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Tiger Woods skipping out on Honda Classic for second straight year

The hometown crowd will once again miss out on Tiger Woods.

The 44-year-old golfer will skip the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens for the second straight year.

Woods — who lives in Jupiter Island about 15 miles from PGA National Resort and Spa where the Honda Classic is played — skipped the WGC-Mexico championship this week after having cited a “stiff back” after a miserable third round at the Genesis Invitational.

“The idea is to peak around Augusta time,’’ Woods said last week. “I just felt I wasn’t going to be ready for next week, [I am] a little rundown and playing at altitude as well isn’t going to help that, so take the week off.’’

While the Masters is still weeks off — April 9-12 — Woods could return to PGA Tour play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational or The Players Championship.

Woods currently has 82 wins on the Tour, tied for the most in history with Sam Snead, while chasing Jack Nicklaus’ career mark of 18 Grand Slam victories.