Tiger Woods made a last-ditch effort to play in this week’s Masters, but after some awkward and short practice sessions, the four-time green jacket winner thought the wiser of it. However, according to friend and Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay III, Woods could be back in tournament action as soon as May.
“[The Masters] probably wouldn’t have been the best place for Tiger to start the year out after this most recent setback, and I think we should probably look, maybe something just after The Players Championship,” Begay said on “The Rich Eisen Show” on Friday.
That would put Woods on target for a return in the second half of May, with either of the post-Players Texas events at the Byron Nelson or Colonial in play. Woods could also wait to make a customary start at Jack Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament in Ohio to start June.
Those potential starts could be a precursor to teeing it up in the second major of the year, the U.S. Open in June at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.
“Oh, [the U.S. Open is] a definite possibility,” Begay added. “That’s probably the event that’s circled on his calendar, but he’s got to at least get one or two starts in before that to see where his body, where his game’s at and if he can hit the shots he wants to hit.”
Woods hasn’t played competitively since shooting 77 in the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic in February before pulling out ahead of his second-round tee time. Woods backed out of planned starts at the Genesis Open and The Honda Classic, as well.