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Tiger Woods comparisons generally are a really good thing.

But after Scottie Scheffler joined Woods as one of seven multiple-time Players champions, he was reminded of what could be viewed as a slightly depressing statistic.

The current World No. 1 has been on a tear the past 25 months; Scheffler earned his first PGA Tour win in February 2022 at the WM Phoenix Open and hasn’t slowed down much since.

He won three more times over the next three months that season, including his first major title at the Masters. He won in Scottsdale again in 2023 before taking the Players Championship a month later. Scheffler didn’t win for 52 weeks after that (gasp!), but that didn’t stop him from cementing his place at the top of the sport.

While Scheffler didn’t win an official event between March 2023 and March 2024, he racked up top-10s at a mind-boggling pace. For the entire 2022-23 PGA Tour season, he finished outside the top 12 just three times. His next start, after the Tour Championship, at the unofficial Hero World Challenge? He won.

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In the past two weeks, the 27-year-old has returned to his official winning ways, taking the Arnold Palmer Invitational and defending his title at TPC Sawgrass, becoming the first to accomplish the feat.

According to the analytics site, DataGolf, Scheffler’s current peak of +2.82 in the DG Index is the fourth highest of all-time, behind Woods in 2000, Vijay Singh in 2004 and David Duval in 1999. He’s been able to maintain — and elevate — that number despite losing strokes on the green until the last couple of weeks.

But, being compared to Woods ain’t easy, and on Sunday night at TPC Sawgrass Scheffler shared a funny revelation about how far he has to go to draw legitimate comparisons to Woods’ sustained run of dominance.

“I’m not going to remember the exact numbers, but like we’re playing at Riv this year, and I hit my tee ball and this guy yells out, like, ‘Congrats on being No. 1 Scottie. Eleven more years to go,’” Scheffler recalled, cracking up the press room.

“Eleven more years to go,” he repeated for emphasis.

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The fan at last month’s Genesis Invitational was referring to Woods’ incredible mark of 683 weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, more than double the total of the next closest player. Woods was also World No. 1 for two separate streaks of 281 and 264 weeks — again, both more than double the next best.

The win he logged Sunday was the eighth of his career, leaving him 76 behind Woods’ record total on the PGA Tour, not to mention Scheffler’s lone major title is 14 fewer than Woods’ mark.

“Anytime you can be compared to Tiger I think is really special, but, I mean, the guy stands alone I think in our game,” Scheffler said. “He really does. This is my eighth tournament win now out here, I’ve tied him in Players Championships. Outside of that, I got 14 more majors and 70-some PGA Tour events to catch up. So I think I’m going to stick to my routine and just continue to plot along, try and stay as even-keeled as I can.

“We all idolize Tiger. He’s been our guy. Watching what he did in special moments over the years is crazy to watch. I’ve learned a lot just from being around him. We’re just very thankful that he’s still a part of our sport.”

 

Tiger Woods has opted out of another golfing event despite his previous commitment to play one tournament per month. Despite expressing hopes of maintaining such a schedule, Woods has chosen to sit out of the Valspar Championship, marking the end of any chance to see him on the greens in March.

The PGA Tour‘s announcement of the Valspar Championship field came and went without Woods signing up before the entry deadline. This decision eliminates his last realistic opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Masters tournament.

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Woods has a limited history with the Valspar Championship, having participated only once in 2018, where he finished tied for second place. The following tournaments after Valspar, the Houston Open and the Valero Texas Open, also appear to be absent from Woods’ schedule, with his participation in the latter event dating back to 1996.

Woods’ back issues

While Woods recently participated in the Seminole Pro-Member event, finishing T44, questions linger regarding his physical condition, particularly concerning his back, as he had hinted at back issues during the Genesis Invitational. Woods admitted his back was not at 100 percent during the Riviera event, further suggesting ongoing physical challenges.

“My back spasmed on it,” he noted.

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“It had been spasming over the last three holes, and it just locked up on me and didn’t move, didn’t rotate.”

Despite speculation about potential appearances at the Arnold Palmer Invitational or THE PLAYERS Championship, Woods has yet to confirm participation in any upcoming events.

Reports suggest that Woods might meet with PIF officials at the PGA Tour headquarters, hinting at potential discussions about his future involvement in golfing events.

Tiger Woods had been expected to play in the Players Championship but now may not be seen until the Masters. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Tiger Woods’s latest comeback has been plunged into doubt after it emerged the 48-year-old will not, as had been expected, feature in next week’s Players Championship. Woods, who had set a 2024 goal of competing once a month, is now unlikely to be seen until the Masters in April.

