SAN DIEGO – This week Tiger Woods slid outside the top 50 in the world rankings, which could have serious ramifications for his upcoming schedule.
The top 50 qualify for the first World Golf Championships event of the calendar year, at Trump Doral. Woods likely needs a 12th-place finish or better this week at Torrey Pines to crack the top 50.
If not, he’ll have one final opportunity, at the Honda Classic, to earn his spot in the limited-field event in Miami.
“The whole idea is to make sure that I’m ready for Augusta, so I’ve got a lot of rounds to play between then and now,” Woods said Wednesday after his practice round at the Farmers Insurance Open. “That’s what we’re building for, and if I happen to play well enough to get into Doral, then great, I’ve got four more rounds there. If I don’t, then I’m still trying to peak for Augusta.”
Woods has won four times at Doral, most recently in 2013.
“I have to go out and earn my way there,” he said. “I’m just going to obviously have to play better than I did last week.”
If Woods doesn’t play Doral, it would be just the second time in his career that he failed to qualify for a WGC event (2011 HSBC Champions).