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Tiger Woods to play back-to-back weeks with Honda Classic commitment

Tiger Woods to play back-to-back weeks with Honda Classic commitment

Woods is currently competing in the Genesis Open in his second full-field PGA Tour start since returning to action following spinal fusion surgery a year ago, and he is confident he is now in a position to play two events in a row.

The announcement about his presence at the Honda Classic was made during Woods' second round in California on Friday.

When asked about his schedule earlier this week, Woods insisted he would enter the Honda Classic if he felt he was capable of swinging "full bore" in time for the first event of the Florida Swing.

"It's great to see him healthy and pain free to where we can go out [on the course and] ... he's just enjoying having fun", Honda defending champion Rickie Fowler said earlier week. "To be able to go full bore again".

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"I try to get myself as fired up as possible to try and hit shots as hard as I would in a tournament or shape shots and do all the weird things I like to do, but it's just not the same". Playing in consecutive weeks will be yet another one. Regardless of whether it's smart or not, teeing it up on back-to-back weeks for the first time since the 2015 PGA Championship and the Wyndham Championship is a good sign that Tiger's fused back is feeling OK. It will be the first time he's played in consecutive weeks since previous year when he played the Farmers Insurance Open and Dubai Desert Classic. "What that entails, including back-to-back events, I don't know".

"I would love to play a full schedule in 2018", Woods wrote on his website on December 29.

The 14-time major victor shot a 1-over 72 on Thursday at Riviera and teed off at 3:22 ET for his second round.