Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Updated: February 16, 8:35 AM ET
Tiger Woods adds Honda Classic
By Bob Harig
Tiger Woods made good on his promise to add a new event to his schedule, committing to next month's Honda Classic in South Florida.
Woods announced on his website Tuesday that he would embark on a three-tournament stretch beginning with next week's WGC-Match Play Championship, followed by the Honda Classic (March 1-4) and the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral (March 8-11).
"I have heard great things about the Honda Classic," Woods said in a prepared statement. "Jack Nicklaus' involvement in the tournament and the benefits in the local community are also important."
The World Golf Championship events are constants on his schedule, but Woods has never played the Honda Classic as a pro. His only appearance in the event came as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993, when he missed the cut. The tournament was then played at Weston Hills in Weston, Fla.
The Honda is now played at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., which is a few miles from Woods' new home in Jupiter Island. Rory Sabbatini is the defending champion.
Woods is coming off a disappointing tie for 15th at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where on Sunday he shot a 75 in the final round to finish 9 strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson. Woods opened his season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, where he tied for third.
Bob Harig is a senior golf writer for ESPN.com.