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Golf: Tiger says decision on Honda Classic depends on soreness

(Reuters) – Tiger Woods has not made any enjoying commitments past this week’s Genesis Open and the previous world primary mentioned on Tuesday his decision on whether or not to compete subsequent week will rely on his degree of soreness.

Woods, who made the reduce final month at Torrey Pines in his solely aggressive begin since coming back from harm, has till after his second spherical on Friday to decide to the Feb. 22-25 Honda Classic, which will probably be performed close to his Florida house.

“It’d be a great sign if I do play,” Woods advised reporters at Riviera, “And I think it’d be a smart sign if I don’t play.”

Woods, who will probably be paired with Rory McIlroy and reigning Player of the Year Justin Thomas for the primary two rounds this week at Riviera, has taken a cautious strategy in his comeback.

He returned final December for an 18-man exhibition after a close to 10-month layoff throughout which he had spinal fusion surgical procedure, after which made his PGA Tour return eight weeks later.

Woods completed joint 23rd at Torrey Pines and the way in which he obtained across the course was encouraging, particularly contemplating he missed the reduce on the identical occasion in 2017 when his again betrayed him after which withdrew after one spherical the subsequent week in Dubai and was out till December.

The 14-times main winner acknowledged on Tuesday that he felt sore after enjoying 4 rounds at Torrey Pines this 12 months however that this time it was not his again that bothered him.

”My ft,“ said Woods. ”I‘m not used to strolling. I‘m used to being in a cart enjoying 36 holes.

“It’s a good sore, it’s just different.”

Should the 42-year-old Woods sit out subsequent week, it might restrict the variety of tournaments he might play to arrange for the April 5-Eight Masters, the 12 months’s first main.

The week following the Honda Classic is the WGC-Mexico Championship, for which Woods is just not eligible. The Valspar Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational, the place he’s an eight-times winner, come subsequent.

After that’s the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, for which Woods can also be not eligible, after which the Houston Open, which is the ultimate Masters tuneup. Woods, nonetheless, has by no means performed the occasion or the week earlier than the 12 months’s first main.

Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Tom Hayward

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