Tiger Woods won't play in Houston Open, will prep for Masters at home instead

Tiger Woods won’t be preparing for the Masters by playing in lead-up tournaments this year. Or, he won’t be playing in any more lead-up tournaments.

Woods’ agent spoke with Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport on Tuesday and said that Woods will be skipping the Houston Open, which is taking place a week before the Masters on Nov. 5-8. Instead, he’ll be finishing his Masters preparations at home.

Woods having a bad year

Woods, who won the Masters in 2019, definitely needs the prep. He’s played in five tournaments since August and had miserable results in each of them. He finished tied for 37th at the PGA Championship, tied for 58th at The Northern Trust, tied for 51st at the BMW Championship, and he didn’t even make the cut at the US Open. At his most recent tournament, the Zozo Championship, he finished tied for 72nd, just three spots above dead last.

While Woods won’t be sharpening his skills by competing against other golfers, it’s not like he’ll be putting balls into a cup in his living room. He has a 3.5-acre, four-hole golf course in the backyard of his $54.5 million mansion in Jupiter Island, Florida. He also has a basketball court, a swimming pool, a lap pool, a sprinting lane and a full gym. If you were Tiger, wouldn’t you rather prep there?

The Masters, which usually takes place in April, was moved to Nov. 12-15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the tenth green during the final round of the Zozo Championship @ Sherwood on October 25, 2020 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods is done playing tournaments before the upcoming Masters, and will finish his preparations at home. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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