Tiger Woods announced he would play the Honda Classic (March 1-March 4) in a statement on his website. It will be the first time he's played the event at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The announcement means that Woods will have a busier-than-normal early season. His next tournament is the Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson (Feb. 22-Feb. 26). Woods also announced that he will be playing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami the week after the Honda Classic, meaning he will play for three consecutive weeks.
"I'm excited about my start and look forward to keep building," Woods said in a written statement. "I've made great strides from last year and hopefully all my hard work will pay off with a victory soon."
Woods is also expected to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando's Bay Hill, which begins March 22. If he doesn't add any more events, Bay Hill will be Woods's final appearance before the Masters, which begins April 5.
The Honda Classic will be a home game for Woods, who recently moved to the Palm Beach area. It is known as one of the toughest events on the PGA Tour, and had the highest scoring average of any non-major PGA Tour event last year.
"I've heard great things about the Honda Classic, and now that I live here, I want to play whenever possible," Woods said. "Jack's [Nicklaus] involvement in the tournament and the benefits to the local community are also important."
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