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4 PGA Tour stars skip Honda home game

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson – all south Florida residents – are among the key players opting to sit out this week's opener of the Florida Swing in their backyard

Skipped: This week’s PGA Tour Honda Classic, Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson, all of whom live within a short drive of the tournament site at PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. It is the second consecutive year that Woods opted not to play his only home game on the Tour. He is an eight-time former champion at next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, to which he has yet to commit. The Arnie precedes the Players Championship, which is the PGA Tour’s flagship event. Woods also bypassed last week’s WGC Mexico Championship after he endured back stiffness two weeks ago and finished 68th, last among those who made the cut, at the Genesis Invitational. McIlroy, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking, also will miss the Honda for a second consecutive year. He won the 2012 Honda. Thomas, who is No. 4 in the world and the 2018 Honda champion, decided not to play the event for the first time since he joined the Tour in the 2014-15 season. Johnson is No. 5 in the world. The Honda, the first of four events on the Florida Swing, will have No. 2-ranked Brooks Koepka, a lifelong resident of southeast Florida, as the only top-10 player in the field.

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