After Further Review: What is Woods' future?


Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds. 

On Tiger Woods' plan to win more majors:

Tiger Woods plans to play golf again. He plans to win more majors, which should be no surprise given the 40-year-old’s history of delivering historic performances. But if that blueprint seems obvious, what wasn’t as clear this week is how Woods plans to deliver on that lofty second chapter of his career.

In an interview with Charlie Rose, Woods said he’s “accepted” he’s going to win more majors; but he also revealed he withdrew from the Safeway Open two weeks ago because his “scoring” wasn’t ready.

A recent Golf Digest article painted a picture of a “ghost,” who is rarely seen practicing. Maybe that’s by design and Woods is preparing for his second chapter in private, but sooner or later he’ll have to take his game back into the spotlight. – Rex Hoggard

On Woods' possible future as a ceremonial golfer:

Tiger Woods is still playing to win, but it is apparent the focus now is shifting to winning in the business world.

The unveiling of TGR last week as his new brand, with his appearances on "Charlie Rose" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," are setting up “Chapter 2” of his life, as he explained. The question now is when he will make the full transition to ceremonial golfer, because while great players often say they’ll retire before becoming a ceremonial player, they almost never do. It’s important to a player’s brand that he stay in front of audiences.

When Woods says he’s still playing to win, we should believe him. It’s just uncertain whether that will be to win trophies or pieces to build his business empire and philanthropic interests.  Randall Mell

On the PGA Tour adding an event in South Korea:

The PGA Tour took a step toward easing overseas travel for its players with the addition of an event in South Korea next fall. But the schedule tweak fails to address a larger issue – in fact, it exacerbates it.

By the time the calendar reaches mid-October and beyond, those pining for additional golf are few and far between. Certainly the Tour can’t be faulted for accepting a check from a sponsor ready, willing and able to front the tournament. But if anything, the season is already too long. The recent offseason went by in the blink of an eye, and top players from Jason Day to Justin Rose are having to take unexpected breaks to recover from an arduous summer.

Of those still with a full bill of health, many skipped tournaments they would have otherwise played earlier in the year in order to rest for a hectic stretch later in the season. By adding a Korean event, the Tour is tapping into a new market and creating an easier commute for those playing in the WGC-HSBC Champions. But the overall theme of adding events until the calendar bursts may be having a counterproductive effect. – Will Gray