Tiger playing Bay Hill and Players, skipping Honda

We may be seeing a bit less of Tiger Woods ‘on tour’ this year.

The 43-year-old admitted he probably overdid it in his comeback from back surgery last year…and he did hint that he would play less golf this year and would probably anchor his appearances around the major championships.

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With that in mind, Woods said he will be skipping this week’s Honda Classic and would instead play next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational followed by the Players Championship in its new March 14-17 date.

Woods played last week’s WGC-Mexico Championship, his second successive week of competition, which saw him finish in a tie for 10th behind Dustin Johnson.

There appeared little chance Woods would have played at the Honda anyway, as that would have almost certainly given him five successive weeks of competition.

“Unfortunately, due to the schedule this year, I cannot play all the events I want to,” said Woods while playing in Mexico.

“I will be taking next week off and playing in the Arnold Palmer and then The Players.

“Sorry to miss seeing Jack [Nicklaus] and everyone at the Honda.”

Woods qualified for the WGC-Mexico Championship by finishing in the top 30 in the FedEx Cup last year and last weekend was actually his first start in the event since 2014.

He is obviously intent on sharing himself around. He played in last year’s Honda and finished 12th and did have the advantage of sleeping in his own bed as it was just 30 minutes from his home.

This will be the 19th time he has played the Palmer tournament and he has an amazing record there, having won it eight times.

And he was hardly likely to miss The Players as it is regarded as the Tour’s flagship event.

Then he will have to decide where and when to play as his lead-up to the first major of the year, the US Masters.

That is likely to be either the Valspar Championship (March 21-24) or the WGC-Dell Match Play (March 27-31).