Tiger Woods to play in Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor

Tiger Woods casting a shadow larger than ever

Tiger Woods casting a shadow larger than ever

Tiger Woods announced Friday morning that he is committed to play in next week's Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill later this month.

Woods 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.

The PGA saw its highest rating of the season with Tiger playing on the weekend and saw a almost 40 per cent jump in TV viewership from last year's Honda Classic when the colourful and popular American Rickie Fowler was on the leaderboard.

The commitment to Valspar, which is held in Palm Harbor, Florida, is somewhat surprising given that Woods, 42, has never played the event before.

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.

Tiger Woods hopes to get 144 more tournament holes in before Augusta.

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Woods tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines, took two weeks off and then missed the cut at Riviera and finished 12th last week at the Honda Classic.

Adam Hadwin is the defending champion at the Valspar Championship, which will be held March 8-11 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook.

In addition to his four Masters titles, Woods has won the PGA Championship four times, the U.S. Open three times and the British Open three times.

"It means keep building my body, keep building towards April".

Tiger Woods showed some promising signs at the Honda Classic.

"I feel like I've really hit the ball well", Woods said after the Honda Classic. That was the goal when I first came back.

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