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Tiger Woods

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 12/30/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185

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In a change of plans, Tiger Woods has announced he will no longer be in the field at next week's Genesis Open or the Honda Classic the week after, citing ongoing back spasms that forced him to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
In his official statement on, he said, "My doctors have advised me not to play the next two weeks, to continue my treatment and to let my back calm down." The initial comeback schedule is proving to be a bit aggressive as he originally planned to play four times in a five-week period. The goal is still to round into form ahead of the Masters, but that is getting harder and harder to do without competitive rounds. UPDATE: Woods provided an update on his website, saying "Unfortunately, due to ongoing rest and rehabilitation on my back, I won't be able to play in this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational. I'm especially disappointed because I wanted to be at Bay Hill to help honor Arnold. This is one event I didn't want to skip." His timetable for return remains a mystery. Feb 10 - 10:17 AM

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Tiger Woods was forced to withdraw from the Omega Dubai Desert Classic before Friday's second round due to spasms in his lower back.

It was hard to tell at times whether Tiger's pain was mental or physical after he opened with a non-birdie 77 on Thursday which left him 12 shots behind leader Sergio Garcia. Woods insisted all was fine body-wise but opted to withdraw on Friday morning. His agent, Mark Steinberg, explained: "He said he was okay and went into a spasm in his lower back, fairly late last night after dinner. He had treatment starting pretty early this morning for probably the past three, three and a half hours. He says it's not the nerve pain that's kept him out for so long. He says it's a back spasm and he just can't get the spasm to calm down. So that's where we are. He can move around, he can't make a full rotation on the swing. The fact that he feels as though it's not the nerve pain, that's very encouraging for him." Tiger was due to take part in next week's Genesis Open at Riviera (Feb 16-19) so we'll wait for further news on that.
Feb 3 - 3:38 AM

Tiger Woods is a two-time winner of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and returns to Emirates GC in the United Arab Emirates this week to play the event for the eighth time.

Despite insisting he's here to win, expectations need to be realistic. Woods arrives as World No. 666 and missed the cut in last week's Farmers Insurance Open when making his first "official" PGA TOUR start for 19 months. Woods didn't disgrace himself by shooting 76-72 but it was four too many to make the weekend. This will be his first European Tour appearance since the 2015 PGA Championship and first start in a regular European Tour event since T41 in this very tournament in 2014. He was still World No. 1 at the time having come off a five-win season in 2013. The 14-time major winner won this event in 2006 and 2008 and has three other top five finishes in his eight starts. The predicted high winds could make life tough for a still rusty Tiger although most UK bookies have him around 40/1 in the betting. He'll play alongside Masters champion Danny Willett and Matt Fitzpatrick in the first two rounds, starting from the 10th tee at 08:15 Thursday.
Feb 1 - 9:04 AM

With rounds of 76 (South Course) and 72, 7-time champ and World No. 663 Tiger Woods missed the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open by four shots on 4-over 148.

This was Woods' first "official" start on TOUR since T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship nearly 19 months ago. Paired the first two laps with World No. 1 Jason Day and World No. 3 Dustin Johnson, all three of whom missed the cut, he managed just two birdie-4s against a pair of bogey-4s in R2 on the North Course at Torrey Pines. On the short work week, the 41-year-old carded five birdies against seven bogeys and one double bogey-6, and found just half (of 28) fairways and 55.56 percent of the greens in regulation (20/36). In 16 visits to the Farmers, this is his first missed 36-hole cut, but did miss his first-ever secondary 54-hole cut in 2014 and WD during R1 in 2015 with a back injury.
Jan 28 - 5:55 AM

79-time PGA TOUR winner Tiger Woods makes his season debut and 328th career start at the Farmers Insurance Open in La Jolla, California, his first official TOUR action since T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship 75 weeks ago, and kicks off at 10:40 a.m. PT on the South Course at Torrey Pines with World No. 1 Jason Day and World No. 3 Dustin Johnson.

