Woods set to play new team event in Argentina
If his back can take the strain, Tiger Woods is ready to partner Matt Kuchar in a new team event set to be contested in Argentina around late October.
Woods is unable to attend The Players Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass following his back surgery in March, which means he is powerless to defend the trophy he won there last year. As such he is also powerless to halt a new player taking the world No.1 spot from him.
However, Woods has been slated to play the event in Buenos Aires from October 21 to 26. Several Latin American media outlets reported the possibility last month and have said the inaugural event will be called the Americas Golf Cup and played at the Nordelta Golf Club or Pilar Golf Club.
Woods’ agent said “ the deal is now in place” and that he was awaiting word on the venue. The format of the game has not yet been determined either, although strong possibilities point to a medal-match play.
The golfing world hasn’t witnessed Tiger play since the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship on March 9. He underwent surgery thereafter to alleviate a pinched nerve in his back which caused him to miss the Masters last month for the first time in his career.
Speaking on his official website earlier in the week, Woods called his recovery a “slow process” and stated: "I hope to be back this summer, I just don't know when.''
Should Woods be unable to return this summer, he would not qualify for the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup play-offs, meaning it's possible his return could come at the Argentina tournament. The event will be played during the third week of the PGA Tour's 2014-15 season. Watch this space.