Tiger Woods opts for Florida-only Masters buildup

(Tiger Woods. Mike Blake / Reuters)

Tiger Woods says he will play three events in Florida as he gears up for the April 10-13 (April 11-14, PHL time) Masters, the year's opening major, and will skip the upcoming WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona as had been expected.

The American world number one has competed in only two tournaments this year, the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open and the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic, and will next be in action at the February 27-March 2 (Feb. 28 - March 3, PHL time) Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

After that, he will defend his titles at the March 6-9 (March 7-10, PHL time) WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami and the March 20-23 (March 21-24, PHL time) Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.

"The Honda Classic is close to my home, and I want to support it whenever I can," 14-times major winner Woods said on his official website on Thursday (Friday, PHL time).

"I'm also excited about spending time with Arnold and defending my title at his tournament and the WGC-Cadillac."

Though Woods is a three-time winner of the February 19-23 (Feb. 20-24, PHL time) Accenture Match Play Championship, the first of the year's four World Golf Championships events, he confirmed that had not been on his schedule for this season.