Mickelson is a 2-time winner of the Humana, and this is the second year in a row that he begins his season at this event. The Humana has a pretty good field in 2013, one that includes Zach Johnson, Webb Simpson, David Toms, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar. Ryo Ishikawa also debuts this week as a full PGA Tour member. And the Sony Open's record-setting rookie winner, Russell Henley, is playing.
Woods and McIlroy could steal the spotlight for Abu Dhabi, though, if either - and particularly if both - of them is in the hunt for the title. McIlroy was runner-up last year to Robert Rock, and Woods finished third after entering the final round as the co-leader.
Others in the field, as the European Tour kicks off its Desert Swing, include Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington, Justin Rose, Martin Kaymer and Matteo Manassero.
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