Tiger waiting to commit to Honda Classic

From ESPN - February 10, 2018

Long expected to play the Honda Classic beginning Feb. 22, Tiger Woods will wait to see how things progress this coming week at the Genesis Open before making a decision, his agent said Saturday.

Woods, 42, who returned to competitive golf in December after 10 months away after spinal fusion surgery, will play for the third time when the Genesis Open begins Thursday at Riviera Country Club.

He has until Friday after the second round to commit to the following week's Honda Classic, near his Florida home. He tied for 23rd two weeks ago at the Farmers Insurance Open after a tie for ninth in December at the unofficial Hero World Challenge.

"He's approaching this the same way he has been and he's kind of taking it a week at a time,'' said Mark Steinberg, Wood's agent. "He's going to get after it this week and then later in the week make a decision. He does not know what he's going to do now.

"He's not just going to commit to commit. He's going to commit when he feels like he's ready to do so. As he's been saying for 20-plus years, his schedule is built to peak four times a year, even at age 42. He's taking it in a very slow and cautious way.''

Woods has played the Honda Classic three times starting in 2012, when he finished tied for second to Rory McIlroy. In 2014, he withdrew during the final round with back issues that led to his first back surgery that spring. He has not been able to play the tournament since that year.


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