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Tiger Woods To Play the Honda Classic

Feb 12, 2013

Brian Biggane

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods will play again in the Honda Classic, which will be contested Feb. 28-March 3 at PGA National.

The news came this morning when Woods announced his commitment on his website. Honda officials announced Woods' return at a pre-scheduled news conference at PGA National. It was the same venue at which Woods announced his commitment to play last year.

"It's enormous," tournament director Ken Kennerly said when asked about the impact of the announcement. "Last year when he committed, it (had been) a work in progress for six years. You work hard, try to get best players you can here in Palm Beach County. We're just thrilled with this announcement.

"What he did for us last year, to go from 110,000 (attendance) to 160,000 -- though Tiger was not responsible for all 50,000, he's responsible for a lot of it. We're thrilled to have Rory (McIlroy), Lee (Westwood), Charl (Schwartzel), and now we're going to have Tiger going up against all of them."

Woods, a Jupiter Island resident, played in the event for the first time in 2012 and finished second after firing a final-round 62, the best finishing round of his career. His presence boosted interest in the event to unprecedented levels, and while he has been quiet on the subject, it has long been expected he would return.

Officially, Woods has made no announcement on his schedule this season beyond the Honda and the four majors, the first of which is the Masters in early April. The only PGA Tour event he has played so far was at Torrey Pines in Southern California, a tournament he won.

McIlroy, the world's No. 1 player, won last year's Honda and has since moved to Palm Beach Gardens and become a member at The Bear's Club in Jupiter. McIlroy has committed to return, as have defending British Open champion Ernie Els and Lee Westwood. A more complete list of entrants is expected to be announced today.

Source: (c)2013 The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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