Tiger noncommittal on playing back-to-back

From ESPN - February 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES -- Tiger Woods said there will be nothing negative to take from a decision he will make later this week about whether he will play consecutive tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Woods has yet to commit to his adopted hometown tournament, the Honda Classic, waiting to see how he fares this week in the opening rounds of the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club.

"I think it would be a great sign if I do play; I think it would be a smart sign if I did not play," Woods said Tuesday during a news conference following a 9-hole practice round. "How about that?"

Woods, 42, is making his third tournament start since returning from spinal fusion surgery last year. He tied for 23rd at the Farmers Insurance Open in late January.

He will play the first two rounds with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, teeing off Thursday at 10:22 a.m. ET and at 3:02 p.m. Friday. Woods' deadline for making a commitment to the Honda Classic is the end of play on Friday.

Long expected to play next week because he lives near the Honda Classic -- held in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida -- Woods said it is more about being smart in his return to competition.

He said what will help him decide is "just not to feel sore, feel like I can play all-out again, within three days. To be able to go at it full bore again. That's something that I have been trying to do at home and trying to simulate rounds where I go full bore, but it's never the same as in a tournament. I try to get myself as fired up as possible to try and hit shots as hard as I would in a tournament or shape shots and do all the weird things I like to do, but it's just not the same."

This week's tournament is Woods' original hometown event, the place where he teed it up as a 16-year-old amateur in 1992 when he played in a professional event for the first time. Woods played nine more times here, never winning -- the most visits to any venue where he did not win. Now run by his foundation -- which he has rebranded the TGR Foundation -- Woods is at a loss for why he never won here.


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