Woods adds Valspar tourney near Tampa to his road to Masters

Posted March 04, 2018

The former world No. 1, who has played three official events since returning this year after spinal fusion surgery last April, said on Twitter on Friday that he will be at next week's Valspar Championship followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"He's close to winning a golf tournament", said former PGA Tour victor and Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee. Both events are near his home in Florida with the Valspar taking place at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor and the Arnold Palmer, which Woods has won eight times, being hosted at Bay Hill in Orlando.

Tiger had limited options for pre-Masters events because he is ineligible for the World Golf Chanmpionships tournaments this week in Mexico and the Match Play later this month.

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Woods has made three starts in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season, including a tie for 12th in his last start at The Honda Classic. He missed the cut at Riviera, where he never won even at his best.

"I need to keep playing tournament golf, but I need to keep building on it", he added.

"I don't think he's all the way there and all the way back".

Feherty, now a Golf Channel analyst, has assessed the American's recent form, posture, and swing, and believes the 42-year-old has rediscovered his swagger.

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Though it will also be Woods first appearance in "Arnie's event" since winning for an eighth time in 2013. "I told you guys at Torrey, try and get everything situated for April and I feel like I'm right on track for that".

"I feel like I've really hit the ball well", Woods said after the Honda Classic.

Other marquee names in the Valspar field include Jordan Spieth and Sergio Garcia, while one would-be alternate won't be around for the festivities.

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