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.
Field data exists for each PGA TOUR event since 2000. No tournament in that span has featured more TOUR winners than the 114 in the field for next week's RBC Heritage.
And for the second consecutive week, the top five players in the OWGR are set to compete.
Full field: pic.twitter.com/5R8TUbGOSc
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) June 12, 2020
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.