The California native's 4-shot win here in 2013 (as the 36- and 54-hole leader) came in his season debut and was the first (of five) wins that year en route to Player of the Year honors. It was his 75th TOUR title in 294 career starts (280 pro), came as the World No. 2, and was his seventh Farmers victory in 13 tries, becoming the first player in TOUR history to win on the same golf course eight times (2008, U.S. Open). The 41-year-old shares the tournament record of 22-under 266 and holds the course record on Torrey Pines South of 10-under 62, both occurring in 1999, though the par-72 South Course played 698 yards shorter then. He checks in this week at World No. 663 and arrives off a 15th-place finish (of 17) at the unofficial Hero World Challenge eight weeks ago (73-65-70-76). Woods was a T80/MDF in 2014 (72-71-79), missing a secondary 54-hole cut for the first time in his career, and WD during R1 in 2015 (back).
Jan 25 - 7:49 AM

Tournament host and 5-time champion Tiger Woods bobbed and weaved to a 4-over-par 36-40=76 in the final round of the 18th Hero World Challenge to post 4-under 284, down five places to solo 15th (of 17 players), 14 in arrears to champion Hideki Matsuyama.

The 40-year-old, who celebrates his birthday Dec. 30th, began the final frame in solo 10th on 8-under after opening his 15th appearance in 73, bogey-free 65, and 70. He circled five birdies, including three straight on Nos. 7-9 and back-to-backs on 14 and 15, but outbalanced them with three bogeys and three doubles, eventually carding the worst round of the day. For the week, the 79-time TOUR winner carded a field-best 24 birdies, but gave 20 of those back with eight bogeys and a field-worst six doubles. This was Woods' first competitive action in 466 days and while an unofficial TOUR event, the World No. 898 does collect 4.38 world-ranking points and jumps 248 places to No. 650.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Tiger Woods looked to be in full form today, styling a bogey-free, 7-under-par 33-32=65 during round two of the Hero World Challenge, raising seven spots up to T10 on the live leaderboard with play still in progress.

Woods looked good in his opening round, but a double-par-double finish ruined the sparkle of the round. That placed him in 17th place (of 18) after day one. With Justin Rose withdrawing before the round, Woods went out solo today and completed his round in just under three hours. He found 15 greens in regulation, but he really kept the momentum rolling with key par-savers throughout the round, making good use of the Scotty Cameron that is back in his bag. At 898th in the Official World Golf Rankings, the 40-year-old will be skyrocketing up the rankings if this round is any indication of the Woods we will see in 2017. This blemish-free navigation of Albany will have his stock symbol pointing upwards regardless of how he finishes out the week.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 02:32:00 PM

Tiger Woods is set to return from a 15-month recess as he readies for this week's Hero World Challenge.

While the drama of his returns always draw a lot of eyeballs, the stakes are rather low this week as he's guaranteed a six-figure paycheck in this 18-man, no-cut, unofficial event played at a resort in which he owns property. The 79-time PGA TOUR winner is returning to competitive golf for the first time since his microdiscectomy which took place in September of 2015. Instead of rushing back from injury like years past, Woods was determined to get back to 100% physically this time around, taking 466 days off since his last tournament action (T10, 2015 Wyndham Championship). With just four top 25s since the start of 2014 (18 starts), his stock has nowhere to go but up. Gamers should remain cautiously optimistic as they watch the return very closely this week.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 02:46:00 PM

The return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf will be put on the shelf a bit longer as he pulled his name from the field at this week's Safeway Open.

Woods is still listed in the field for now but Tim Rosaforte of Golf Channel has reported the intentions of Woods' impending WD. The 79-time PGA TOUR winner has still not pegged it up in competition since the 2015 Wyndham Championship and doesn't feel ready to compete. Given his recent commitment to this event, it appears he is close but not quite there. The initial statement from said he hoped to play the Safeway Open, leaving open the possibility that he wouldn't be ready come tournament time. UPDATE: Woods released a statement on his website that included the following, "After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be."
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Tiger Woods announced his hopeful return to competitive golf, citing the Safeway Open as his first scheduled event this fall.

