Where to next as Wood misses RBC Heritage deadline

Tiger Woods won’t be back in action this week.

The rumours, and some wishful thinking, made it seem like a done deal but as the clock ticked past the RBC Heritage’s entry deadline on Friday, the chance that he would make his first appearance at the event in 20 years, evaporated.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods (Credit: PGA Tour)

Admittedly the signs weren’t great. Woods hasn’t played at Hilton Head in about two decades as the tournament has historically taken place in the week following the Masters. It was only with the coronavirus-induced reshuffle of the PGA Tour calendar, that the possibilities opened up.

His most recent appearance at The Match alongside Phil Mickelson showed that his game is still on point and his body seemed to handle anything he could throw at it that day. However, the Tiger Woods we know of late has been very particular about when and where he plays…and with good reason.

Woods has competed in just three PGA Tour tournaments this season, winning the ZOZO Championship in Japan, finishing T9 at the Farmers Insurance Open before carding a last place 68th result at his very own Genesis Invitational in February, won by Adam Scott.

The next event on the schedule after this week is the Travelers Championship and there’s a possibility he may turn up there but the strongest chance at this stage is The Memorial in mid-July, which is of course hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

Woods has won the title five times and it is hard to see him skipping this one. Plus the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational is just a few weeks later and the first major of the year, the PGA Championship, kicks off in the first week of August so Woods will need to get in some tournament play before too long.

Let’s hope it’s sooner rather than later.