Woods won the Nelson Classic in 1997 in his first start after a record-setting victory at the Masters. He has finished no worse than 12th in his other five appearances.
He did not play last year because of a commitment to the Deutsche Bank-SAP Open in Germany, where Woods received a $2 million appearance fee. Woods is a three-time champion in Germany.
The Nelson Classic is expected to have a strong field, with defending champion Vijay Singh, three-time major winner Ernie Els and Masters champion Phil Mickelson among those planning to play.
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