Woods alerted his fans via Twitter and his personal website by saying, "Hoping to play in Napa, Turkey, and Hero in the Bahamas. Can't wait to compete again." That would pinpoint his return to October 13rd at the Safeway Open. He's previously played the event once, a T30 back in 2011, played at CordeValle GC that season. The 40-year-old was last seen on the PGA TOUR at the 2015 Wyndham Championship before undergoing surgery. Instead of rushing himself back like in years past, Woods has taken the entire 2015-16 season off to rehab and get back to playing shape. While he hasn't won on TOUR since the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone, he's only teed it up in 24 events since then. Gamers should look to target Woods immediately but also be aware of the potential rust factor.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 11:35:00 AM

Tiger Woods withdrew his name from next week's PGA Championship field, and will continue to rehab in hopes of returning during the 2016-17 season.

Rumors have been swirling all year about when Woods will return from injury, but it now appears it's no time soon. His agent, Mark Steinberg, reported to a bit more on his status by saying, "Continuing to make progress, but simply not ready for PGA. Will not play in the '15/'16 season and will continue to rehab and work hard to then assess when he starts play for the '16/'17 season." On the bright side, he says "when" he starts to play in 2016-17 and not "if". The 79-time PGA TOUR winner was last seen in competitive action posting a T10 at the 2015 Wyndham Championship in a last-ditch effort to make the 2015 FedExCup Playoffs.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 05:46:00 PM

Tiger Woods has removed himself from the published field at next week's Masters Tournament.

Woods made the announcement via his Twitter feed (link below) and He revealed back on September 18, 2015 that he had undergone a microdiscectomy, the same surgery he had on March 31, 2014 and a week later would miss the Masters for the first time in 20 years. The 40-year-old, down to No. 472 in the Official World Golf Ranking, stated that he is training daily, but that playing Augusta next week wouldn't be the right decision. His last action on TOUR was a T10 at the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 08:41:00 PM

In his presser for this week's Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods conveyed essentially that nothing has changed since having a follow-up procedure in late October to his microdiscectomy in mid-September.

The Tiger Woods Foundation hosts and benefits from the 18-man tournament at Albany in The Bahamas. The 14-time major champion announced on Oct. 30 that he wouldn't compete due to his ongoing health woes. He has no timetable for a return to competition. "That's the hardest part for me," he said. "There's really nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build towards. It's literally just day by day and week by week and time by time. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel? I don't know." At this point, Woods' only positive fantasy value seems to sit in salary formats for 2016-17, but even that is a hopeful projection.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 04:38:00 PM

In the latest announcement at, Woods revealed today that he had a follow-up procedure to his second microdiscectomy in mid-September.

The site stated that this time spent under the knife in Utah was intended to "relieve discomfort." His return to competition remains undetermined. "It's one of those things that had to be done," said Woods. "I have an outstanding team of doctors, and I'll be back as soon as I can." His next public appearance is scheduled to be the Hero World Challenge on Dec. 3-6. Its benefiting charity is the Tiger Woods Foundation. The 14-time major champion will turn 40 years of age two months from today. Unless you have a keeper provision, he doesn't deserve to occupy a spot on any long-range fantasy roster.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 06:40:00 PM

Tiger Woods announced on his website today that he underwent a microdiscectomy on Wednesday in Utah.

This is the same surgery that the 14-time major champion had on March 31, 2014. "With the upcoming offseason, the decision was made to remove a small disc fragment that was pinching his nerve," said Dr. Charles Rich, the same surgeon who performed the first procedure. "The microsurgery was a complete success, and he was discharged Thursday night." Woods had experienced some soreness in recent weeks and opted to take care of it now. His original schedule included a start at next month's Open, but he'll instead be out until at least 2016. "This is certainly disappointing, but I'm a fighter," Woods said. "I've been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will. ... I appreciate the fans' concern and support. This is unfortunate, but these things happen. I've been injured before and played again. It won't be any different this time." While he'll always be a Life Member of the PGA TOUR, he's fully exempt through 2017-18.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 06:48:00 PM