Tiger Woods’ status for playing in the Honda Classic is iffy, and that “if” is how his back is feeling.
The best guess is Woods will not play Honda, deciding not to compete in back-to-back tournaments because of his often-injured and surgically repaired back.
Right now, Woods is far from the site of the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens as he is playing in the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, California.
There’s no doubt Woods enjoys playing The Honda, which will be played in Palm Beach Gardens. That is 30 minutes from Woods’ home. This year’s Honda is scheduled for Feb. 22-25.
Asked about the possibility of playing Honda on the Champion Course at PGA National, Woods told the PGA Tour, “I think it would be a great sign if I do play. I think it would be a smart sign if I didn’t play. How about that?”
Questioned what might allow him to play, Woods said, “Just not to feel sore, to feel like I can play all-out again within, what, three days off. To go at it full-bore again.”
Woods has played The Honda Classic four times as a pro. In 2012 he tied for second, and in 2014 he withdrew after three rounds.”
Woods has until Friday to notify Honda if he will commit.
With a smile, Honda executive director Ken Kennerly said, “I will have my cellphone on, and if he says yes we will be prepared.” Not to mention happy.
Even without Woods, the Honda field contains some of golf’s best. Among those already committed are defending champion Rickie Fowler, last year’s Masters champion Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas and local favorite Daniel Berger.