Fans hoping to catch Tiger Woods in action either of the next two days should be advised to arrive early at the PGA National Champion course.
Woods will be in the first foursome to tee off on No. 1 at 6:45 a.m. in Wednesday’s Kenny G Pro-Am, and will go off the 10th tee at 7:25 a.m. in the first round of the Honda Classic on Thursday.
Woods typically plays early Thursday so he can be part of the late-afternoon TV coverage of PGA Tour events on Friday. He will go off the No. 1 tee at 12:25 p.m. Friday. His playing partners both of the first two days will be Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer.
World No. 1 and defending champion Rory McIlroy will be in the afternoon group Thursday, going off the No. 1 tee at 12:25. His threesome will then tee off at 7:25 a.m. Friday. All three members of his group are former Honda champions, with Mark Wilson (2007) and Ernie Els (2008) rounding out the threesome.
The group teeing off immediately after the McIlroy trio is also intriguing, featuring three part-time Palm Beach County residents with impressive credentials. Headlined by 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley, the threesome that tees off at 12:35 also includes fellow Jupiter resident Rickie Fowler and Palm Beach Gardens’ Lee Westwood.
The group following Woods at 7:35 a.m. also has star power, with defending Doral champion Justin Rose joining 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Russell Henley.
Day withdraws: Australian Jason Day, 11th on the money list this year with just over $1 million earned from four events, withdrew Tuesday and was replaced in the field by Luke List, one of several entrants who qualified via strong finishes on the Web.com Tour last season. Also in is Steven Bowditch, a 29-year-old Aussie who has made two cuts in four events this year, replacing Peter Tomasulo, who dropped out due to illness.