Tiger Woods, Honda Classic 2013: Tiger will be back for 2013 Honda Classic at PGA National

Confirmed in 11 a.m. press conference

 PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- "He's back."

That's how Honda Classic officials announced Tiger Woods' return to the Honda Classic at PGA National.

The number two-ranked PGA  golfer's return was officially announced Tuesday at 11 a.m.

ESPN 760 confirmed the details Monday evening.

Woods competed in 2012 as well. He says he likes playing in his "backyard" since he lives close-by in Jupiter.

Business owners say they like when he competes as well, because it brings a lot of money to the area.

According to tournament directors, 30% more people came to last year's Classic compared to the year before.

They add that's more than any other year.

The crowds also helped pump more than $30 million into the community.

Woods is just one of many others competing. Defending champion, number one-ranked Rory McIlroy confirmed he will be playing in the Classic as well.

Kenny G is also confirmed to be performing in this year's Honda Classic.

Honda Classic officials also announced that more than 25,000 square-feet of new decking and flooring for additional spectators will be added for this year's competition.  Space for an additional 700 spectators at the "Bear Trap", a challenging portion of the course, is being added this year.

Joe Geraci is preparing to volunteer at the tournament leaderboard.

"My friends asked me if I know anything about golf and I said I know about numbers so I can put up numbers," he laughed.

Mimi Aloia has been  snowbird to her home in PGA for twenty-one years.  She makes sure guests who don't like golf don't come to her house that week because she walks the course.

"I think it's good of course I'm a little selfish and it gets awfully crowded here," she laughed.

The Honda Classic starts on February 25. You can watch it on NewsChannel 5.

The wptv.com web team contributed to this report.
 

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