, a good week from Parker could put the brothers back on equal footing.

Other notables in this week’s Honda Classic field include Sungjae Im, Billy Horschel, Shane Lowry and Sepp Straka.