Yesterday (March 31) came the announcement that golf fans have been waiting for: Tiger will not play The Masters in 2017. On his website, Woods wrote:
Unfortunately, I won’t be competing in this year’s Masters. I did about everything I could to play, but my back rehabilitation didn’t allow me the time to get tournament ready. I’m especially upset because it’s a special anniversary for me that’s filled with a lot of great memories. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years since I won my first green jacket.
I have no timetable for my return, but I will continue my diligent effort to recover, and want to get back out there as soon as possible.
Next up on the will-he-or-won’t he Tiger Watch: The Memorial on June 1 – 4. Tiger has won there five times. Muirfield is one of a half dozen courses which account for more than half his career victories. If any course can be his “get golf ready” practice range, it is Nicklaus’ Muirfield.
As for the US Open at Erin Hills, I predict he won’t play, unless he plays all four rounds at The Memorial.