Tiger Woods wants to be in prime condition for the Masters

MEXICO CITY MEXICO- FEBRUARY 20 Tiger Woods signs autographs during the practice round of World Golf Championships Mexico Championship at Club de Golf Chapultepec

Tiger Woods to play Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship Hector Vivas Getty Images

Tiger Woods' upcoming schedule is set, and it won't include the event in his hometown.

Tiger Woods shed some light on his Masters preparations as he said on Thursday he will skip next week's Honda Classic and return in the first two weeks of March for the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship.

But that meant missing a tournament that is less than 30 minutes from his home and where he finished 12th past year.

"Unfortunately, due to the schedule this year, I can not play all the events I want to", Woods said on Twitter.

"Last year was a bit of a wandering world of how am I going to piece this together, how am I going to figure it out, what am I going to be capable of".

"Unfortunately, I'm going to take next week off at home, but I have to", he said.

Woods, who remains one of the most popular players on the PGA Tour, has the second-most PGA Tour victories (80) and major victories (14) in history, trailing only Jack Nicklaus.

I'm sure there will be plenty of adjustments to Tiger's schedule still to come in 2019, but this is just further proof that he's planning on truly competing at the highest level through the rest of the year.

When asked in Mexico ahead of this week's event how many tournaments are in his plans, Woods said it gets complicated.

Once Woods committed to play here in Mexico, the Honda seemed a likely casualty.

Woods won't be in the field at TPC San Antonio, and he will likely have to decide between a return trip to Innisbrook, where he finished runner-up previous year, or taking his spot in the 64-man field in Austin. Post-Players, there are three events before the Masters - the Valspar Championship, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, and the Valero Texas Open.

It was at the 2018 Honda Classic that Woods' comeback kicked into gear.

He will, however, still play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on March 7-10.

"That's one of the reasons I put in [Valspar] a year ago after I missed the cut in L.A., to make sure I got some rounds in and be race-ready".

The 14-time major victor is having to manage his playing time amid a busy schedule, with the 43-year-old now more selective than ever following his injury problems.

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