When Will Tiger Woods Play next in 2020? 15-time Major Winner Postpones Return to PGA Tour by Another Week

Tiger Woods will not return to the PGA Tour at least until the end of the month after opting to skip the RBC Heritage next week.

The deadline to enter the tournament passed on Friday without the 15-time major winner committing to play in the event, which begins at Hilton Head, South Carolina, on Thursday.

Woods last appeared on the PGA Tour in mid-February, when he finished 68th in The Genesis Invitational, before skipping the Arnold Palmer Invitational at the beginning of March and The Players' Championship the following week due to a back injury.

The Players Championship was suspended after the first round on March 12, as the coronavirus pandemic ground sports to a halt. In the intervening 13 weeks, the PGA Tour canceled 11 tournaments—The Players Championship and another six events that were due to be held before May 10, plus another five events that were scheduled between this weekend and July 19.

Proceedings resumed on Thursday as the Charles Schwab Challenge got underway at Colonial Country Club in Forth Worth, Texas, but Woods was again absent.

Since returning from spinal fusion surgery in 2018, the 44-year-old has repeatedly indicated he would have to be very selective in terms of choosing the events he enters, as playing too much golf could take its toll on his body.

Following his withdrawal to pass on the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players Championship, Woods pronounced himself fit had The Masters gone ahead as planned in April, but he will have to wait until November 12 to defend the Green Jacket he won at Augusta, Georgia, last year.

Last month, Woods joined Phil Mickelson and NFL legends Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in The Match: Champions for Charity, a fundraising event for COVID-19 relief efforts. Woods appeared pain free as he and Manning faced Brady and Mickelson over 18 holes at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound, Florida.

Since then, however, Woods has not spoken publicly about his schedule. Earlier this week, his yacht, Privacy, was spotted heading up the East Coast from Florida, prompting speculations Woods may be on his way to South Carolina for the RBC Heritage.

The yacht may still dock in South Carolina, but Woods will not be taking part in the event next week.

Following the RBC Heritage, the revised PGA Tour calendar includes the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, at the end of June, followed by the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, Michigan, on the first weekend of July.

The following weekend was originally scheduled to host the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois, but remains vacant at the time of writing after the event was canceled. The Memorial Tournament on July 16 in Dublin, Ohio, appears to be a more plausible return date for Woods, who has won the event five times.

While the 15-time major winner will not be among the participants at the RBC Heritage next week, the field will feature five of the current top-10 players in the world, including world No.1 Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka, the world No. 2 and No. 3 respectively.

World No. 5 Dustin Johnson has also committed to play as have Rickie Fowler, Webb Simpson, Tony Finau, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and Sergio Garcia.

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Tiger Woods looks on from the tenth green during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 24 in Hobe Sound, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty