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SportTiger Woods officially commits to WGC-Match Play as final Masters tuneup

03:50  19 march  2019
03:50  19 march  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

Woods will play WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship

Woods will play WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship Tiger Woods confirmed his plans to tee it up in the Match Play later this month, lending clarity to lingering questions about how he will conclude his Masters prep. Woods tied for second last year in his debut appearance at the Valspar Championship, but he was not a part of the published field for next week’s event in Tampa when it was released Friday afternoon. That left all signs pointing to Austin, as Woods’ world ranking (11th) is easily high enough to qualify him for the 64-man field.

Tiger Woods officially commits to WGC-Match Play as final Masters tuneup© Getty Images Tiger Woods Tiger Woods' schedule firmed up as expected Monday when the WGC-Match Play announced that he will play the event March 27-31.

It marks the first time that Woods will play the round-robin format (as opposed the previous single-elimination format), and he has never played the Austin Country Club course where the event is contested now.

Woods, who is coming off a T-30 at The Players Championship over the weekend, told reporters he has no qualms about the amount of golf he's playing, given a recent neck problem as well as his well-documented return from multiple back surgeries.

Tiger Woods defeats Aaron Wise 3&1 to open WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play

Tiger Woods defeats Aaron Wise 3&1 to open WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Tiger Woods defeated Aaron Wise 3&1 on the 17th hole to open the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play with a win.

He'll sit out this week's Valspar Championship near Tampa and is eager to try and advance out of the round-robin next week in Austin.

"I'm hoping that I can play all the matches," Woods said Sunday at The Players. "That would be great, I'm guaranteed to play three instead of — when I played it was only one guaranteed, so that's kind of nice knowing that I'll be able to get at least three good rounds in, possibly more if I play well, and that's basically like a tournament."

He then will skip the Texas Open (April 4-7) the week ahead of the Masters, the year's first major.

Following his final-round 69 Sunday at TPC Sawgrass, Woods said his preparation for Augusta is going as planned.

“It’s right on track. I feel like I’m able to start — I’m able to shape the golf ball both ways, which I’m going to need there. Just need a few more putts to go in, but that’s about it.”

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