Early Thursday morning, Tiger Woods opted to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and forego the Honda Classic. Later, he struggled out of the gate in the WGC Mexico Championship, finishing with par on the first round.
Tiger Woods has had quite a busy schedule as of late. Tiger was a golf phenom for years, but then we all remember the dark years where he struggled. The same years in which he got caught cheating on his wife. Today, Tiger is better than ever and winning events left and right. Many speculated he wouldn’t play both the Honda Classic and Arnold Palmer Invitational, and they were right, as he decided to only play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The Honda Classic is in Tiger’s hometown, but he’s played in the API 19 times, and won 8. At this point, it should be called the Tiger Woods Invitational, so it’s no shocker he opted out of the Honda Classic. Tiger’s decision was a result of him playing this weekend at the WGC Mexico Championship, his first time in the tournament.
Speaking of that WGC Mexico tournament, Tiger’s first tee shot didn’t go too well. In fact, Tiger smacked his first shot out of bounds. He ended the first hole with a double bogey, which sounds like his overloaded schedule and first time nerves getting to him.
Tiger did end up finishing with four birdies, good enough to let him finish the round at par. But it still puts him in 25th place. Rory McIlroy is the leader at eight strokes under par. On that same first hole, Rory ended up getting an easy eagle.
Fatigue Setting In?
Tiger himself mentioned that he was quite exhausted at the end of 2018. He was playing a ton of golf, as this was quite a successful year for the golfer. It was starting to take a toll on his body though, and therefore his game. Woods has cited the heightened temperatures as being part of the issue, with the heat making him lose strength.
Despite his fatigue, Tiger doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. He may have opted out of the Honda Classic, but he’s still got a ton of green to cover in the upcoming months. It does seem Tiger’s schedule is still overloaded, and it’s starting to affect his game.
Less than a week ago, Tiger once again mentioned his busy schedule as affecting his performance. It’s understandable he’s excited to play in so many tournaments, but is it really worth it if he doesn’t win any of them from having too much on his plate? Only Tiger knows, and only time will tell.