Last year, the Wachovia Championship became the ninth tournament that Woods has won just one time when the world's No. 1 player closed with a 69 in the final round to beat Steve Stricker by two shots.
Woods is still recovering from the knee surgery he had April 15, just two days after he finished runner-up to Trevor Immelman at the Masters. Doctors said he would be ready in four-to-six weeks, meaning Woods will also miss next week's Players Championship for the first time in his career.
Three of the previous four champions of this relatively new PGA TOUR event will be in the field this week: Jim Furyk (2006), Vijay Singh (2005) and David Toms (2003). Joey Sindelar, the 2004 champion who tied for 22nd place last year, is competing on the Champions Tour instead.
Adam Scott will be looking for back-to-back wins after draining a 48-foot birdie putt on Sunday to beat Ryan Moore in a playoff at the Byron Nelson Championship.
No player other than Woods has won back-to-back tournaments on the PGA TOUR since Phil Mickelson claimed the BellSouth Classic and the Masters in 2006.
GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of the first two rounds beginning at 3 p.m. ET both days, with CBS taking over at the same time for both weekend rounds. Next week is the Players Championship, where Mickelson won last year.