A big question arises as Tiger Woods enters a new season: what's next? After a return to the big stage there is a season, during which he not only played a full program, but won again with an impressive performance at the Tour Championship, Woods is back for the next chapter.
Will this season be better? Worst? Include another victory or more wins? What about this elusive 15th major championship?
We are here to chronicle every step of the process.
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WGC Mexico Championship
It's a new experience for Woods – playing in Mexico and aloft. He said this would require some adjustments. Woods admitted that this week 's event, as well as the complicated decisions regarding where and when he would play next, are designed to prepare him for the month of April in Augusta. Part of this accumulation will show areas for improvement. And one of those obvious areas is its setting. Woods struggled with the putter a week ago at the Genesis Open, calling it one of the worst weeks of his life on the greens.
Earlier in 2019 …
The series will continue. Tiger Woods has played nowhere more without a win than at the Riviera Country Club. But after four days of early morning shutdowns, starts, and awakenings due to bad weather, Woods walked away with positives and negatives before heading to this week's WGC-Mexico Championship. After needing a long birdie just to qualify, Woods staged a solid third round – Saturday and very early Sunday morning – to climb into the top 10 before losing ground on Sunday afternoon. Like much of the field, Woods just looked tired while he was closing a long week.
Key stat: Take a closer look at the good and the bad. If you add up the positives – birdies and eagles – Woods was under 20 years old. It was third, behind Justin Thomas and J. B. Holmes. But he also made 10 bogeys, which ranked 10th in the field.
Tour 1: 70
2nd round: 71
Round 3: 65
Tour 4: 72
Farmers Insurance Open
Tiger softened his 2019 schedule, starting slowly before a strong closing round to earn him extra points from the FedEx Cup. It's unreasonable to expect him to win his first start in a new season – even if he's holding up well after eight races at Torrey Pines. These are not the old days. It was to return to tournament mode, eliminate some rust and start the accumulation until April at Augusta National. So, while the first three days were frustrating – he could do nothing better – the last 67, including a 31-nine, will add some confidence to his game over the next two weeks before resurfacing at Riviera for the Genesis Open on February 14th and 17th.
Key stat: Tiger Woods was 10th in the field with 5,856 shots, but he made 118 shots this week, including 61 at the weekend. His 29.5 putts per round were T-57.
Tour 1: 70
2nd round: 70
Round 3: 71
Tour 4: 67
Complete ranking: Farmers Insurance Open
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How he closed 2018 …
Hero World Challenge
After a long period of dismissal after a mediocre Ryder Cup – the only appearance between the Ryder Cup and this event in the Bahamas was his one match match with Phil Mickelson – Woods struggled all week and finished 17th in the 18-man group (Hideki Matsuyama was the last).
"Overall, the week was long," he said.
Key stat: The short holes were the fall of Woods. He played the 20 par 3 in 7-over – five bogeys, a triple and a birdie. He was 8 years old under the rest of the golf course.
Tour 1: 73
2nd round: 69
Turn 3: 72
Tour 4: 73
Finish: 17th (18 players)
Complete classification: Hero World Challenge
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Earlier this season …
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson meet in "The Match", a $ 9 million pay-per-view match-play at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Kyle Terada-USA TODAY HUI Sports
He was promoted for months and months, the long-awaited clash with his long-time rival Phil Mickelson. Maybe the golf course was not up to the hype – or the promised level of trashy speech promises either – but it was the unofficial kickoff of Woods' new season.
The match that missed the mark – again and again. LILY
How and why Tiger lost. LILY
Lost 1-up on 22 holes.