Tiger Woods to play Valspar, Arnold Palmer in back-to-back weeks


It appeared Randolph, the 266th-ranked player in the world, would have had a place in next week's Valspar Championship, but a Friday morning decision by Woods meant Randolph's spot was no more.

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 lines up his putt on the 2nd green during the final round of The Honda Classic golf tournament at PGA National (Champion).

Woods' appearance now at both the Valspar and Bay Hill is sure to send spectator numbers soaring as was the case in all three events he's contested this year on the PGA Tour.

Woods finished in a tie for 23rd in the Farmers Insurance Open and missed the cut in the Genesis Open in his two other events this year.

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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. 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. "It's probably a tie between his club head speed and his ability to get the ball up and down again that surprise me the most". "I'm starting to get into it quicker, feel the pace, feel the shots and get a better sense of it". I really hit it well and I was able to control, especially in this wind.

►Make it easy to keep up-to-date with more stories like this. That was the goal when I first came back. You've got to deal with swirling winds, elevation changes.

The Valspar event also has commitments reigning Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose. He already had been set to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational leading to the Masters.