Tiger Woods commits to Players and AT&T National; what about the Memorial?
Golfers, like most athletes, tend to be creatures of habit. They’ll wake up at the same time each morning during a tournament week (unless your name is Anthony Kim); roll the same putter for years if it’s working for them; and play courses they’ve historically had success on.
Tiger Woods is a creature of habit. Everyone figured that out when he committed to the Quail Hollow Championship last week, a course he’s had success on in the past. Golf World’s Ron Sirak noted yesterday that Woods would most likely go back to his old schedule after Quail Hollow. And he did, announcing earlier today that he’d be entering the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the AT&T National, a tournament Woods used to host when he was an AT&T sponsor.
If anything, the biggest difference between his commitments to these events this year from the past was the timing of the announcement. Woods has historically been a last-minute commit to tournaments, waiting until the deadline to announce his decision. That leaves tournaments in a very tough spot when he does decide to play.
The good thing, however, is that he’s usually played the same events every season. His creature of habit mentality leaves more than enough time for those select tournaments to prepare for his arrival. But it looks like things could be changing this season. His decision to commit to the Players, a tournament that doesn’t start until the beginning of May, and the AT&T National, an event that’s not until July, signal what could be a new side of Woods.
What could be a little disconcerting, however, is his decision to announce his commitments two events he’s played in the past and one of those two not be the Memorial. Jack’s tournament has always been on his schedule, so maybe he’s waiting a couple of weeks before he confirms.
Even still, it does seem a bit odd that he’d commit to a tournament in July (the sponsor severed ties) and not one in June. I may be over-analyzing things, but you have to wonder if the relationship between Jack and Tiger has strained a bit since his scandal.
We all know Tiger skipped out on Arnold’s tournament because he wasn’t ready to play a professional event. But could he really skip Jack’s tournament as well? I know there were a bunch of older players on tour who were none too pleased to hear about Tiger’s dalliances (see: Tom Watson). Could this be his way of avoiding his idols after an embarrassing situation?
Who knows for sure. Quite honestly, I’m may be grasping at straws at this point. But I still find it funny that he chose to announce the Players and AT&T National as his next events — and not the Memorial. I guess we’ll see if things change in the coming weeks with regards to Jack’s event.