Woods won’t alter plans to play final Bridgestone

Tiger Woods is keen…but he’s not desperate.

As much as the former world No 1 wants to play in the final WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to be played at Firestone, he won’t change his proposed schedule in order to qualify.

Tiger Woods Tiger Woods holds up the Bridgestone Invitational trophy for the 8th time and his fifth win of the 2013 season

The fact Woods has won there eight times is part of the reason Woods wants to be able to play.

Yet he has to look after himself as well.

“It is one of my goals to try and get in there,” said Woods.

“The thing is I have to really try and remind myself that what I’m coming back from with this — the injury that I’ve had and the procedure that I’ve had.”

“I don’t want to play too much…but I need to play enough.”

“So I added one event this year, I added Valspar (where he tied for second) because I only played two rounds at L.A. (The Genesis Open).”

“So those are little things that I’ve done tweaking it. I made sure I played enough leading up to the Masters.”

“I’ve got a game now that can play, so it’s a matter of pacing myself through here, The Open, maybe Bridgestone, and then you’ve got the PGA and the (FedEx Cup) playoffs are right there with the Ryder Cup on the back side, so that’s a lot of golf coming up in the future.”

“Hopefully I can pace myself, get into the events and make sure I stay strong enough and fresh enough to play quite a few tournaments.”

Woods looked close to his best in last weekend’s Quicken Loans National at TPC Potomac but, like the rest of the field, couldn’t get close enough to threaten Italian Francesco Molinari’s runaway victory.

To be certain of playing at Firestone again, Woods needs to be ranked among the top 50 in the world on either July 23 (when The Open ends) or July 30 (at the conclusion of the Canadian Open.)