Here's where Tiger Woods will likely play in 2019
Tiger Woods played in 18 PGA Tour and official worldwide events in 2018, by far the most he’s played in a single season since 2013. Tiger also played in the Ryder Cup near Paris, The Match against Phil Mickelson in Las Vegas and the 18-player Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Knock on a 3-wood for luck, but the soon-to-be 43-year-old looks healthy and ready to return to a “normal” schedule.
The 14-time major champion has always been selective of the events in which he plays. With the assumption that Woods will remain healthy and competitive, here’s an educated guess on when Tiger should be expected to spike TV ratings and turn up the roars in the gallery. Our guess is a 16-event schedule. Only time will tell.
When is Tiger Woods' next tournament? Here's how his 2019 PGA Tour schedule could shape up.
Sentry Tournament of Champions
Maui, Hawaii — Jan. 3–6
Tiger hasn’t played in this winners-only event since 2005, but the limited field and lack of weekend cut make it a perfect 2019 debut. An early-season win would provide a belated Mele Kalikimaka and a Happy New Year for Woods in Maui, much like it did in 2000 when Tiger battled Ernie Els in a classic at Kapalua.
Sony Open in Hawaii
Honolulu — Jan. 10–13
There’s a good chance Tiger doesn’t play either Hawaii events. It’s highly unlikely that he plays both.
La Quinta, Calif. — Jan. 17–20
Tiger’s career has very much been built; he will probably be playing practice rounds at Torrey Pines this week.
Farmers Insurance Open
San Diego — Jan. 24–27
If The Masters’ Augusta National is Tiger’s home, then Torrey Pines is his home away from home. Tiger has eight wins, including his 14th and most recent major championship at the 2008 U.S. Open. A California kid himself, Tiger also won six Junior World titles at the iconic San Diego cliffside course.
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Scottsdale, Ariz. — Jan. 31–Feb. 3
He probably won’t play the PGA Tour’s rowdiest event on Super Bowl weekend. But he did hit a hole-in-one on No. 16 back in 1997. That was awesome.
AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Pebble Beach, Calif. — Feb. 7–10
Tiger has played in the pro-am with his late father Earl as well as Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Romo and Kevin Costner. But he’s only played Pebble once (2012) since 2002, so it’s only wishful thinking for Tiger to play in the favorite event of Bill Murray and Clint Eastwood.
Pacific Palisades, Calif. — Feb. 14–17
This event is run by his TGR Foundation, so write Tiger’s name in ink for this week, which should be a Valentine’s Day weekend love fest for the quasi-official host.
Mexico City — Feb. 21–24
There’s no cut and he can pick up a few FedEx Cup points and potentially rise in the World Rankings. But the reconfigured PGA Tour schedule makes staying home in Florida more appealing than traveling to Mexico City this week.
The Honda Classic
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Feb. 28–March 3
Tiger’s hometown event will be a tough cut, but he has to stay fresh for the next two events on the calendar.
Arnold Palmer Invitational
Orlando — March 7–10
The King won’t be calling Tiger’s shot greenside, as he was for Tiger’s tournament-clinching putts on 18 in both 2008 and 2009. But with eight career victories at Bay Hill in his pocket and a fifth-place finish last season, this looks like a must-play for Woods in 2019.
The Players Championship
Ponte Verde Beach, Fla. — March 14–17
The “Fifth Major” moved from May to March, in an effort to increase player attendance and fan excitement. If Tiger skips this week, it’s back to the drawing board for the PGA Tour.
Palm Harbor, Fla. — March 21–24
Tiger played Innisbrook in 2018. But this year’s later tournament date makes Valspar an odd date out, following the Arnold Palmer and The Players.
WGC-Dell Match Play
Austin, Texas — March 27–31
Tiger has won the WGC Match Play event three times but hasn’t teed off here since 2013. This is a good tournament to pick up FedEx Cup points and sharpen skills while keeping an eye on Augusta.
