Tiger Woods will chase his 16th main championship with out a lot of a warmup.
Woods opted towards enjoying in subsequent week’s World Golf Championships—FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, a no-cut occasion that may have afforded him 4 assured rounds earlier than the next week’s PGA Championship, which begins Aug. 6 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
“Disappointed to miss @WGCFedEx,” Woods wrote on Twitter, “but doing what I think is best to prepare me for the @PGAChampionship and upcoming FedEx Cup playoffs.”
Woods made his first begin in additional than 5 months eventually week’s Memorial Match, capturing six over for the occasion and ending in a tie for 40th. That was Woods’ first match because the Genesis Invitational in February. He has performed simply 4 official PGA Tour occasions throughout the truncated 2019-20 season, although a kind of was a victory on the Zozo Championship, which he gained in Japan after a three-month layoff attributable to knee surgical procedure. That victory noticed him tie Sam Snead with 82 PGA Tour victories.
There was some perception Woods would possibly play the Memphis occasion for the primary time to get some additional reps earlier than the primary main championship of 2020. However Woods struggled bodily within the second spherical of the Memorial, which outlined the unlucky actuality for a 44-year-old with a fused again—he must be aware about the place and when he performs, and the way he can keep contemporary to provide himself the perfect likelihood to compete. He has accomplished back-to-back 72-hole occasions since February 2019.
Temperatures in Memphis will hover within the higher 80s for the week, a stark distinction from the 70ish diploma climate anticipated for PGA Championship week.
Woods has a robust historical past at TPC Harding Park, the place he gained the 2005 WGC-American Specific Championship in a playoff over John Daly. He additionally went 5-Zero within the 2009 Presidents Cup there, which the American facet gained 19.5-14.5.
There is only one occasion between the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which characteristic three occasions in back-to-back-to-back weeks. And there is only one week between the playoffs and the U.S. Open, set for Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot Golf Membership in Mamaroneck, N.Y.