Stanley, Mickelson eager to play
Holmes is making his second start since having brain surgery in September. The 2006 and 2008 Phoenix winner had structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines, shooting 76-69.
“It was great to just get back at it last week. Hopefully, I can improve on that,” Holmes said. “I didn’t play that great, but it was just nice to get back out there and get back in the swing of things.”
DIVOTS: Watson turned heads Wednesday when he pulled into the players’ parking lot behind the wheel of the first “General Lee” from the “The Dukes of Hazzard” TV show. Watson paid $121,000 _ including fees _ for the 1969 Dodge Charger at Barrett-Jackson’s recent Scottsdale auction. “Lee 01” jumped over a police car in the series’ first episode. … Fred Couples, in the field on a sponsor exemption, withdrew Wednesday because of illness. He was replaced by Ken Duke. … Nick Watney withdrew Tuesday, also because of illness. He was replaced by Jarrod Lyle. … Three-time winner Mark Calcavecchia, rookie Harris English and former Arizona State players Jeff Quinney and Matt Jones also received sponsor exemptions. … Hunter Mahan, the 2010 winner, is skipping the tournament to play in the Qatar Masters.