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Tiger Woods’ Caddie Provides Updates On Plans Before 2023 Masters

Joey LaCava, Woods’ caddie since 2011, spoke on the Dan Patrick Show earlier this week about Woods’ proposed schedule for 2023.

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Following a disappointing finish at what could potentially be his final Open Championship at the Old Course, Tiger Woods told reporters that he won’t be teeing it up competitively for quite some time. Woods, a 15-time major champion, played in just three events during the 2021-22 season after suffering severe injuries from a single-vehicle car crash in February 2021.

“Maybe something next year. I don’t know. But nothing in the near future,” Woods said after missing the cut at St. Andrews. “This is it. I was just hoping to play this one event this year. And I was lucky enough to get three events in.”

While Woods’ season on the PGA Tour has officially come to a close, long-time caddie Joe LaCava provided some insight recently on the Dan Patrick Show about their plans ahead of the 2023 Masters next April.

“I’m hoping that he will play maybe in December at the Hero [World Challenge] and the father-son [PNC Championship], and then maybe the Genesis Invitational … I’m hoping three, maybe four tournaments before The Masters,” LaCava said on Thursday. “I won’t do much, I’ll do the same thing. I’ll say ‘Tiger, hey listen, if you’re starting to feel better in October or November, maybe I’ll come down for a couple of weeks, we’ll hang out, don’t have to play every day. We don’t have to practice every day, I’ll be there and maybe give you a bit of motivation, we’ll do some playing practice here and there and get ready for the Hero and get ready for the following year of ’23 and get him ready in any respect that he needs.”

When Will Tiger Woods Play Again?

Woods himself has not made any public statements regarding his schedule, but the 2022 Hero World Challenge feels like a safe bet as to the next time ‘Big Cat’ plays in an event. Slated for Dec. 1-4 in the Bahamas, the Hero has been a place where Woods has previously returned from injury (2016 and 2017) and serves as an exhibition tournament. With an upcoming four-month hiatus from competitive golf, this seems like a good spot for Woods to feel out his game before the end of the calendar year.

Then, just a few weeks later is the 2022 PNC Championship, which is a parent-child event held in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 15-18. Despite barely being able to walk, Woods and his son, Charlie, finished runner-up last year behind John and “Little” John Daly.

The first real test for Woods though in 2023 could be at the Genesis Invitational — routinely one of the most star-studded events on the PGA Tour. The 2023 Genesis will be held from Feb. 16-19, with Woods serving as the host of the event per usual. The Tiger Woods Foundation is also one of the main charitable beneficiaries of the Genesis every year.

Another possible tournament that Woods could take part in is the 2023 Players Championship, scheduled for Mar. 9-12 at TPC Sawgrass. Woods is a two-time winner of the event, which could serve as a wise tune-up prior to the year’s first major.

Regardless of where Woods tees it up next, it’s refreshing to hear that his schedule could be boosted for the 2022-23 season.

In his three events played in 2022, all major championships, Woods’ best finish (T47) came in his first start back at Augusta National. Woods went on to make the cut at the PGA Championship but was forced to withdraw ahead of the final round. At the 150th Open, Woods tied the highest opening round of his career (78) and shot 75 on Friday to miss the cut.

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