Tiger Woods is considering playing at the Houston Open a week before the much-anticipated Masters and is expected to make a decision very soon.
Woods has rarely competed at an event just before a Major throughout his entire career, but could head to Memorial Park to sharpen up preparation for what will be an unusual event at Augusta National.
The 15-time Major champion has featured only six times since golf restarted back in June, with two of those events the PGA Championship and US Open.
In total, Woods has only competed eight times throughout the whole of 2020, despite a bumper PGA Tour schedule post-lockdown.
‘Probably the next couple of days, I’ll make the decision soon. I’m not going to wait around on that decision and commit either way, one way or the other,’ Woods said after the final round of this past weekend’s Zozo Championship.
‘We were talking this morning about our progression and our training sessions and we’ll be in the gym on Monday afternoon and get back after it that way, but I’ll make a decision quickly on whether or not I’m going to play Houston or not.’
The 44-year-old wasn’t totally satisfied with his performance at Sherwood Country Club, which might suggest that he could be eager for another hit-out before his defence of the green jacket.
‘I played the par fives awful. This is one of the golf courses you have to take advantage of all the par fives. They’re all reachable and I did not do that well this week,’ he added.
‘I did not drive the ball and didn’t hit my irons close enough consistently. The only thing I can take out of this week that I did positively: I feel like each and every day and pretty much every hole I putted well. I feel like I rolled it great.
‘Unfortunately, most of them were for pars and a couple for bogeys here and there, but not enough for birdies.’
One more victory on the PGA Tour will ultimately make Woods the all-time leader with most wins on Tour – 83.
The Houston Open is set to get under way on 5 November, while the Masters will tee off on the 12th.