Tiger Woods committed on Friday to play in next week’s Valspar Championship and the following week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The 42-year-old Woods made the announcement via Twitter, adding the Valspar tournament in Palm Harbor, Fla., to his schedule for the first time. The Valspar Championship is played on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Golf Resort near Tampa.
“After a good recovery week I’m committing to play the @ValsparChamp and @APinv next two weeks,” Woods tweeted.
Woods is coming off a 12th-place finish at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., his third official event since returning from spinal fusion surgery last April. The 14-time major champion remained in contention through the majority of the tournament with the type of steady play that has eluded him for several years. He finished at an even-par 280 and was third in driving distance with an average 319.1 yards.
It was Woods’ best finish since a tie for 10th at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.
Woods’ next two starts likely will be his last prior to the Masters, which will be April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club. He has won the major four times.
“I’ve been away from tournament golf for so long that I’m starting to feel the rounds,” Woods said Sunday following the Honda Classic. “I’m starting to get into it quicker, feel the pace, feel the shots and get a better sense of it. The more I play tournament golf, the better I’ll get.”
Woods finished in a tie for 23rd in the Farmers Insurance Open and missed the cut in the Genesis Open in his two other events this year.
Woods was expected to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won eight times. He has not competed at Bay Hill since he won in 2013 due to four back surgeries that kept him out of the event.
–Field Level Media