Tiger Woods schedule: What tournament is next after success in Bahamas?
Woods will hit the practice range again until 2017 when he emerges ... somewhere
Tiger Woods' first tournament back at the Hero World Challenge was a raving success by any feasible metric. Woods led the field in birdies, looked genuinely interested in the event and did not grimace after hitting a single shot. Is that sustainable? Nobody knows, but it was a great start. So when will we see it again?
Woods said before the tournament that he didn't know how many events he would play in 2017.
"As far as how much golf I'm going to play, I don't know because I don't know what my back's going to be doing," said Woods on Tuesday. "Would I like to play a full schedule every year for the next decade plus? Yeah, I would, that would be great. Can I? I don't know. We'll see. I'm going to do everything I can."
This was before he knew whether he could get through 72 holes. After the event ended on Sunday, he addressed it again.
"I'll consider a lot of things, but I would like in my heart of hearts to play a full schedule next year,'' Woods told ESPN. "I really want to play. And one of my goals is I told our captain [Steve Stricker] I want to be more than an assistant [for the Presidents Cup]. I hope for the next year I can start playing more events."
Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, insinuated that Woods could actually start his 2017 on the European Tour.
"I've been in conversations with a couple of overseas tournaments early in the year,'' Steinberg told ESPN.
The usual suspects overseas include the Abu Dhabi Golf Classic (where Rickie Fowler won in 2016) and the Dubai Desert Classic (which Rory McIlroy has won multiple times and Tiger won back in 2008). Those are at the end of January and beginning of February respectively. There are also European Tour events in South Africa and Qatar at the beginning of the year, but Woods is unlikely to play those.
On the PGA Tour side, the obvious choice is the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines where Woods has won eight times including a U.S. Open. That is followed by the Waste Management Open, Pebble Beach Pro-Am and Genesis Open (which Woods' foundation now hosts).
Woods' decisions here are going to be interesting. I'm going to say we see him first at the Farmers Insurance Open at the end of January and then in Dubai a week later before he hits the Genesis Open towards the end of February. That's a nice three-tournament swing to start the season before it starts heating up in March before the Masters.
Either way, it's a great thing that we're discussing when Tiger is going to play again and not if it is even going to happen at all.
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