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Phil Mickelson Says He Will Play In This Year's Honda Classic

Phil Mickelson Phil Mickelson acknowledges fans at last week's Phoenix Open. (Getty Images)

Phil Mickelson intends to play in this month's Honda Classic, the first time he's played the Florida swing event since 2002, according to a report in the Palm Beach Post.Honda Classic organizers can thank the spring break schedules of the schools attended by Phil's kids for bringing Mickelson to the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Here's what Phil said:
“My kids are out of school. Both are at different schools, so that’s two different spring breaks the week of Los Angeles and Match Play. Because I am missing L.A. and I like to play that week, I am going to add Honda, which I have not played in quite a few years. But I’m excited to get back there and play this year.”
Mickelson hasn't officially committed yet. But his addition would strengthen an already strong field for the event, which is Feb. 27-March 2. Rory McIlroy has officially committed to play. The 2012 winner also has apologized for walking off the course in the midst of a bad round last year with an apparent toothache. Tiger Woods has not committed to the tournament but has played in the past. You can see the complete Honda Classic field here.Phil tied for 11th at 13 under the last time he played the Honda, which was formerly at the TPC at Heron Bay in Coral Springs. Matt Kuchar shot a final-round 66 to finish 19 under and edge Brad Faxon by two strokes for his first PGA Tour victory. Here's a shot of a young, pre-major championship Phil on that Sunday:
Phil Mickelson Honda Classic Phil Mickelson plays the final round of the 2002 Honda Classic. (Getty Images)

Phil has to be disappointed that he can't make it to Riviera for the Northern Trust Open. Lefty has had success at the Pacific Palisades tract, winning back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 at Hogan's Alley.
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