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Rickie Fowler becoming a hometown favorite at the Honda Classic

The biggest names in golf have descended on Palm Beach Gardens for the Honda Classic including one hometown favorite. Rickie Fowler has made quite a name for himself on the PGA tour and that popularity carries a lot of weight around in northern Palm Beach County. 

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“This is my home now, I feel we have a lot of support,” says Fowler.

Ask him where he’s from and he’ll tell you California, except when the Honda Classic rolls into town.

“This is the one tournament that I have them announce me out of Jupiter,” Fowler says. The 8-year resident of Jupiter, currently ranked 7th in the world, teed off Thursday to defend his title. 

We caught up with The 2017 Honda Classic winner last week to talk about golf and life off the course.

"We get out paddleboarding quite a bit, we get…

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‘Douglas Strong’: Marlins show support; meet with Douglas students

Sometimes sports offer an escape from the realities, or tragedies of life. On Friday, the Stoneman Douglas baseball and softball teams got a chance to meet players from the Marlins, during their first spring training game at the Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium in Jupiter.

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“It was a great experience,” said Jackie McKenna, who is on the Stoneman Douglas softball team. “They came up to us and we got some autographs and pictures. It was really cool. Especially seeing Derek Jeter.”

“It felt good and it was fun,” said Stoneman Douglas student Alex Mayi, who carries a picture of his friend, who was killed in last week’s shooting in his wallet.

The teams from Stoneman Douglas were watching the Marlins play the Cardinals and appreciated the message on the Marlin’s hats: Douglas Strong. 

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Spring training begins in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Port St. Lucie

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Major League Baseball is back in Florida as spring training kicks off Friday in West Palm Beach, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie. 

After the winter break, teams will square off across the Sunshine State as the teams dust off the rust in preparation for the 2018 season. 

The newly-named FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will host a 1:05 p.m. matchup between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach. 

Friday's Area Baseball Games:

Nationals vs. Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach at 1:05 p.m. Braves vs. Mets at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 p.m. Marlines vs. Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter at 1:05 p.m. 

MLB Players To Wear Hats Honoring Florida Shooting Victims

Earlier this week, it was announced t…

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