Don’t expect to see him until the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and then the Players Championship in consecutive weeks on the road to the Masters
Uncertain: When Tiger Woods announced last week that he would not play this week’s WGC Mexico Championship, he left open the question of where he might show up next next on his schedule. After opening the Genesis Invitational last week with a 2-under 69, Woods faded at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif., where he also served as tournament host. He shot 76-77 on the weekend to plummet to 68th place, which was last among the players who made the cut at the 120-man invitational. So, where will Woods continue his quest to break the tie with Sam Snead at 82 victories and stand alone atop the Tour’s all-time list? The Honda Classic, which will open the Florida Swing on Feb. 27-March 1 at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, would be a home game for Woods, who lives in nearby Jupiter. But if he were to play the Honda, that could mean three in a row for Woods, which is highly unlikely. He is an eight-time winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, which is scheduled for the week after the Honda and the week before The Players Championship, at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., both of which Woods is certain to play. Could Woods, 44, play Honda, skip the Arnold Palmer Invitational and then show up at the Players? Yes, but it’s more likely that he will pay homage to the late Palmer and play Bay Hill on March 5-8 and TPC Sawgrass on March 12-15 in back-to-back weeks as he prepares to defend his title at the 2020 Masters, at Augusta National Golf Club, on April 9-12, and possibly win his 16th major championship.
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