Woods to play at Valspar Championship, Arnold Palmer Invitational

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Woods finished in 12th place in the Honda Classic at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Florida in February, in what was only his third PGA Tour start since his comeback after spine surgery.

Woods' announcement, made Friday on his Twitter account, is the most recent sign the 42-year-old's latest return from injury is progressing better than many of his previous attempts.

The commitment to the Arnold Palmer Invitational, meanwhile, was expected, given that he's won eight times in 17 starts at Bay Hill.

The four-time Masters victor announced Friday that before he heads to Magnolia Lane he will start two PGA Tour events - next week's Valspar Championship, which he has never played, and the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he owns eight of his 79 tour victories. He also missed the cut last month at Riviera.

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However as Woods has not qualified for this current week's WGC - Mexico Championship or the March 15th WGC - Dell Technology Match-Play Championship in Austin, Texas it has limited where he can play hence entering the Valspar. It was another strong signal about the health of his surgically fused lower back, giving him four tournaments in five weeks.

"I need to keep building on it", Woods said. "Keep building my body, keep building towards April". It will be his first start in the event since 2013. That was the goal when I first came back.

If Tiger Woods continues to play well then he will be in the mix to win the first golf major of the year, according to experts. He already had been set to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational leading to the Masters.

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