Tiger Woods told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday that he plans to play the Masters in three weeks despite a strained Achilles that he sustained in his final round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship last Sunday.
“I’ll be there. Don’t worry about it,” Woods said when asked whether the injury, which forced him to withdraw after teeing off on the 12th hole on Sunday at Doral, might sideline him for the year’s first major.
Woods also did not rule out playing in next week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he is a six-time winner of the event he commonly uses as a final tune-up before Augusta. He finished tied for 24th last year at Bay Hill.
“The stiffness is gone,” Woods said. “Hopefully, I’ll be ready next week.”
PGA Tour to discuss new schedule next weekThe PGA Tour’s policy board will meet next week at Bay Hill to discuss significant changes to the PGA Tour schedule, which is also expected to include an overhaul of Q-School. Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard has more.
The new plan – which was granted initial approval at the board’s meeting last October but needs a second vote to become policy – would feature the top 75 players off the regular-season Nationwide Tour money list and Nos. 126-200 in PGA Tour earning in a three-event series. The top 50 players after the series finale would earn Tour cards.
The reasons behind the realignment are twofold. The Tour is hoping the changes will make the secondary circuit more appealing to a potential umbrella sponsor to replace Nationwide, which is pulling its sponsorship after this season, and needs to condense the qualifying process to introduce a split-calendar schedule, which the board will also address at next week’s meeting.
That “split schedule” could start soon and would make the Fall Series the start of the Tour’s calendar year.
The new split-calendar schedule, which could begin as early at 2013, would likely start with the Frys.com Open and include the existing Fall Series events, WGC-HSBC Champions and Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia.
Bringing these events into the FedEx Cup portion of the schedule is certain to appease sponsors that were not pleased with their second-tier status and allow the Tour to make the HSBC an official money event. The move isn’t likely to draw more top players to the fall events, but it’s not going to attract any less.
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