Woods’s appearance at the Hero World Challenge in November was his eighth since being involved in a car accident in early 2021 and his first since last year’s Masters. He finished 18th in a 20-man field with a level-par aggregate. “Once a month seems reasonable,” he said of his playing prospects for this year. His body has been seriously affected by multiple leg and back surgeries.

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Woods withdrew from the Genesis Invitational in February due to influenza. Eyes automatically turned to Sawgrass and the PGA Tour’s flagship event, where the 15-times major champion would ordinarily continue his Masters buildup. However, he is a surprising omission from the 144-player entry list for Sawgrass that was revealed by the Tour on Friday. No further information has been provided about Woods’s physical status or the precise reasoning behind his Players no-show.

Woods, in the company of the PGA of America’s Seth Waugh, tied 44th at the 18-hole Seminole pro-member event on Monday. A key topic of conversation between the pair, one assumes, was whether Woods is keen to captain the United States in next year’s Ryder Cup. There has been no indication thus far that Woods would like the role, with his attention more likely to be focused on Adare Manor in 2027. Yet if playing is going to prove more problematic than Woods had foreseen, Bethpage and 2025 might become a stronger possibility.

Rory McIlroy, meanwhile, has backed the introduction of reduced field events on the PGA Tour. This week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational features just 69 players, which has raised eyebrows given the $20m prize fund. The maximum allowed to play was 70.

McIlroy, speaking after a second round of 70, shrugged off criticism. “I’m all for making it more cut-throat, more competitive,” said the Northern Irishman. “Probably won’t be very popular for saying this but I’m all for less players, less tour cards and the best of the best.”

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McIlroy’s one-under-par aggregate leaves him six adrift of the halfway lead at Bay Hill. Shane Lowry, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Henley, Brian Harman, Wyndham Clark and Scottie Scheffler head the field. Harman had reached eight under but dropped a shot at the 18th.

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Elin Nordegren is a model from Sweden who was married to Tiger Woods for six years before the couple decided to get divorced in 2010. She decided after Woods was found having multiple affairs and currently, the pair is co-parenting their two children. Elin has a daughter and son with Woods named Sam Alexis and Charlie Woods. Out of these two, Sam never took an interest in taking up golf as a career but Charlie did.

As a part of co-parenting, Woods and Elin had to keep their friendship alive and as per a source, the 15-time major champ never complained about his ex-wife and enjoys their existing bond. Elin not only saw divorce in her relationship with Tiger but also saw another split as a child. When she was only seven years old, her parents got divorced. Despite their separation, she got to spend quality time with both her parents and that helped her reach a decision where she would rather give a better environment to her children after divorce than stay in an unfaithful marriage.

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“I think it is better for the children that the parents split up. I am now going to do my very best to show them that alone and happy is better than being in a relationship where there is no trust. I want to show my kids what my parents showed me as a child,” Apart from her personal life, let’s take a look at her career.

Elin Nordegren took up modeling projects before meeting Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods’ ex-wife was a swimsuit model in her teens and a nanny in her 20s.

“I did some modeling when I was younger. I was never very successful at it, and I didn’t intend to pursue it. It is flattering to be called a model, but I hardly think a few shoots in my teenage years make me a model,” Nordegren said.

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Then Elin Nordegren was also a nanny for the golfer’s children and she later planned on studying psychology. After her divorce, focusing on her psychology degree became an important aspect of getting over the separation. She took nine years to finish the course at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, with a 3.96 GPA.

“Education has been the only consistent part of my life the last nine years. And it has offered me comfort. Education is one thing that no one can take away from you…If I can inspire even one mom to go back and get her degree with the message that it’s never too late, then I am happy.”

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It has been reported that Elin Nordegren settled for a $100 million divorce amount from Tiger Woods but initially, she was supposed to receive around $750 million. But she chose peace over money and went for an early settlement with the 82-time PGA Tour champ. The divorce and cheating scandals were already a lot to bear in 2009 and finally, through a split, she got her sanity back. As of now, both have moved on in their lives and dated other people after the divorce

Things unraveled quickly for Tiger Woods at the Genesis Invitational.

The first round ended on a disappointing note because of a shank. Whereas, the second round was cut short courtesy of a sudden withdrawal. The former World No. 1 carded 1-over 72 in the first round, and was 1-over par through the seventh hole on Friday.

Whether Woods could’ve made the cut or not remains an open question. The Hall of Famer ranked at the bottom in Greens in Regulation, Strokes Gained, and Driving Accuracy. Nevertheless, as he was finally carted off the course, we look at how it all went down at Riviera.

