That rumored Tiger Woods comeback isn’t happening next week in Charlotte.
The entry deadline for the Wells Fargo Championship came and went on Friday afternoon, and Woods did not show up on the final entry list.
Meanwhile, Woods was in Las Vegas for his annual Tiger Jam event to support his Tiger Woods Foundation. During a Friday clinic at Shadow Creek, Woods said he was itching to get back inside the ropes.
“I’m sick and tired of being on the sidelines,” Woods said in a range session broadcast through Periscope. “I want to start competing against these boys. I miss it.”
Earlier this week at the opening of Bluejack National, his first U.S. gofl course design, near Houston, Woods played five holes which he said were the first since he underwent a pair of back surgeries last fall. Woods looked to make gingerly swings in that exhibition, and he said in Sin City on Friday that he’s still holding back. Saying that he can drive the ball in the 285-290 yard range, Woods added, “I’ve got a lot more in the tank. … Right now, you see me just cruising, hitting shots. I’m not going to hurt myself out here.”
Of course, with each passing week now, a pocket of golf will be on Tiger Watch. Will this be the week Woods returns? While Woods isn’t playing in Charlotte, there’s the thought Woods could return at The Players the next week. Given what Woods has said about his recovery and how he’s holding back in public exhibitions, it might be considerably longer before the 14-time major winner feels comfortable showing off his full game.
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