Tiger Woods adds two events to schedule ahead of the Masters

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Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has confirmed that he will tee it up in both the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Valspar Championship as his Augusta preparations continue.

The 14-time major champion is not in action this week having failed to qualify for the WGC-Mexico Championship, but having recovered well from an encouraging 12th place in the Honda Classic will play twice more before the season's first major.

Woods has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational a total of eight times, making it his most rewarding event on the PGA Tour. All eight victories have come at Bay Hill, adopted home of the late Palmer, who died in September 2016.

First, though, he'll make his debut appearance in the Valspar Championship, an event also played in Florida at the Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course and beginning next Thursday.

Woods would typically have felt that playing here would mean adding one too many appearances to his pre-Masters diary, but as he is no longer in the two World Golf Championship events which precede Augusta has chosen to make a first trip to Copperhead, where two of the last three winners are Masters champions.

Woods is 6/4 to win a PGA Tour event this season with Sky Bet, who offer 1/2 that he does not and 11/2 that he wins two or more.

He is 20/1 for the Masters, just a shade bigger than Justin Thomas, the world number three who has won seven times in his last 32 events, an indication of how the bookmakers fear a Woods liability as his form begins to show signs of improvement.

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