Tiger Woods makes exciting announcement ahead of The Masters

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.

Former PGA Tour golfer David Feherty has known Woods for decades and says the American has rediscovered his swagger. He has not competed at Bay Hill since he won in 2013 due to four back surgeries that kept him out of the event.

The road to the Masters Tournament will include a stop in the Tampa Bay area for 14-time major champion Tiger Woods.

Since returning from his most recent back surgery, Woods tied for ninth at the 18-player Hero World Challenge in December in the Bahamas, tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines in January, missed the cut at Riviera and finished 12th last week at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens.

The commitment to Valspar, held in Florida, is somewhat surprising given that Woods, 42, has never played in the event before.

Woods tweeted his intentions saying simply: "After a good recovery week I'm committing to play in the @ValsparChamp and @APinv next two weeks". While he will make his Valspar debut, he did play the Innisbrook course in a team event in 1996.

It was Woods' best finish since a tie for 10th at the 2015 Wyndham Championship.

Woods recorded excellent swing speed off the tee, hit the greens in regulation in a majority of the holes in the final round, and recorded a 361-yard drive at the Honda Classic. He has won the major four times.

Sharma, who entered the week ranked first on the European Tour after early-season victories in South Africa and Malaysia, said: "I've definitely proven to myself I belong here and I can play with the big boys". Each and every time I've come out to tournaments, I'm getting the feel of the round faster.

  • David Armstrong