Tiger Woods to play Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational

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It has become clear that many players on the PGA Tour are pulling for Tiger Woods on this most recent comeback. He finished second in the tournament with Kelli Kuehne, an amateur at the time who needed a special waiver to be allowed to play that year. He also said he will play the following week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Tiger Woods is adding another tournament to his schedule on his road to the Masters.

Tiger Woods has confirmed via Twitter that he will play in two imminent events - the Valspar Championship and the Arnold Palmer Invitational - as he prepares for another Masters challenge. It was another strong signal about the health of his surgically fused lower back, giving him four tournaments in five weeks. There was a good feeling about this return from the start, and Woods continues to deliver.

The commitment to Valspar, which is held in Palm Harbor, Florida, is somewhat surprising given that Woods, 42, has never played the event before. Three months after he turned pro in 1996, Woods paired with Kelli Kuehne in the now-defunct JC Penney Mixed-Team Classic. Defending Masters champion Sergio Garcia is back for the first time since 2013. It also assures him of at least four competitive rounds and as many as eight before he plays the Masters next month for the first time since 2015.

Finishing 12th at the Honda Classic was a serious achievement in itself and some of the stats that Woods was posting were simply not right for someone that suffered enough serious injuries that he should be retired.

Sharma, who entered the week ranked first on the European Tour after early-season victories in South Africa and Malaysia, said: "I've definitely proven to myself I belong here and I can play with the big boys".

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