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Brent Kelley

Woods, McIlroy, Mickelson Take to the Fairways This Week

By January 14, 2013

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The three biggest stars in golf - Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson - all begin their 2013 seasons this week, but split among two tours. Woods and McIlroy are playing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship; Mickelson tees it up at the PGA Tour's Humana Challenge (formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic).

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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