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Hours Before Crucial $25M Decision, Unfortunate Report Crushes 47-Year-Old Tiger Woods’ Hopes

Published 03/03/2023, 9:57 AM EST

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Of late, Tiger Woods has spent a lot more time recovering from injuries than he has been on the course. Things had started looking up when he finally took to the course at a PGA Tour event two weeks ago. But following the Genesis Invitational, the rollercoaster seems to have taken a plunge once more. Ever since the tournament ended, the 47-year-old was faced with a crucial choice, one that could cost him $25 million, but the golf pro hasn’t been heard from since. Now, time seems to be running out!

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Woods’ bleak chances on the PGA Tour

It has been over two weeks since the golf legend headed out on the Riviera. The four days of him playing professionally on the Tour just flew by for the golf fans, and they certainly wanted more. Ever since Woods headed home after his 45th-place finish last week, he hasn’t been heard from. Many suggested that he would play at The Players Championship, but alas, that might just not be the case!


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As per his predicted schedule, the 82-time PGA Tour champion was to participate in the Genesis Invitational this year, followed by the Players Championship, and then the four majors. While he fulfilled the first event for this year on his schedule, the second now seems more and more unlikely by the minute.


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To make things worse, Todd Lewis, a reporter for Golf Channel and NBC, recently reported that the golf legend’s recovery post-Riviera event hasn’t been great. “The recovery for @TigerWoods after @thegenesisinv has been challenging and today we find out how much so,” he tweeted.


According to the rules, players competing in next week’s Tour event must confirm their spot on the field by Friday, 5 p.m. this week. That’s today! And the 47-year-old seems to be missing from the face of the earth.

When will Tiger Woods return to the golf course?

If the $25 million event next week does not see the golf champion take to its course, it could only mean one thing: that he hasn’t yet recovered enough to play. While Tiger Woods often pushes his body’s limits, he now knows that he needs to save up his strength for what matters most. And to him, in golf, that’s just one thing – the majors!


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The 15-time major winner has mentioned many times in the past that the major championships are his priority in the game. Considering that, if he fails to commit to The Players Championship in the next few hours, then fans can almost certainly expect to see him next month at Augusta.

But April, despite being only a month away, is too far away for the eager fans, and they certainly will sit crossing their fingers and praying for a miracle until the deadline passes today. Do you think their prayers will be answered? 


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Sheldon Pereira

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Sheldon is a golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is a business graduate from Christ University with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He also has experience as a Senior Audit Associate at an MNC, but his love for writing drove him towards his dream, and he switched careers.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui