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Woods back at Honda after 19 years

The 14-times major champion made his only previous appearance in the Honda event as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993

Former world number one, Tiger Woods, will play in next month's $1.02 million Honda Classic for the first time as a professional, a statement on his website said on Tuesday.

"I've heard great things about the Honda Classic and now that I live here in Florida I want to play whenever possible,” the statement said. “Jack Nicklaus's involvement in the tournament and the benefits to the local community are also important."

The 14-times major champion made his only previous appearance in the  Honda event as a 17-year-old amateur in 1993.

The Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation is the main beneficiary of the March 1-4 Honda Classic to be played at Palm Beach Gardens.

Woods is also planning to compete in next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Marana, Arizona - a tournament he won in 2003, 2004 and 2008- and the WGC-Cadillac Championship March 8-11 in Miami, a trophy he has lifted eight times.

Woods has slipped to 18th in the world rankings having not won a full-field event since the 2009 Australian Masters