Woods ready for Valspar test

08 March 2018 05:08:52 EST

Tiger Woods will continue his build-up towards next month's Masters by teeing it up in the Valspar Championship in Florida for the first time.

Woods has shown some hugely encouraging signs since his comeback from a lengthy injury and heads to the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort on the back of a tied 12th placed-finish at the Honda Classic on his latest start.

Tiger ranked 10th for greens in regulation there and his iron play looked much stronger after he'd missed the cut at Riviera and finished tied 23rd at Torrey Pines in his first two tournaments of 2018.

Speaking about his promising start to the season, Woods said: "I think I've come around very quickly. I've only played ten rounds. So, I know people are saying that I've been, you know, erratic, little inconsistent but ten rounds, it's not that many.

"I looked up some of my stats last night, I wanted to see how I ranked. I'm not even on the rankings. I haven't played enough rounds. Okay. That's basically how my comeback has been so far this year. I haven't played a lot."

As for the Copperhead Course, Woods said after playing a practice round: "It's a great test. Tough to chip the golf ball both ways. With this wind blowing it's going to put a premium on really hitting it flush.

"It was a bit tough out there. Wind is blowing, swirling a little bit inside the trees and it was tough and plus it will be blustery again tomorrow but cooler and so it's going to be tough.

"It's very tricky off the tee and funny that I have been able to shape it. I got to hit highs and lows, draws and cuts. It's a test."

Woods will be paired with Henrik Stenson and Jordan Spieth over the first two rounds, the trio heading out at 17:46 UK time.

Woods is 5/2 to win that 3-ball, with Spieth 6/5 and Stenson 7/4.

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