Tiger Woods to Play Honda Classic in Florida for First Time in Pro Career

Tiger Woods will play at the U.S. PGA Tour’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for the first time in his professional golf career.

The competition at the PGA National Champion Course on March 1-4 would be the middle event of three straight weeks of tournament play for Woods. It would be the first time he played three consecutive PGA Tour events since the summer of 2009. The Honda Classic is staged about 20 miles from his new home in Jupiter Island, Florida.

Woods, 36, faded to a 15th-place finish at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California two days ago and is still seeking his first full-field U.S. PGA Tour win since September 2009. He tied for third in his season-opening event in Abu Dhabi after entering the final round tied for the lead with winner Robert Rock.

“I’m excited about my start and look forward to keep building,” Woods said on his website. “I’ve made great strides and hopefully all my hard work will pay off with a victory soon.”

Prior to the Honda Classic, Woods has committed to play in the World Golf Championships-Match Play event in Arizona. He’s also scheduled to play in the World Golf Championship event at Doral Resort in Miami the week after the Honda tournament.

Woods last played in three consecutive events during the 2009 FedEx Cup playoffs when he competed in the Barclays tournament, the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship in consecutive weeks. The BMW tournament marked Woods’s last regular-season win on the U.S. PGA Tour. He ended a 749-day winless drought in December at the Chevron World Challenge an 18-player invitational hosted by Woods.

A 14-time major tournament champion, Woods is four titles shy of tying Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 majors. The Masters Tournament, golf’s first of four majors, is set for Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on April 5-8.

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