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Adam Scott to defend Honda Classic title; Olazabal commits to play in Allianz Championship

Adam Scott to defend Honda Classic title; Olazabal commits to play in Allianz Championship
Adam Scott of Australia plays a shot during the final round of the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines, Gold Coast on December 4, 2016. (PATRICK HAMILTON / AFP/Getty Images)

Honda Classic defending champion Adam Scott has committed to playing in this year's tournament, which is Feb. 23-26 on the Champion course at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.

Ranked seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking, Scott joins a field that includes Tiger Woods, Masters champion Danny Willett, Paul Casey, Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka, Zach Johnson and two-time Honda champion Padraig Harrington (2005 and 2015).

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Also playing are past Honda winners Russell Henley, Luke Donald, Rory Sabbatini and Stuart Appleby, plus major champions Stewart Cink, Jason Dufner, Retief Goosen and Graeme McDowell.

Scott won last year's tournament by one shot over Sergio Garcia with a final-round 70 for a four-round total of 9-under-par 271. He followed his Honda win with a victory the following week in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral, which is no longer being played. And he did it using a short putter after years of using an anchored long putter.

Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the Honda Classic are available at thehondaclassic.com or by calling 844-846-6328.

Olazabal to play Allianz

World Golf Hall of Famer Jose Maria Olazabal will make his PGA Tour Champions debut at the Allianz Championship Feb. 10-12 at the Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton.

Olazabal, who turned 50 on Feb. 5, 2016, but has not yet played a senior event, will be joined by fellow Spaniard Angel Miguel Jimenez.

The 53-year-old Jimenez has played in 21 Champions events over the previous three years and has three wins, four seconds and 14 top-10s and earned nearly $2.5 million. This will be the first time Jimenez plays the Allianz.

For tournament information, premium ticket packages or corporate sponsorships, call 561-241-GOLF or visit allianzchampionship.com.

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