Tiger Woods Sunday Red Golf

Tiger Woods failed to break par on his first official PGA Tour event since last year’s Masters thanks to a shank on the 18th. Woods’s approach veered right towards the eucalyptus tree lines. Speaking on it later, the 15-time Major Champion said, “My back spasmed on it. It had been spasming over the last three holes and it just locked up on me and didn’t move, didn’t rotate.

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In the same interview, the 48-year-old said that there was still some rust that needed to be dusted off. “I’m going to be rusty and I have to do a better job at home prepping. We need to do a better job with lifting and treating and continuation of rehab protocols, all those things. I just haven’t done it in a while.” The fast greens at Riviera caught him off guard as well.

Woods was seen using a golf cart, something he once dreaded doing. On-ground reports reveal that the veteran golfer had to visit restrooms in between his shots. After Woods was carted off the course to the clubhouse, a paramedic truck and ambulance reached Riviera. The fear was that the 82-time PGA Tour winner might have injured his back again. That, however, proved only to be a precautionary measure from doctors.

When Gary Woodland came for the media interaction, the first question was about his playing mate, Tiger Woods. Woodland spoke candidly, revealing what he saw and felt.  “I saw it, he obviously wasn’t himself, just didn’t look right. Saw that before the round started. It sucks… He definitely was trying to fight through it and I hope he’s all right,” said the 39-year-old in the media interaction after the second round.

Rob McNamara, a long-time friend of Tiger Woods and the executive VP of TGR, cleared the air. McNamara clarified that Woods didn’t suffer any back injury. Rather, he was down with a fever since last night. Friday morning looked better, but “then when he got out there and was walking and playing, he started feeling dizzy.” He was given IV but was not in a position to continue for the rest of the round.

There hasn’t been any official statement from the veteran golfer. Tiger Woods said in December that he would tee off once a year going forward. Now that his first event went awry, it remains to be seen if there is a change of plan.

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Chris Wright’s U.K.-based website typically draws about 35 to 40 visitors per day. So when more than 500 times that number — or roughly 20,000 people — found his site on Tuesday, Wright knew something was up.

And that something wasn’t difficult to identify.

But first, some backstory.

About seven years ago, when Wright was in his late 20s, he and a friend — over pints near their London-area homes — decided they should be playing more golf. They committed to playing once a month and soon found a band of like-minded souls to join them. Several months later, Wright and seven of his golf pals took a buddies’ trip to Portugal. The only thing better than the golf, weather and food was the camaraderie, which got Wright thinking: “Why doesn’t this exist on a larger scale with a group of people who love golf and want to just hang out together and get better?”

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Wright’s friends agreed with his sentiment, which was all the encouragement he needed to get cracking on building a large-scale and welcoming-to-all community of golfers who could connect online to talk about the game but also meet up in person for events. Wright’s breezy mission statement summarizes his vision this way: “…mates, competition, banter, some crap golf, the odd bit of good golf and great courses!”

Also helping his efforts, at least in small part, was a catchy name for his community that was a nod to a certain 15-time major winner: Sunday Red Golf.

Even if you only casually follow the game, it’s likely you caught wind earlier this week of Tiger Woods and TaylorMade’s new apparel brand. Woods, who parted ways with Nike at the end of last year, had been teasing his new line for weeks but didn’t officially launch it until Monday evening in Los Angeles. At an event hosted by Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews, Woods and TaylorMade CEO David Abeles were all smiles as they talked through the origin story of their clothing partnership. In large letters on a screen behind them was the brand’s name: Sun Day Red.

If Sun Day Red sounds and looks a lot like Sunday Red, that’s because all that differentiates the two terms is one tap of the space bar.

Alot has changed about Tiger Woods as he makes his latest return at the 2024 Genesis Invitational, but one thing hasn’t, and likely never will: his singular focus on winning.

Despite his age, and the pileup of injuries over the years, Woods still thinks he can win. Even this week. At a course where he has never won. In fact, it’s that detail — that he has never won a tournament at Riviera Country Club, where he made his Tour debut — which seems to be providing extra motivation for the 15-time major champion, who is otherwise just grateful to be competing on Tour again.

And that was on full display during his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday, where his winless record at Riviera was on his mind early and often.

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Take his response to the moderator’s innocent question about Tiger’s goal for the week, just moments after the session began.

“A nice W would be nice, right? I haven’t ever won this event,” Woods responded. “I played in this event since ’92 and the years I’ve played I still have never won this event. Hopefully I can figure something out and get myself in there in contention and maybe get a W at the end of the week.”

