Tiger Woods announced Monday he's returning to the Bay Hill course that has been kind to him over and over again.Woods officially confirmed he will participate in this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Orlando's Bay Hill Club & Lodge. The PGA event runs March 18-24.
This year's tournament will feature a star-studded field, with 79 players confirming their participation as of Monday afternoon. The lineup includes Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Woods. Rory McIlroy, who withdrew from the Honda Classic last week due to tooth pain, has not announced whether he will compete at Bay Hill.
Woods is the defending Arnold Palmer Invitational champion. Last year's win was his first PGA Tour victory since his 2009 sex scandal. The drought spanned 923 days and 27 tour events.
He has won seven titles at Bay Hill and has a chance to tie Sam Snead for the most PGA Tour victories at a single course. Snead won the Greensboro tournament, now called the Wyndham Championship, eight times from 1938 to 1965.
"Heck, he'll probably win it again," Palmer said in a tournament news release. "Obviously, he likes the golf course."
Woods stated in the news release he enjoys the challenge of playing the Bay Hill course golf legend Palmer designed.
"The golf is right in front of you," Woods said in the news release. "You have to think your way around the course and be able to hit a variety of shots. You know what shots are required, and then you have to execute. Changes have been made over the years, but it's still a good, classic layout."