February 27 2012
• Poised to make his first start at The Honda Classic as a professional, 14-time major championship winner Tiger Woods will begin the Florida Swing at PGA National, where he will be seeking his first official PGA TOUR win since the 2009 BMW Championship.
In 1993, Woods played The Honda Classic as an amateur at Weston Hills, where a 72-78 resulted in a missed cut. The Honda Classic is the second of three consecutive starts on TOUR for Woods in 2012. The stretch began with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship and ends with the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship. Woods has not competed in three consecutive events on TOUR since the first three events of the 2010 PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, The Barclays (T12), Deutsche Bank Championship (T11) and BMW Championship (T15).
Woods, a 71-time winner on TOUR, has amassed 12 career TOUR victories in the state of Florida.
This week's field at The Honda Classic includes:
• 15 of the top 30 in the current FedExCup standings,
including Nos. 1-2 (Kyle Stanley-Johnson Wagner).
• All four major winners from 2011: Charl Schwartzel (Masters), Rory McIlroy (U.S. Open), Darren Clarke (British Open) and Keegan Bradley (PGA Championship).
• 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III will make his 18th career start at The Honda Classic. He has collected five top-10 finishes in the event.
• Hank Kuehne will make his first PGA TOUR start since 2007 at the 2012 Honda Classic. The Palm Beach Gardens resident has been out of commission with a lingering back injury and will be playing out of the Major Medical Extension category. He will have 18 events to earn $636,221 in order to retain his status for the remainder of the season.
• Past Honda Classic champions: Rory Sabbatini (2011), Camilo Villegas (2010), Y.E. Yang (2009), Ernie Els (2008), Mark Wilson (2007), Padraig Harrington (2005), Justin Leonard (2003), Vijay Singh (1999), Mark Calcavecchia (1998, 1987), Stuart Appleby (1997), Tim Herron (1996).
• Notables from the Nationwide Tour in The Honda Classic field include two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton, as well as Billy Hurley III, who recently completed his military obligation after his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy.