Masters 2020: Tiger Woods decides against playing in the Houston Open as final prep for Augusta


Tiger Woods will not be sneaking in one last PGA Tour start ahead of the upcoming Masters.

Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told Golf Digest that the 15-time major winner has decided against playing in next week’s Vivint Houston Open. Instead, he’ll remain at home to get in his last-minute preparation before defending his title at Augusta National Nov. 12-15.

Woods rarely plays in a tournament the week before a major championship and has never done so prior to the Masters since turning professional. Yet he raised the possibility himself last week while playing in the Zozo Championship, saying he was considering adding the event to his schedule.

“I’ll make the decision soon,” Woods said on Sunday after the final round of the Zozo. “I’m not going to wait around on that decision and commit either way, one way or the other. … I’ll make a decision quickly on whether or not I’m going to play Houston or not.”

Steinberg told Golf Digest’s Daniel Rapaport via phone on Tuesday: “There was some speculation whether Tiger would play Houston based on what he said at Sherwood, but he has decided to prepare for the Masters at home.”


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