PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL -- Sergio Garcia, fresh off a wire-to-wire victory at the Dubai Desert Classic that has catapulted him to No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking, has committed to play in the 2017 Honda Classic, a PGA TOUR event that will be contested February 20-26 at PGA National Resort & Spa.
Garcia, a Spaniard, joins a growing International field that includes defending champion and Aussie Adam Scott (7), Englishmen Justin Rose (12), Paul Casey (16), Tyrell Hatton (19), Luke Donald (97), Ian Poulter, Matthew Fitzpatrick (29) and reigning Masters champion Danny Willett (15), Scotland's Russell Knox (18), Belgian Thomas Pieters (50), South Africans Ernie Els, Branden Grace (17), Louis Oosthuizen (24) and Retief Goosen, Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello (25), Argentine Emiliano Grillo (28), Italy's Francesco Molinari (31), Germany's Martin Kaymer (49), Irishmen Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell (87), South Korean Byeong Hun An (40) and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa.
The American contingent of early commitments is headed by Tiger Woods, eighth-ranked Justin Thomas, one of the hottest players in the world with back-to-back PGA TOUR victories in Hawaii last month, Palm Beach products Brooks Koepka (20) and Daniel Berger (33) and Zach Johnson (37).
Several former Honda champions will also play including Russell Henley (2014), Camilo Villegas (2010), Mark Wilson (2007), and Michael Thompson (2013).
Players have until 5 p.m. on February 17 to commit to the tournament.
Garcia led in Dubai from start to finish to claim his 12th European Tour title. He finished three shots better than Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson, sealing the victory with a shot to two feet at the 14th hole just after Stenson had cut his lead to two.
It was Garcia's 27th victory worldwide. His previous win on the European Tour also came in the desert in Qatar in 2014, and he recently won on the Asian Tour in Vietnam in 2015 and the AT&T Byron Nelson on the PGA Tour last season. He has won nine times on the PGA TOUR.
Garcia almost won at The Honda Classic in 2016. He dueled with eventual winner Adam Scott the entire final round and finished second largely due to a missed short putt at the 11th hole.
"I hung in there as long as I could," Garcia said. "The course was playing tough, different wind, which makes it very challenging. Just a couple bad shots on a couple difficult holes, but Adam played great. I don't want to take anything away from him. He played really, really solid. I played with him the last two days, and he looked awesome. Without feeling like I was swinging that great, I still managed to have a chance, so I was happy with that."
Grounds tickets, Bear Trap tickets and other hospitality tickets and packages for the 2017 Honda Classic are on sale HERE or by calling 1-844-8Honda8 (844-846-6328).