August 29, 2011
No doubt about it, 2011 has been a long, strange trip for Tiger Woods. Following his first missed cut of his career at the PGA Championship, many wondered if we'd see Woods tee it up again on the PGA Tour this year.
Normally, the end of the major championship season and the start of the FedEx Cup meant we'd only have four more opportunities to see Tiger Woods before the end of the season. But nothing about this year has been normal for Woods.
For the first time in his career, he missed out on the FedEx Cup, leaving many to assume he was hanging up the clubs until the Australian Open and then, hopefully, the Presidents Cup. But then Woods wrote on his blog that he "might add another PGA Tour event" to his schedule, leaving many to speculate if it had something to do with comments Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples made about Woods needing more reps to make the team.
"I always enjoy competing in my home state, and this tournament fits my schedule perfectly," Woods said on his site. "I'm looking forward to seeing some old friends."
Like Woods' season, the decision to play in California was unexpected. Many had assumed he would've picked Las Vegas -- where he captured his first tour victory -- or Disney -- close to his home and a site he's had success at in the past -- as a possible site for a final PGA Tour appearance before the Presidents Cup.
Instead, Woods chose a California course that he's never played before. The course is close to Stanford, where Woods went to school, so I guess playing a relative home game makes sense. Even still, I'm not sure many expected Woods to play a Fall Series event, especially after Couples' announcement.
But 2011 is completely different from any other Tiger Woods has played on the PGA Tour. It looks like we'll get to see Woods one last time. In a Fall Series event. Try and wrap your head around those words.