Planet Golf — 29 April 2015 by GW staff and news services
Tiger adds five events to schedule

Looks like Tiger Woods is intent on playing a pretty full schedule over the next three months.

Five days after announcing he would compete in next week’s Players Championship, Woods tweeted that would play the Memorial Tournament, The Greenbrier Classic and Quicken Loans National, in addition to the next two majors, the U.S. Open and the Open Championship.

For many years, Woods announced his commitments on the Friday prior to the event. Recently, though, he has given more notice — although it is almost unprecedented for him to map his schedule out this far in advance.

Woods, who was sidelined much of last year by microdiscectomy surgery, has played in three PGA Tour events this season. He missed the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, shooting an 82 in the second round, then withdrew after 11 holes of the Farmers Insurance Open, saying his glutes wouldn’t activate.

Shortly afterwards, Woods announced he would not play again until he felt competitive. The former world No. 1 returned at the Masters and tied for 17th, shooting his first two sub-70 rounds of the year to finish at 5 under.

The timing of the Memorial and The Greenbrier Classic give Woods a week of competition and a week off prior to the two majors. The Quicken Loans National is two weeks after the Open Championship and two weeks before the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, which Woods has won eight times, and three weeks before the PGA.

Woods is not yet assured of participation in the FedExCup Playoffs. He currently ranks 196th in the standings and needs to move into the top 125 by the end of the Wyndham Championship to qualify.

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