Tiger can be a threat again: golf experts

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Tiger can be a threat again: golf experts

Woods is making a comeback after back surgery that has seen him finish 12th in last month's Honda Classic, 23rd at Torrey Pines in January and ninth in his return at the Hero World Challenge last December.

Woods decided Friday to play in the Valspar Championship next week at Innisbrook, along with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill the following week.

Tiger Woods' return to golf has been a positive one with the 14-time major victor recently earning his first top-15 finish since 2015.

The Valspar Championship is set for March 8-11 at the Innisbrook-Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Woods underwent further back surgery in 2017 and only returned from a year away from the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. For the sake of comparison, in his last two truly healthy years (2012-13) Woods also played five tournaments prior to the Masters. Tiger Woods has confirmed when he will next tee it up on the PGA Tour.

Woods' body is strong and his golf generally has been solid during three starts this season.

Woods has said he needs more "tournament reps" to be ready for the Masters but eligibility issues will limit the number of events he can play between now and April. "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". That was the goal when I first came back.

It was long expected that Woods would play the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has not competed since the last of his eight victories at Bay Hill in 2013.

By contrast, Woods is an eight-time victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, most recently in 2013.

The 14-time Major champion is ineligible for the World Golf Championships (WGC) tournaments this week in Mexico or the Match Play later this month as they consist of the world's top 64 players.

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