Valero Texas Open
San Antonio — April 4–7
Tiger doesn’t play the week before The Masters. Never has, likely never will.
Augusta, Ga. — April 11–14
A four-time Masters champion, Tiger hasn’t donned a green jacket in a competitive setting since 2005. His last top-10 finish at Augusta was a T-4 in 2013. He will be eager to prove he’s better than his last two Masters finishes — a T-32 in 2018 and T-17 in 2015.
Hilton Head Island, S.C. — April 18–21
Maybe he’s still too busy celebrating his fifth Masters victory?
Zurich Classic of New Orleans
New Orleans — April 25–28
Yeah. He’s still basking in the afterglow of another green jacket…
Wells Fargo Championship
Charlotte — May 2–5
It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Tiger skips every tournament in between the Masters and PGA Championship, which has been bumped up the schedule. But it would make sense to stay sharp and tee it up at Quail Hollow.
AT&T Byron Nelson
Dallas — May 9–12
The week before any major championship is a bad break for tournaments hoping to get a bump from Tiger’s attendance.
Bethpage, N.Y. — May 16–19
No longer “Glory’s Last Shot,” the PGA Championship is now the second major championship on the schedule. Tiger won the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and finished sixth at the course in 2009. This is a must-play and might-win.
Charles Schwabb Challenge
Fort Worth, Texas — May 23–26
You can talk to Chuck, but Eldrick is unlikely to play.
The Memorial Tournament
Dublin, Ohio — May 30–June 2
Jack Nicklaus’ tournament is right in the sweet spot between the PGA Championship and U.S. Open. The Golden Bear must know somebody in the PGA Tour’s scheduling department.
RBC Canadian Open
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada — June 6–9
O Canada! No Ti-ger Woods!
Pebble Beach, Calif. — June 13–16
Tiger won his first U.S. Open by a record 15 strokes at Pebble Beach in 2000. If he only plays Pebble Beach once this season, it will be the U.S. Open and not the Pro-Am. But the U.S. Open being at Pebble might make it more likely he plays in the Pro-Am.
Cromwell, Conn. — June 20–23
You’d think the red umbrella logos everywhere would attract the man in red. But you’d be wrong.
Rocket Mortgage Classic
Detroit — June 27–30
Detroit Rocket Mortgage City will have to support the Tigers without Tiger.
Blaine, Minn. — July 4–7
Ignore any and all post-in notes that suggest Tiger might play in the 3M Open, a new event this year.
John Deere Classic
Silvis, Ill. — July 11–14
Nothing runs like a PGA Tour pro going across the pond to the European Tour’s Scottish Open.
East Lothian, Scotland — July 11–14
A logical long shot. Tiger can get loose with a warm-up tournament before the Open.
The Open Championship
Portrush, Northern Ireland — July 18–21
Aiming for his fourth Claret Jug, Tiger will certainly tee off at Royal Portrush, where he has not played competitively. Surely, Northern Ireland’s native son Rory McIlroy will show Tiger the lay of the land.
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Memphis — July 25–28
Jet lag and a new event just don’t mix. Expect a two- or even three-week hiatus before the FedEx Cup Playoffs tee off.
Greensboro, N.C. — Aug. 1–4
If Tiger plans on playing every event in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, he won’t be in North Carolina this week.
FEDEX CUP PLAYOFFS
The Northern Trust
Jersey City, N.J. — Aug. 8–11
Top 125 in FedEx Cup points qualify. It’s playoff time and Tiger will be ready, health permitting.
Medinah, Ill. — Aug. 15–18
Top 70 in FedEx Cup points qualify. Tiger has two PGA Championship wins at Medinah, so it’s definitely a course that fits his game and brings back winning memories.
Atlanta — Aug. 22–25
Top 30 in FedEx Cup points qualify. Tiger’s lone win of 2018 came at East Lake, where Tiger is likely to defend his title and hopefully contend for the $10 million FedEx Cup champion’s check. Tiger won the FedEx Cup in 2007 and 2009, and remains the only player to have won multiple playoffs.