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

Tiger Woods at the Hero World Challenge
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When and where is Tiger Woods' next tournament? The superstar golfer is back in the winner's circle after claiming the 2018 season-ending Tour Championship. But Woods appeared worn out at the following Ryder Cup, and his late-season stretch of tournaments in 2018 is one he says he won't repeat in 2019. He plans to take more time to recover in-between appearances.

And given that the 2019 schedule is condensed in order to end the season a few weeks earlier, there may be some changes to Woods' schedule in 2019.

Tiger Woods' Confirmed Next Tournaments

Woods is famous for hating to confirm his appearance in a tournament far in advance. He often doesn't make announcements of where he is playing until close to the deadline for doing so (which is the Friday of the preceding week).

But Woods has confirmed his first two tournaments of 2019: the Farmers Insurance Open in January and the Genesis Open in February. The Farmers is played at Torrey Pines, a golf course on which Woods has won eight times. The Genenis is played at Riviera Country Club, and it's a tournament that Woods has never won. (Interestingly, Jack Nicklaus never won that tournament, either.) Woods has not played any other pro tournament as many times as he's played the Genesis Open without winning.

Of course, Woods will also be playing the four major championships. So Woods' confirmed 2019 schedule consists of only five tournaments so far:

  • Jan. 24-27: Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego, Calif.
  • Feb. 14-17: Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
  • April 11-14: The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
  • May 16-19: PGA Championship at Bethpage (Black) State Park in Bethpage, N.Y.
  • June 13-16: U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf LInks in Pebble Beach, Calif.
  • July 18-21: British Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Portrush, Northern Ireland

Woods has four wins each in The Masters and PGA Championship, three wins each in the U.S. Open and British Open. Woods has never played Royal Portrush, making its first Open rota appearance since 1951, in a tournament setting. He won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. At Pebble Beach, Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open plus the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 2000.

Likely Tournaments on Woods' Schedule

While Woods has only confirmed the five tournaments above, we can make educated guesses about other tournaments he is likely to play because Woods tends to play most of the same events each year.

We know, for example, that so long as Woods feels healthy he will definitely play The Players Championship in March.

The Wells Fargo Championship, two weeks before the PGA Championship, and The Memorial, two weeks before the U.S. Open, are typical Woods tournaments and appear very strong possibilities again for 2019.

Therefore, it will be surprising if Woods' schedule does not include these tournaments in 2019:

Woods' Remaining Schedule Is Questionable

The rest of Woods' 2019 schedule is up in the air, even though there are other tournaments that, in years past, Woods would be considered a shoo-in to play.

For example, Woods has always played the Arnold Palmer Invitational. On the condensed 2019 PGA Tour schedule, however, the Palmer comes one week after the Honda Classic and one week before The Players Championship. That's three tournaments in a row Woods would be expected to play in earlier years. But coming back-to-back-to-back in 2019, there is little chance Woods will play all three.

Our best guess is that Woods will play the Palmer (which he has won eight times) and the Players and skip the Honda Classic. But we'll have to wait and see.

Then there are the World Golf Championships (WGC) tournaments. Woods' world ranking qualifies him to play them all, if he wishes. However, we expect him to skip the first two: the WGC Mexico Championship in late February and the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play in March. The third WGC event is the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, which, in 2019, moves to a slot on the schedule one week after the British Open. And that puts the St. Jude in question, too.

The Playoff Tournaments

If Woods is eligible for the season-ending playoff tournaments, which consist of just three tournaments in 2019 rather than four as in previous years, expect him to play them all. Or at least the latter two, depending on how many FedEx Cup points he owns heading into the playoffs. Those tournaments are: