Tiger Woods says he will play the Arnold Palmer Invitational next week at Bay Hill.
Woods is a six-time winner at Bay Hill, including one stretch of four straight victories. He last won in 2009 with a dramatic birdie on the final hole, but did not defend his title last year while coping with the crisis in his personal life.
His commitment to play was not surprising, although until a year ago, Woods typically waited until the Friday before a tournament to announce he was playing.
Woods says he watched the tournament on TV last year when Ernie Els won.
Bay Hill will mark the 20th tournament Woods will have played since his return to action. He hasn’t won since the Australian Masters in November 2009.
Meanwhile, former Masters champion Mike Weir has had a cyst on his left wrist drained and will miss the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Canadian hopes to be ready for Augusta National.
Weir had a tendon injury in his right elbow last year and tried to play through it until deciding to take off the final four months of the season. He says he is skipping Bay Hill because he doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice.
He says by having the cyst drained now, it will be able to heal properly and allow him to play the Masters and the rest of the year.
Weir failed to make enough money the first two months to retain his 2011 PGA Tour card. He is playing the rest of the year on his status as a past PGA Tour winner and through sponsor invitations.