Tiger Woods made it clear two weeks ago at the Genesis Invitational in California that his focus in the twilight of his career, coming off a near-fatal car accident in 2021, will be golf’s four major championships.
” … and maybe a couple more,” he said.
Players Championship officials and First Coast golf fans would certainly love to be considered on that short list.
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Woods has until 5 p.m. Friday to commit to next week’s Players Championship at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course (March 9-12). Although his world golf ranking has dropped to 984th, he is eligible for The Players through next year’s tournament on a five-year exemption by winning the 2019 Masters.
That’s also the last year anyone saw Woods prowling the fairways and greens of the Stadium Course. A week before his historic Masters victory, he made his 18th career start at The Players and tied for 30th. Woods’ final-round 69 was his ninth consecutive round at par or lower at the Stadium, including a tie for 11th in 2018.
He did travel to Ponte Vedra Beach last year for his World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony but the closest he came to the golf course was at the PGA Tour’s Global Home, the site of the ceremony.
Players Championship officials have received no indication yet that Woods will enter. In the recent past, Woods has usually announced his commitment to tournaments, when there’s been any doubt, on his Twitter feed.
The 47-year-old Woods, who won The Players in 2001 and 2013, said playing The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open is “all my body will allow me to do.”