Tiger Woods is returning to the Honda Classic for the first time since he was an amateur.
Woods announced on his Web site Tuesday that he would play the Match Play Championship next week in Arizona, followed by the Honda Classic and the Cadillac Championship at Doral.
The Honda Classic is March 1-4 at PGA National.
HELLO MY NAME IS: Adam Scott was on the range at Riviera on Tuesday and had every reason to feel like a stranger. He is the only player from the top 10 in the world who has yet to play a tournament this year.
“I may have to introduce myself to a fair bit of people,” Scott said.
Waiting until the Northern Trust Open to begin his 2012 season was only partially by design. Scott had planned to be at Kapalua for the PGA Tour opener, but he had his tonsils taken out in December. He said the recovery time for an adult is about three weeks.
NO RESPECT: Riviera is getting a reputation of not showing much respect to its past champions.
Players were stunned last week to learn that the Northern Trust Open rejected Mike Weir’s request for a sponsor’s exemption. Not only is Weir a former Masters Tournament champion, he won back-to-back in Riviera in 2003-04. The exemptions instead went to Fred Couples, K.T. Kim, Jason Gore, UCLA sophomore Patrick Cantlay and Texas freshman Jordan Spieth.