Including his debut as a 16-year-old at what was then called the Nissan Open, Woods, who grew up in the L.A. area, has made 14 Tours starts at Riviera. He’s missed the cut three times, though two of those were when he was still a teenager. He’s recorded 8 top-25 finishes, among them three top 10s.

But why hasn’t Tiger, winner of 82 PGA Tour events, ever lifted a trophy at historic Riviera, where he now hosts the tournament that benefits his TGR Foundation?

He provided some detailed insight into that question on Wednesday, placing the blame primarily on his putting performances.

“I have traditionally not putted well here,” Woods said. “This is a fader’s delight, most of the holes are, for a righty, run left to right. I’ve driven it well here. There are small greens and traditionally throughout my entire career my iron game has been pretty good, but I have never really gotten hot with the putter at this course. Generally they’re bumpy poa, so it’s been a little bit tricky.”

Woods is famous for a near-immaculate memory of every tournament he’s played, and every shot he’s hit in every tournament. He flashed that sterling knack for recall, too, remembering the closest he came to winning at Riviera, at the 1999 Nissan Open, when he finished runner-up to Ernie Els.

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“For some reason it just has never compiled to a hot week. I had one where I had a chance, I guess Ernie [Els], and hit a foul ball on the last hole,” Woods recalled. “Other than that, I really haven’t had that many opportunities for some reason.”

Later in the press conference, Tiger spoke on the subject for a final time, when asked if his record at Riviera had caused any frustration.

“It is frustrating in the sense that this is a golf course that has been to me been very comfortable visually,” Woods replied. “As I said, it’s a fader’s delight from the tee shots and I have, as I said, been a pretty good iron player, but for some reason I just haven’t put it together at this event other than one time with a chance. For some reason it just hasn’t happened.”

But he finished on an optimistic, familiar note.

“Hopefully, it will be this week.”

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On Thursday at the 2024 Genesis Invitational, 15-time major champion Tiger Woods is making his official return to the PGA Tour after being sidelined for nearly a year.

Below you can find Tiger Woods’ tee time for the first round, along with information on how to watch the Genesis.

Tiger Woods’ Thursday tee time

Because the Genesis Invitational does not feature a cut, we’ll get to see Tiger Woods in real PGA Tour competition for four rounds this week, barring injury. But it all gets started on Thursday.

Tuesday afternoon, Woods announced his tee times for Thursday and Friday on X.

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For the first round, Woods will tee off at 12:25 p.m. ET. For Round 2 on Friday, he’ll get started at 2:54 p.m. ET. He’ll play the first two rounds with Justin Thomas and Gary Woodland.

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Given that he’s also the tournament host, you’ll likely be seeing a lot of Tiger all week long, no doubt decked out in his newly-announced Sun Day Red apparel.

How to watch Tiger Woods at Genesis Invitational

Fortunately for fans hoping to catch as much of Tiger’s play on the course as possible this week, the Genesis Invitational features extensive coverage online and on TV.

PGA Tour Live on ESPN+ will provide hours of exclusive early coverage of all four rounds. ESPN+ streaming coverage will run from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET on Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. ET on Sunday. So when Tiger is on the course outside of the TV coverage, you’ll still get to watch him play.

The TV coverage will be provided by Golf Channel and CBS, with Golf Channel opening the coverage on Thursday and Friday at 4 p.m. ET, and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. CBS will air the primary weekend broadcasts beginning on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

You can view the complete tee times for the first round of the Genesis Invitational below.

2024 Genesis Invitational Thursday tee times (ET)

Tee No. 1

10:20 a.m. – Nicolai Højgaard, Chase Johnson
10:32 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Beau Hossler, Ben Griffin
10:44 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Byeong Hun An, Adam Schenk
10:56 a.m. – Emiliano Grillo, Russell Henley, Sungjae Im
11:08 a.m. – Keegan Bradley, Tom Hoge, Harris English
11:20 a.m. – Chris Kirk, Corey Conners, J.T. Poston
11:32 a.m. – Adam Svensson, Seamus Power, Denny McCarthy
11:44 a.m. – Cam Davis, Adam Hadwin, Cameron Young
12:01 p.m. – Nick Taylor, Viktor Hovland, Sam Burns
12:13 p.m. – Tom Kim, Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth
12:25 p.m. – Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods, Gary Woodland
12:37 p.m. – Ludvig Åberg, Nick Hardy, Christiaan Bezuidenhout
12:49 p.m. – Nick Dunlap, Grayson Murray
1:01 p.m. – Will Zalatoris, Matt Kuchar, Sam Ryder
1:13 p.m. – Luke List, J.J. Spaun, Kevin Yu
1:25 p.m. – Jason Day, Tony Finau, Brendon Todd
1:42 p.m. – Lee Hodges, Brian Harman, Hideki Matsuyama
1:54 p.m. – Sepp Straka, Si Woo Kim, Andrew Putnam
2:06 p.m. – Rickie Fowler, Mackenzie Hughes, Patrick Rodgers
2:18 p.m. – Taylor Moore, Kurt Kitayama, Eric Cole
2:30 p.m. – Sahith Theegala, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood
2:42 p.m. – Collin Morikawa, Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler
2:54 p.m. – Wyndham Clark, Rory McIlroy, Max Homa
3:06 p.m. – Adam Scott, Alex Smalley, Taylor Montgomery

