Tiger Woods to play 2-day exhibition

Updated: March 18, 2012, 11:13 AM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

A flare-up of an Achilles injury that caused him to withdraw during the final round of a World Golf Championship event last Sunday won't keep Tiger Woods from playing in a two-day exhibition that begins Monday.

Woods said on his website Friday that after hitting balls for the first time since leaving the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral that he was good to go for the Tavistock Cup on Monday-Tuesday, followed by the Arnold Palmer Invitational Thursday through Sunday.

"Look forward to competing," Woods said.

The Tavistock is a 36-hole, made-for-TV event contested annually in the Orlando area and it is now comprised of teams from four clubs. Woods now represents Albany, a golf course community in the Bahamas. It will be played at Lake Nona Country Club, which also fields a team, along with Isleworth and Queenswoods, a club in the U.K.

Unless he asks for a waiver, Woods would then be expected to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational pro-am Wednesday, followed by the 72-hole tournament. That would mean playing golf for seven straight days.

Woods has won the Palmer event six times and it will be his last competition prior to the Masters, which begin April 5.

"I'm playing very well," he said on his website. "It's all starting to come together."

Woods missed most of four months last summer due to Achilles and knee injuries suffered at the Masters. He attempted to come back at the Players Championship, where he withdrew after nine holes; he later said playing there was a mistake. Woods ended up missing two major championships.

That is why he said in a statement Sunday and in various interviews conducted Thursday as a part of corporate commitments that he wanted to do the "prudent" thing by not pushing through the Achilles problem, which he said first started bothering him while warming up on the driving range. There was fear that the injury would be serious enough to keep him out of next week's events and jeopardize the Masters, which he has won four times.

"I decided to be smart about it and not risk further injury," he said.

Bob Harig | email

Golf Writer, ESPN.com

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