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Woods adds three PGA Tour events to Masters buildup

Golfer Tiger Woods hits his second shot off the 17th fairway during final round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California
Golfer Tiger Woods hits his second shot off the 17th fairway during final round play at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego, California

(Reuters) - Tiger Woods will play in three consecutive PGA Tour events, starting with next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona, as part of his build-up to the Masters, the year's first major.

The American world number two will also compete at the February 28-March 3 Honda Classic, which is staged close to his home in Florida, and then the March 7-10 WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral, he said on his official website.

Woods enjoys a good track record in both World Golf Championships (WGC) events, having won the Match Play three times and the Cadillac Championship on six occasions.

He tied for second in last year's Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, two shots behind Rory McIlroy, after closing with a sizzling eight-under par 62.

"I'm excited to be playing in the Honda Classic again," Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter Island, said in a statement. "It's a really good tournament, and it does a lot for the community.

"I like the golf course, and I came pretty close last year. It's part of a busy stretch for me, and I want to continue playing well."

Former world number one Woods has not played on the PGA Tour since he clinched his 75th title on the U.S. circuit by four strokes at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego three weeks ago.

The 2013 Masters will be played from April 11-14 at Augusta National where Woods is a four-times champion.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Pacific Palisades, California; Editing by Gene Cherry)

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