Not Yet Ready To Roar: When Will Tiger Woods Return To PGA Tour?

Posted By Esten McLaren on June 23, 2020
When will Tiger Woods return be back

Tiger Woods has remained on hiatus while the rest of the PGA Tour has returned to play with star-studded fields following the midseason suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the rescheduled major season approaches, we look at when and where golf fans can expect to get their next look at Tiger in tournament action.

When and where will Tiger Woods play next?

The first tournament at which we know we can expect to see Tiger back in the mix is the 2020 PGA Championship. The first major of 2020 will be held at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, Calif. from Thursday, Aug. 6 – Sunday, Aug. 9, roughly a seven-hour drive from his hometown of Cypress. It will be Tiger’s first chance to move within two majors of Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record since missing the cut at last year’s Open Championship.

Organizers, hosts, and sponsors of every tournament between now and then will cross their fingers in hopes Woods chooses their event for the resumption of his own 2020 season. His next victory in any level of PGA Tour tournament will break a tie with Sam Snead for the all-time record and put Woods alone with 83 career wins.

Woods’ schedule since the start of the 2018 calendar year as the official beginning of his comeback from spinal fusion surgery has largely been built around preparation for majors and leans on courses with which he is the most familiar. A notable exception was his debut at the inaugural Zozo Championship in Japan last fall, which he won by three strokes.

Following those trends, Muirfield Village Golf Club makes sense as Tiger’s next stop. Designed by Nicklaus, Tiger has won there five times, most recently in 2012. It hosts the Memorial Tournament from July 16-19 and the Workday Charity Open the week prior as the replacement to the John Deere Classic at TPC Deere Run. The PGA Championship will then be played just three weeks later.

It’s a belief shared by Golf Channel analyst Justin Leonard – when asked by Golf.com – where he thought Tiger would make his latest return.

“We may not see him again until the Memorial or the week before …” Leonard said. “(Tiger) likes to go to the same places.”

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Golf futures: Tiger Woods 2020 major odds

PGA Championship

  • Odds: +1800 (FanDuel Sportsbook), +1200 (DraftKings Sportsbook)
  • When: Aug. 6-9
  • Where: TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Career wins: 4
  • 2019 result: Missed cut (Bethpage Black Course)

US Open

  • Odds: +1400 (FD), +1400 (DK)
  • When: Sept. 17-20
  • Where: Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, NY
  • Career wins: 3
  • 2019 result: T-21 (Pebble Beach Golf Links)

Masters

  • Odds: +1200 (FD), +1400 (DK)
  • When: Nov. 12-15
  • Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.
  • Career wins: 5
  • 2019 result: 1

Tiger’s majors’ odds haven’t changed much since the season resumed without him or since play was suspended. The most notable change since March 5 is with his odds to win the Masters at DraftKings Sportsbook. Woods was +1100, but he had risen to +1400 by June 3.

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Tiger Woods’ season to date

Woods has remained away from competitive golf since his participation in The Match: Champions for Charity, where he and former NFL QB Peyton Manning took down Phil Mickelson and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Tom Brady in a thrilling exhibition at Medalist Golf Club.

Tiger put on yet another clinical performance with his iron play and was able to accurately place his tee shots where he wanted them at his home course. He battled through tough conditions in pouring rain much of the afternoon, raising hopes for his chances in potentially poor weather in the fall majors.

He had fallen from No. 6 in the OWGR at the end of 2019 to No. 9 following a 68th-place finish at The Genesis Invitational in mid-February, his last tournament before the season was suspended. He has since slipped to No. 14 as others like Justin Rose, Bryson DeChambeau, and Webb Simpson surge ahead with strong results in the Tour’s return to play.

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