After suggesting he might be interested in a tune-up tournament one week before defending his title at The Masters, Tiger Woods has elected on a lighter schedule instead before heading into the postponed major tournament.
According to Golf Digest, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg said Tuesday that Woods no longer is considering playing in the Nov. 5-8 Vivint Houston Open. The Masters is scheduled for Nov. 12-15 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.
The 44-year-old, 15-time major winner rarely plays in a tournament the week before a major.
Woods played at last week's Zozo Championship just outside of Los Angeles, and while he made the cut thanks to a 6-under 66 in Round 2, he finished in a tie for 72nd place at 1-under for 72 holes. He then hinted at playing in Houston.
"I'll make the decision soon," Woods said Sunday. "I'm not going to wait around on that decision and commit either way, one way or the other. ... I'll make a decision quickly on whether or not I'm going to play Houston or not."
It was just the second tournament Woods has played in since the 2020-21 season started in September. He did not make the cut at the U.S. Open last month after finishing his opening two rounds at 10-over.
Woods instead will prepare for The Masters near his home in Florida.
--Field Level Media