Woods adds Valspar tourney near Tampa to his road to Masters

Woods adds Valspar tourney near Tampa to his road to Masters

Tiger Woods will continue his preparation for the Masters by taking part in the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational this month.

Woods, 42, showed more than a few glimpses of his vintage best at last week's Honda Classic where, despite playing on one of the most hard courses on the PGA Tour, he entered the weekend only four shots off the lead.

The 42-year-old American will play in next week's Valspar Championship near Tampa and the following week's Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

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It will be the first time that Woods has competed at the Valspar Championship, but he boasts a successful record at the Arnold Palmer after winning it on eight occasions.

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.

"Tiger Woods is playing better than I ever thought I'd see him play again", Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee said during a Thursday conference call. He missed the cut the next time out after a second-round 76 at the Genesis Open at Riviera.

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Woods' next two starts likely will be his last prior to the Masters, which will be April 5-8 at Augusta National Golf Club.

However, Woods showed significant improvement as he finished 12th at the Honda Classic on Sunday. That was the goal when I first came back.

Woods, who is ranked 389th in the world rankings, has said he needs more "tournament reps" to be ready for the Masters but eligibility issues will limit the number of events he can play between now and April.

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