DUBLIN, Ohio – As Tiger Woods wrapped up his day on Thursday at the Memorial he lamented a familiar theme experienced by golfers everywhere.
“I’m frustrated with the fact that I didn’t hit it like I did either yesterday or warming up this morning,” he said following an opening-round 73 that could have been much worse if not for a 3 under closing nine.
Before that answer he was asked about his ongoing inconsistency, he hasn’t finished inside the top 10 in an official-money PGA Tour event since August 2013, and his decision to play a relatively limited schedule.
He recently announced he will play the U.S. Open, Greenbrier Classic, Open Championship and Quicken Loans National, which he hosts and benefits his foundation.
Assuming he plays the PGA Championship that’s just five more events the rest of the year if he doesn’t qualify for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and FedEx Cup playoffs (he’s currently 198th on the point list) for a total of 10 events this season. Yet when he was asked about possibly adding more tournaments Woods balked.
“Look at my schedule. There will be a lot more coming up,” he said.
Woods didn’t qualify for either the WGC-Match Play or WGC-Cadillac Championship and was unable to play last month’s Wells Fargo Championship because it was the same week as Tiger Jam, a celebrity event in Las Vegas that also benefits his foundation.
“I wasn’t in a lot of these events. Just the way the schedule worked out,” said Woods, who has played the Tour-minimum 15 events just three times since 2008. “Now I’m able to start playing a little bit more. I’ve got a full schedule coming up, which will be great.”