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Tiger beefs up schedule ahead of Masters

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Tiger Woods is filling out his schedule on the road to the Masters with a pair of World Golf Championships and his new hometown event.

Woods said on his website on Tuesday that he will play next week in the Match Play Championship in Arizona, the first of three straight tournaments. He will play the next week near his home, at the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens and will play in the Cadillac Championship at Doral.

"I'm excited to be playing in the Honda Classic again," Woods told his website. "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."

He has not played since winning at Torrey Pines three weeks ago. Woods competed in the Honda Classic last year for the first time as a pro and shot a final-round 62, finishing second behind Rory McIlroy. Woods moved from central Florida to South Florida a year ago.

McIlroy also will be competing in the same three tournaments. McIlroy will play next week for the first time since missing the cut in his only event this year - in Abu Dhabi on the European Tour.

A player who will not be in the Match Play field is Brandt Snedeker. Fresh off his fifth PGA Tour victory at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The No. 4-ranked player in the world cited sore ribs as his reason for missing the tournament. As a result of Snedeker's withdrawal, 66th-ranked Fredrik Jacobson will now be in the field.

This article first appeared on ESPN.com

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