When Will Tiger Woods Play Again? Golfer Skipping Wells Fargo Championship But He's Not Injured, Says Agent

Only two weeks removed from his movie-worthy comeback at the Masters, Tiger Woods has had to fend off injury rumors after the golf legend opted out of competing in the upcoming Wells Fargo Championship.

Woods had reportedly hoped to play in the tournament, which kicks on this coming week at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, on Friday — the last day for him to commit to the Wells Fargo Championship — a tournament he had only one once, back in 2007 — Woods opted to pass.

As Golf.com noted, the decision not to play Wells Fargo, coupled with recent video footage of Woods walking a bit gingerly, caused the rumor mill to go into overdrive, with fans speculating that the five-time Masters champ was injured again.

However, Woods' agent Mark Steinberg stepped forward to rain on the rumor parade.

"He's still digesting and appreciating what happened two weeks ago. Honestly, he's just not ready to play right now," Steinberg told ESPN. "Look back at the transcripts from late last year and early this year, he's not going to play as much. He's just going to be smart about it. There's a huge difference between being hurt and being sore. He's sore after most tournaments he plays. He requires some downtime and doesn't feel he has enough time to get ready for next week. And he regrets that he's not going to be there.''

The last several years have seen Woods repeatedly sidelined by injuries and medical treatments, including a series of back surgeries between 2014 and 2016.

Woods' recent resurgence began in earnest in 2018, with a solid finish at the Open Championship at Carnoustie, second-place results at both the Valspar and PGA Champsionships, and his victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta. This upward trend reached a high point earlier this month when Woods held on to win the Masters for the fifth time.

So when will Tiger play again? It seems likely that the next time Woods will make a tournament appearance will be at the U.S. Open, which kicks off June 13 in Pebble Beach, California.

Speaking to GolfTV this week, 43-year-old Woods described his current thought process.

"I want to enjoy this. But also down in the back of my mind thinking, 'You know what, I have another major in about a month.' The prep starts," he explained. "I can mentally prep for this. I don't really want to do too much right now. I haven't gotten to the point where I'm willing to put in the hours yet and do the dirty stuff to get the body ready, to put in all the hours of hitting golf balls and putting. I'm doing all the visual stuff, but I haven't put in the physical work yet. But it's probably coming this weekend.''

Woods referenced his classic season from 2000, when he won the U.S. Open, the Tournament Championship, and the PGA Championship all within the span of a few months.

"I'm looking back in my past, and looking at how did I do it in 2000 at the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA?" said Woods. "Those were quick turnarounds, one month each. What did I do? Having that positive Rolodex to revert back to is going to help."

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Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14 in Augusta, Georgia. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images