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Tiger Woods won’t play Houston Open, agent says

After a T-72 finish at the Zozo Championship, Woods had left open the chance that he might compete in the week before the Masters

Confirmed: Via his agent in a report by Golf Digest, that Tiger Woods will not play next week’s Houston Open in preparation for his title defense the following week at the Masters. Woods had left open that possibility that he might play the Houston Open after he had tied for 72nd in the 77-man Zozo Championship on Sunday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. “There was some speculation whether Tiger would play Houston based on what he said at Sherwood,” agent Mark Steinberg told Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport, “but he has decided to prepare for the Masters at home.” Woods has not competed in the week before the Masters since he turned pro in 1996. In six starts since the PGA Tour resumed play in June, Woods has finished no better than T-37, at the PGA Championship. He missed the cut in the only other major championship that has been played in 2020, the U.S. Open. Woods, 44, is a five-time Masters champion and has won 15 major titles, three behind Jack Nicklaus’ career record. Should Woods win again on the PGA Tour, he would set the career mark for victories, which he shares with the late Sam Snead, at 82.

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