Tiger Woods not playing next week in Hilton Head

Tiger Woods
(Tiger Woods tees off on the 18th hole during the final round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang) RYAN KANG AP)

By: Ron Mintz

The deadline each week for players to commit to play in the event the following week is 5 pm on Friday.  5 pm passed today and Tiger Woods name was not on the list of those committed to play in the RBC Heritage next week.

It shouldn’t be a surprise since the last time Woods played in Hilton Head was in 1999.  But this season was different.

After a shutdown of the PGA Tour for ninety-one days and Woods not playing this week in the Charles Schwab Challenge at iconic Colonial CC, many thought he might make the trip to the coast of South Carolina.

Adding to that possibility, his private yacht, Privacy, was spotted near Savannah and many thoughts headed to Hilton Head.

Despite the absence of Woods and Mickelson, next weeks field is one of the strongest in the history of the tournament, and like this week in Fort Worth has the top five in the Official World Golf Rankings playing.

Add to that an incredible list of 114 players who have won at least once on the PGA Tour and for the second week in a row, the PGA Tour is hot, and not just because of 98-degree heat in Texas.

As for Woods, no one knows when he will return. He last played at the Genesis Invitational on Feb. 16.

The next likely start would be The Memorial in July where he has won five times.

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