Tiger Woods isn't going to spend a lot of time away from the golf course after his flop at the 2012 Masters. The biggest star in the world of golf has announced his plans to play at several tournaments in the coming weeks.
Woods will play in the Wells Fargo Championship starting on May 3 and the Players Championship the following week. It isn't too surprising to see Woods play in either event. The Players Championship is a big tournament every year that many golfers consider to be the fifth major. Meanwhile, Woods won the Wells Fargo Championship back in 2007 when it was known as the Wachovia Championship. He is no stranger to playing at the annual Quail Hollow event. When Woods takes the course again it will have been nearly a month since his Augusta performance. That makes these two tournaments crucial for him.
The last two times that Woods has played at the Players Championship, his run was cut short because of injuries. In 2010, Woods withdrew during his final round at Sawgrass because of neck pain. In 2011, his lower body failed him as he withdrew after nine holes. He ended up missing the next two majors after that. I can't imagine that he will withdraw at the same tournament for a third straight year. That being said, a strong performance from Tiger here is important. While this isn't a major it is certainly a big event. Woods needs to find out how to win on a big stage. The Players Championship will have an impressive field so Woods will have another chance to prove that he is coming back. At the very least, he needs to finish in the top 10 here.
The Wells Fargo Championship isn't as big but it might be as important. This will be his first tournament since Augusta. Tiger failed to break par in any round at the Masters and that had to hurt his confidence. He can be positive all he wants but until he puts together a strong round, he won't erase that awful taste. Four weeks is a long time for that performance to stew in his head. If he struggles early at Quail Hollow, his confidence will be shaken even further. But if he comes out strong, Tiger can show that it is really behind him.* - Mark Paul is an avid golf fan. He has watched and played the game since high school.
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