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Woods remains coy on early 2018 schedule

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NASSAU, Bahamas – All week Tiger Woods said that he just wanted to get through 72 holes before determining where and when he’ll play in 2018.

Well, he finished the Hero World Challenge at 8 under par, tied for ninth place, said he felt great and is not sure what is next. It seems like he’s sure, but he’s not budging.

“We’re going to sit down, we’ll figure it out, where I’m going to start, how much I’m going to play, rest periods, training cycles, the whole nine yards,” Woods said shortly after signing for a final-round 68 at Albany.

Woods is a creature of habit, there is no doubt about that. So smart money would suggest that he will play the Farmers Insurance Open, Genesis Open, Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational all before the Masters in April.

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That schedule would give him one event in January, two in February and one in March. The Genesis Open and Honda Classic are in consecutive weeks, so that would also give him a chance to see how he feels playing that much golf in a 14-day span.

Still, the Farmers Insurance Open is Jan. 25-28 at Torrey Pines. Woods was asked how he expects to remain competitively sharp in the eight weeks between now and then.

“I’m sure the guys will have some denominations they want to play for,” Woods said. “(Justin Thomas) was already alluding to that as we were playing today so when we go home, these guys are awesome.

“They want to play almost every day. They want to compete, they want to see me back out there, and it’s really nice to have that type of camaraderie.”