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Charley Hoffman charged up the leaderboard at the WM Phoenix Open over the weekend, and now he’s earned himself another start — to a tournament to which he originally hadn’t been invited.

Hoffman, 47, has won more than $34 million in his career, but he made just 13 of 31 cuts last season and didn’t record a top 10. He finished 137th in the FedEx Cup standings, so he was forced to play this season on his top 50 career money exemption.

He failed to finish in the top 40 in his first three starts of the year and entered this week ranked 300th in the world. But then? He fired weekend rounds of 64 to nearly win the WM Phoenix Open, losing in a playoff to Nick Taylor.

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“I didn’t really falter, so I’ve got to give Nick credit,” Hoffman said Sunday in Phoenix. “He came back with birdies on 16 and 18 and then 18 and 18 (in the playoff). He birdied four of the last five holes he played. Hats off to him for doing that. I played my butt off. I gave myself a chance. But I love the juices. I love competing. This builds a little fire in the belly. I definitely want to be back here.”

Part of what slowed Hoffman last year was his health, but he said that started to get better toward the end of last season. He said it’s been a long process.

“My back has been bad and just a lot of maintenance, and it’s been nice to be able to show up every week and be able to practice and play and not just hopefully get a start and get in the round,” he said. “I can’t compete against these guys with a sore back, but if I’m healthy, I’ve still got it.

“I want to kick all these young guys’ butts, believe me,” he said. “I sit back and I want to beat them. I want to be in these Signature Events. I want to be one of the best in the world again. If I’m healthy I can compete, and I want to show these guys I’ve still got it.”

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Problem is, getting into Signature Events isn’t easy. The PGA Tour introduced Designated Events last season. Tweaks were made for 2024, and now there are eight — renamed Signature Events — with smaller fields and many with no cuts. They are big-money tournaments with lots of status to be gained, but there’s also fewer spots for pros — like Hoffman — to claim. In fact, fresh Hoffman’s his runner-up finish at the WM Phoenix Open, this week’s Genesis Invitational, hosted by Tiger Woods, wasn’t even on Hoffman’s radar. That is until a reporter updated him on his schedule for this week.

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Conditioned by physical repercussions, 48-year-old Tiger Woods has barely played six official tournaments since the serious car accident he suffered in February 2021.

The former world number 1 was on the verge of losing his right leg, but Tiger not only saved it but also managed to return to competition, albeit with a greatly reduced schedule.

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Woods last played in December, when he participated in the Hero World Challenge and the PNC Championship, the latter being a team event that Tiger played alongside his son Charlie. “I’ll be able to walk and play.

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I’ve worked hard and have been able to recover. It’s been great to be able to train every day and dispel some of the doubts I had,” Woods affirmed at the time. The ‘Tiger’ gave these explanations as he reappeared after more than seven months off since his last ankle surgery in April 2023, when he withdrew before the start of the third round of the Masters, currently the last official PGA Tour event he has played.

Ten months after his participation in Augusta, Woods announced on Wednesday that he will return next week to the American tour at The Genesis Invitational, the tournament he organizes every year on behalf of his Foundation at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

The reigning champion of the Genesis is Jon Rahm, but the Basque golfer will not be able to defend his title because the PGA Tour sidelined him from the American circuit after announcing his signing with LIV Golf, the wealthy and controversial Saudi Super League.

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Just like last year, therefore, Woods will start his season at The Genesis Invitational, endowed with 20 million dollars in prizes, four of them for the champion, the same prize awarded to the individual winner of LIV Golf tournaments.

Woods stated in December that he would try to play one tournament per month in 2024, but always subject to his body’s response and with the main objectives being the Grand Slam events, the first of which is the Masters at Augusta (April 11-14).

Woods shares with Sam Snead the record of 82 PGA titles, including 15 majors, three fewer than his compatriot Jack Nicklaus, whose absolute record of 18 remains intact.

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