Tiger Woods makes exciting announcement ahead of The Masters

Tiger Woods&apos Masters odds skyrocket after Honda Classic now among Augusta National favorites

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.

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It will be the first time Woods has played the Valspar tournament, but it looks like Tiger is serious about getting himself properly ready for another Masters challenge. "The more I play tournament golf, the better I'll get".

The decision to play the Valspar and Arnold Palmer events means Woods will play in all three Florida tournaments leading up to the Masters, which will be held April 5-8 at Augusta National.

Tiger Woods may only be three starts into his PGA Tour return but some experts feel the former world number one has shown he still has what it takes to make a meteoric rise up the rankings. During his last start, Woods flashed some form as he gained 4.5 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.4 strokes with the putter. He missed the cut at Riviera, where he never won even at his best.

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"I need to keep building on it", Woods said. That was the goal when I first came back - try and get everything situated for April.

The golf world expected Woods to play Bay Hill, where he has nearly a.500 record in his 17 starts. "And I feel like I'm right on track for that".

The 42-year-old will be making his debut in the Valspar Championships but will hope to recreate old glories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

"I feel like I've really hit the ball well", Woods said after the Honda Classic. Along with Woods, players who also have entered include Rory McIlroy for the first time, Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.



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