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Tiger Woods to play for ninth Arnold Palmer Invitational win
March 24 2018, 07:49 | Irvin Gilbert
Tiger Woods casting a shadow larger than ever
By contrast, Woods is an eight-time victor of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, most recently in 2013.
Woods will be making his debut in the Valspar Championship.
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.
Last week's performance by Woods was so encouraging that his odds to win the April 5-8 Masters dropped to 16-1, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook. He missed the cut the next time out after a second-round 76 at the Genesis Open at Riviera.
Woods noted after the Honda Classic that he needs to get stronger and sharper before driving down Magnolia Lane.
Woods has made three starts in the 2017-18 PGA TOUR season, including a tie for 12th in his last start at The Honda Classic. "I just need to keep feeling good". It was another strong signal about the health of his surgically fused lower back, giving him four tournaments in five weeks. I really hit it well and I was able to control, especially in this wind.
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At the time Woods said that he felt instant relief and that he wasn't done competing or winning.
"It means keep building my body, keep building towards April". That was the goal when I first came back. "I'm starting to get into it quicker, feel the pace, feel the shots and get a better sense of it".
The Valspar Championships suddenly has a fairly loaded field with names like Justin Rose, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen, Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson in addition to Woods. He already had been set to play the Arnold Palmer Invitational leading to the Masters.