Tiger Woods will not contest this week's Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida

  • The 2019 Honda Classic takes place in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida this week
  • Three of the world’s top 10 will contest the first event of the Tour’s Florida Swing
  • Pre-tournament focus has centred on the names missing from the event

Three of the world’s top 10 will contest this week’s Honda Classic, but the pre-tournament focus has centred on the names missing from the first event of the PGA Tour’s Florida Swing.

Local residents Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are among the star names to skip the £5 million tournament, despite previously enjoying success at Palm Beach Gardens, as the effects of changes to the schedule begin to bite.

McIlroy won the event in 2012 to become world No 1 for the first time, holding off a charging Woods who carded a final round of 62 to finish two shots behind.

Tiger Woods will not contest this week's Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida
Tiger Woods will not contest this week’s Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida

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