Tiger Woods ended the World Heroes Challenge on Sunday by watching another bird slip through the hole, and he finished well behind winner Jon Rahm, barely avoiding the final spot. in an annual event that is beneficial to the TGR.
“Well, the starting round is not very good, it’s pretty awful,” said Woods, who played nine points ahead of 40 before finishing with 73. “It’s been a long week, but the whole year is great. Just be blessed to have the opportunity.
“Coming from where I came from last year at this time to be able to really play and compete again in the game and doing it consistently is quite amazing.”
Woods said this year’s tournament approach – after a season of 18 events, compared with December last year, when he played for the first time in 10 months and for the first time since spinal fusion surgery – absolutely different.
Then, it’s about determining whether he can even play again or not; The past week has been more about experiencing the after-time movement after a long year.
“I was done, I finished last year,” Woods said. “It was a great year to go from where I was and now I can really say that I’ve been playing for years. We can sit back and really enjoy it.”
He may not do that for long. Woods, who turned 43 on Dec. 30, did not rule out the next PGA Tour, the Sentry Championships, starting Jan. 3. 2018 has not followed Woods’s schedule since he last played it in 2005.
Tiger Woods finished seventh at the Hero World Challenge. Photos AP / Dante Carrer
Woods won the Hawaii event twice and never ended in the top ten after eight tries, but he stopped playing it despite qualifying. Now, looking at playing a limited schedule, he is pondering this possibility as it is an unassailable event in which he will earn his first FedEx Cup spot of the 2019 season.
“I will not play as much as I did this year,” said Woods, who played 18 official events on the PGA Tour as well as the Ryder Cup and the Hero League. “I’ve played too much this year, and it’s from adding an event because I missed out on a chance at LA [Genesis Open] to qualify for Akron [WGC-Bridgestone]. Make it through all the playoff events so all the events say so much.I will not be playing as much as I did last year.
In addition to the four major championships, Woods is eligible to participate in two World Golf Championships events that he does not qualify for in 2018 and is expected to play at least two out of three on the schedule. Adding to the usual stops are Open Farmer Insurance, Genesis Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational, Player of the Championship, Wells Fargo Championship and Memorial and Forest Tournament that will feature up to 12 events.
If he qualifies for three playoff events, that brings his total up to 15. He has the ability to play more than that.
“We will sit back after I finish with Australia [this week] and actually go back to the gym and build my body, make it stronger and gain weight for me and see what I want Start the year and see how many events I should play, “Woods said.
Woods left the Bahamas on a Sunday night for a trip to Melbourne, Australia, as part of his US Presidential Cup mission including a visit to the website and media ad operations this week. One of the decisive details is the date for the World Heroes Challenge next year.
Although the schedule has yet to be announced, Woods said his event in Albany in the Bahamas would take place on Thanksgiving as usual – taking place the week before the Australian president. It does not just conflict with the Australian Open, it’s also a logical challenge for any player – and Woods – who is playing in the Bahamas to get ready for Melbourne. There was talk of ending the Hero event on Saturday to allow more time to travel.
Whatever the decision, Woods will return to Florida on Friday, and then make a more immediate decision: to play the Sentry of Champions tournament.
Despite a poor finish at Albany – Woods broke in just one round – he just slipped one point down to 14th in the world.
A year ago, Woods kicked off the 1,199th Heroes event in the world, ranks ninth and continues to rise.
“The whole year has grown and it has gone smoothly,” Woods said. “Now I’m used to competing again. So I know I can do it and I know I can win, so it’s a lot of fun.”