Tiger Woods will not tee it up at the next PGA Tour stop, after all. Woods was expected to make his next start at the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship, which begins May 2 at Quail Hollow Golf Club in Charlotte, N.C. But according to the Wells Fargo tournament director Gary Sobba, Woods will not be in the field.
Sobbra broke the news Friday afternoon on The Clubhouse, a Charlotte-based radio show.
Gary Sobba on the @WellsFargoGolf Championship: "Unfortunately @TigerWoods is not gonna come this year, but we still have a loaded and deep field from the likes of @PhilMickelson, @RickieFowler, @JustinRose99, and @McIlroyRory."
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— The Clubhouse (@ClubhouseKB) April 26, 2019
The Wells Fargo was expected to be Woods’ first competitive event since his triumphant victory at the 2019 Masters. It was his 15th career major championship win, but the first of his most recent comeback. Woods had not won a major in nearly 11 years dating back to the 2008 U.S. Open.
The win put Tiger one step closer to surpassing Jack Nicklaus’ major record of 18. But that’s not the only win record Tiger is chasing.
The Wells Fargo would have been Woods’ first opportunity to tie Sam Snead’s record for most career PGA Tour wins. Tiger is currently one behind Snead’s record of 82.
Rumors about Tiger’s health spread after a GolfTV video released this week showed the No. 6 player in the World walking gingerly. However, Tiger’s reasons for skipping the Wells Fargo are not yet known.
Like most courses he plays on the PGA Tour, Woods has a good history at Quail Hollow. He won the 2007 event there when it was known as the Wachovia Championship, beating Steve Stricker by two. He went on to capture his fourth PGA Championship later that year. Woods missed the 2017 PGA at Quail Hollow due to injury.
Now that he won’t be playing at Quail Hollow, Tiger’s next start will most likely be two weeks from now at the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. He’ll have a great shot at winning major No. 16 at Bethpage, which would be his second major title captured there. He previously won the 2002 U.S. Open at the famous public course on Long Island.
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