Tiger Woods' Schedule: Where Is He Playing Golf Next?

Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge
Tiger Woods is hoping to play a full schedule of tournaments in 2018. Christian Petersen/Getty Images

When and where is Tiger Woods' next tournament? The golfer finally returned to action, after missing almost all of 2017 following back surgery, at the Hero World Challenge, played from Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2017. And Woods fared well at that event: He carded three rounds in the 60s and finished 8-under par. Not only did Woods' back hold up, but he looked good — he was hitting long drives and sinking putts.

But what comes next? We now know when and where Woods' next tournaments are, and we'll also make some educated guesses about the rest of his schedule over the course of 2018.

Tiger Woods' Next Tournament(s)

Woods has confirmed that he will play the following events:

  • Jan. 26-29: Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour, Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 15-18: Genesis Open on the PGA Tour, Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Woods Returned to Full-Swing Practice in October 2017

Tiger  hasn't played anything resembling a regular schedule since 2013, when he won five times and was named the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Woods' most-recent appearance in a PGA Tour event (remember, the Hero World Challenge is not a PGA Tour tournament) was at the 2017 Farmers Insurance Open in January. He shot 76-72 and missed the cut. Woods was entered the following week in the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic, shot 77 in the first round, then withdrew prior to the second round.

Woods' 2017 campaign officially ended when he had that fourth back surgery in April, the latest in Woods' long list of injuries and surgeries.

It was only in October 2017 that Woods revealed he had been cleared by doctors to resume full golf practice. And Woods kept fans updated on his progress by posting several swing videos on his social media accounts.

Finally, in November 2017 at the Hero World Challenge, we got a look at Tiger Woods back in action. And he looked pretty good.

Projecting the Rest of Woods' 2018 Schedule

Everything hinges on Woods' health; if his back doesn't hold up, then all bets are off as to where Woods might play tournaments in 2018. But, so far, so good based on the evidence of the 2017 Hero World Challenge.

So let's assume for now that Woods' back continues feeling good and he is able to play throughout 2018. What will that schedule look like?

As noted above, we already know where his first two tournaments of 2018 are taking place: at the Farmers Insurance Open and the Genesis Open, both on the PGA Tour.

And, of course, Woods will do everything he can to be healthy for the four major championships:

  • The Masters, April 5-8
  • the U.S. Open, June 14-18
  • the British Open, July 19-22
  • and the PGA Championship, Aug. 9-12

Woods is not currently eligible for any ot the WGC tournaments because his world ranking has fallen too low. He will have to play well early in his comeback to qualify for any of the WGC tournaments in 2018. So the other tournaments on his schedule in 2018 — assuming he's able to play something resembling a regular schedule — will likely include the following:

These are tournaments that Woods has played in the past when he was playing his regular schedule. Beyond that, much depends on whether he's able to qualify for any WGC tournaments, or for the FedEx Cup playoffs. If the answers are no and no on those two counts, Woods might add two or three additional "regular" PGA Tour tournaments.