Honda Classic officials are hoping the tournament's move back to its late February date this season "helps improve the field, which has suffered in recent years, mainly because of the schedule," according to Tom D'Angelo of the PALM BEACH POST. Last year, Honda, which usually kicks off the Florida Swing, was "moved to the third weekend of March" and many of the world's top players "skipped the event because it fell between two World Golf Championship tournaments and one week after The Players Championship." The '21 tournament included "two golfers in the top 20." Big names who call Palm Beach County home have "stayed away in recent years," including Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas. Brooks Koepka is one of the "few top-ranked golfers who make the Honda Classic a regular stop on his schedule," but in '21 he was "forced to withdraw one week before the tournament because of a right knee injury" (PALM BEACH POST, 1/25). Notable early commitments to this year's event include Rickie Fowler, Shane Lowry, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott (SBJ).