Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy Headline 2013 Honda Classic Tournament

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIFebruary 12, 2013

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 17:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland (L) and Tiger Woods of the USA walk up the fairway on the tenth hole during the first round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at Abu Dhabi Golf Club on January 17, 2013 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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The PGA Tour's 2013 Honda Classic will be headlined by defending champion Rory McIlroy—and now too by Tiger Woods, who reportedly committed to entering the field on Tuesday. 

CBS 12 sports director Pat Murphy tweeted out the breaking news:

Pat Murphy @MurphSports

Tiger Woods will play in the Honda Classic. I will have details at noon and 6.

Last year's tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. was the site of McIlroy clinching the No. 1 ranking in the world with a stunning two-shot victory.

Woods charged up the leaderboard and posted a scintillating final round of eight-under 62. But McIlroy made a slew of clutch putts down the stretch to emerge as the winner. Now, the top two players in the game are slated to return, which should not only be huge for the tournament but also for Nike, who McIlroy signed a lucrative contract with in the brief offseason.

The Honda Classic will take place from Feb. 28 to March 4 at the PGA National Champion Course.

As Kyle Porter of CBS' Eye on Golf points out, McIlroy and Woods join a star-studded lineup for the Honda Classic, which also features Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.

This will be the first PGA Tour stroke play event for both players, as McIlroy will make his debut in the States at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.

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The only other tournament McIlroy and Woods played together this season was the European Tour's opening event in Abu Dhabi. They were paired together for the first two days, but tough conditions and early rust forced each to miss the cut.

If the 2012 event is any indication, this should be another thriller.


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