Tiger, Phil Missing First PGA Stop of '08

31 winners from last year will tee it up in Kapalua this week
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2008 3:14 AM CST
Tiger, Phil Missing First PGA Stop of '08
Zach Johnson, left, receives the Masters green jacket from the 2006 champion Phil Mickelson after winning the 2007 Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., in this April 8, 2007 file photo. Mickelson will skip the Mercedes-Benz Championship to open the 2008 PGA Tour...   (Associated Press)

Not all the stars will be out when the PGA Tour kicks off with the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Kapalua, Hawaii this week. Four winners from last year, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and British Open champion Padraig Harrington are all taking a pass, reports the AP. Among those competing are defending Masters champ Zach Johnson and top rookie Brandt Snedeker.

Also there will be Boo Weekley, whose trip to Hawaii almost didn't happen after he inadvertently left bullets from a hunting trip in his carry-on bag. The security run-in made him miss his connecting flight, which eventually led to a nine-hour delay later in L.A. Said  Weekley: "I just sat there and shook my head like I was an idiot." (More golf stories.)

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