Tiger-Westwood-Poulter among Honda Classic groups

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February 29, 2012
Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Tiger Woods is playing in The Honda Classic for the first time in his career -- the last time he was here was in 1993 when he missed the cut as an amateur at Weston Hills about 45 minutes south of here.

Tee times
Tee times for Tiger Woods-Lee Westwood-Ian Poulter are below. Click here for all tee times.

Woods, like another member of his group here, Ian Poulter, is coming off an early exit at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Woods lost in the second round, while Poulter was eliminated in the first.

The third member of the group, Lee Westwood, of course went all the way to the consolation finals before falling.

"Not tired at all," said Westwood, who is making his fourth appearance here. His best finish was a tie for ninth in 2010.

"Obviously now what a physical specimen I am," Westwood joked. "I can play a lot of golf in a row."

For Woods, this is his third start on the PGA TOUR this season with a tie for 15th at Pebble Beach is best result.

While this is the first time Woods and Westwood, who had a chance to meet last week in Arizona before Woods was eliminated, are playing together this season, they have played together plenty before.

It's a position that Westwood said he quite enjoys.

Woods-Westwood-Poulter tee times
Tee times for first two rounds for Tiger Woods/Lee Westwood/Ian Poulter.
Round 1
12:30 p.m. ET
No. 1 tee
Round 2
7:30 a.m. ET
No. 10 tee
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Lee Westwood hasn't paid a lot of attention to rivalries, but he admits that one has developed with world No. 2 Rory McIlroy. The two battled in the semifinals last week at the Accenture Match Play Championship. "If i am going to have a rivalry, I'd like for it to be with Rory," he said Tuesday at The Honda Classic. Interview
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STANLEY-BRADLEY-McILROY
7:30 a.m. ET No. 10, 12:30 p.m. ET No. 1
Three of the best players in the world under the age of 30, and all three bomb the ball. McIlroy is coming off a runner-up at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

WILSON-SABBATINI-VILLEGAS
7:40 a.m. ET No. 10, 12:40 p.m. ET No. 1
These three players won at PGA National in 2007, 2011 and 2010, respectively. Villegas and Wilson squared off in a four-man playoff (with Boo Weekley and Jose Conceres) on a steamy Monday in 2007, which Wilson won.

FURYK-YANG-STENSON
7:20 a.m. ET No. 1, 12:20 p.m. ET No. 10
Yang has owned PGA National in recent years with a win in 2009 and a second-place finish last year. Furyk is coming off a first-round exit in Arizona with his best result this year a tie for 11th in L.A.

SCHWARTZEL-HUH-ELS
12:40 p.m. ET No. 1, 7:40 a.m. ET No. 10
The PGA TOURs newest winner (Huh) immediately graduates to an A-list tee time with a pair of major champions.

"I'm looking forward to it," Westwood said. "It will be a great atmosphere out there. I get on really well with Ian, and I get on well with Tiger."

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