LOS ANGELES– Tiger Woods stays as uncertain as ever before.
Just when it felt like he would certainly discovered a comfy rhythm with his swing, body and also timetable, Woods tossed a curveball, choosing to do away with following week’s WGC-Mexico Championship.
The difficult choice motivates lots of inquiries without any well-defined responses– at the very least not up until Woods consults with the media Saturday mid-day at Riviera.
After videotaping his worst rating of the period (73) Friday to rest 9 shots off the 36- opening lead, Woods was asked straight just how he was really feeling literally. He primarily chatted around it, claiming rather that his video game hasn’t been “as sharp as I need to be.” This week he has myriad organizing commitments, but that just partially discusses why he’s exercised moderately. If he wished to exercise, he would certainly– the event advantages a lot more by him playing well than being drawn in a lot of instructions.
Sitting out the very first WGC occasion of the fiscal year additionally has ranking effects. Ranked 8th worldwide, Woods is basically missing assured world-ranking points since he will not go beyond the minimum 40- occasion divisor. Why does this issue? Because there was a situation, nevertheless not likely, in which he might have gone back toNo 1 worldwide had he won in both Los Angeles and also Mexico City.
It additionally affects the Olympic positions, and also it’s currently reasonable to question Woods’ Tokyo ambitions. There are 9 Americans placed inside the top 15 worldwide; just the leading 4 will certainly receive the UNITED STATE group, a team that Woods (presently 6th) has actually claimed that he wants to belong of. This was a possibility thrown away, though at the very least he will not shed anymore ground as both Brooks Koepka and also Patrick Cantlay are bypassing the WGC occasion, as well.
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It’s additionally vague what this suggests for the remainder of Woods’ timetable. Only when in 2019 did he finish successive occasions. That was this two-week stretch, from Los Angeles to MexicoCity After that event he disclosed that he had a stretched neck, maintaining him out of Bay Hill prior to ThePlayers Late in the summertime, he experienced a stretched oblique that compelled him out of The Northern Trust prior to the BMW Championship.
In the short-term, at the very least, it appears not likely that Woods would certainly play his home town Honda Classic the adhering to week– specifically with Bay Hill (where he’s an eight-time champion) and also The Players in successive weeks. More responses will certainly follow Friday, when one more dedication due date passes.
Of program, every one of this timetable handwringing might be for naught. Last year, Woods played just 4 occasions prior to theMasters How would certainly that end up?