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“Is Tiger Woods playing this week?” you ask. Yep. As of now, Tiger Woods only has two more tournaments he’s scheduled to play on Tour this season:
- the Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, VA, next week Jul. 30 – Aug. 3
- the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI, three weeks from now Aug. 13-17
Tiger needs a strong finish at Quicken Loans to get into the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational the week after, which he doesn’t qualify for at the moment. If he doesn’t play well enough in his next few events, he won’t get into the FedExCup playoffs either, which consist of four tournaments that run from late August through September.
So, what’s going to happen next week at the Quicken Loans National? Will he find some form and pull out a top-10 finish? Top-5? Will he win? Or will he miss the cut for the third time in his past four events?
No matter how bad Tiger’s game looks, I still wouldn’t ever count him out of any golf tournament. He’s said in interviews and press conferences that he feels like he’s “close” and although it does seem at times like he’s a bit delusional, I feel like I have to take his word for something.
At the Greenbrier Classic a few weeks ago, he finished first in the field in proximity to the hole on Sunday (around 24 feet). That’s certainly a good sign, and who’s to say he can’t recapture that form some time before the season ends? He’s no doubt been working hard on his game since his missed cut at the Open Championship.
Something in my gut tells me, however, that his mediocre play is going to continue for some time. Will he ever play well enough to contend again? Maybe… probably. But all signs point to this being a lost season for Tiger in which he’ll have to try again in 2016. He’s still going through a swing change, after all.
What do you think about Tiger’s prospects for the rest of the season, including the final major of the year? Do you think he’ll find some game or miss more cuts? Leave a comment below!