Tiger trying to salvage season at Chevron

Tiger Woods chats with Hunter Mahan at the Chevron World Challenge.

Tiger Woods chats with Hunter Mahan at the Chevron World Challenge.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – He’d prefer to focus on his final chance to salvage the 2010 year, even if it’s at a silly-season event such as the Chevron World Challenge. The only thing is, inquiring minds want to know if Tiger Woods has formulated his 2011 schedule.

If the answer is yes, he’s not saying. Too many moving parts, it seems.

“There are a lot of things that we’re trying to adapt to, our new living conditions,” Woods said, a reference to the family issues that were central to his entire 2010 year. “That’s most important. We’re trying to figure all that out and then obviously I still want to play golf at a high level and win golf tournaments.”

Has he been approached by PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, perhaps to add some tournaments?

Woods would only say that Finchem has “done that every year,” but there was no elaboration. Even when asked specifically if there was a chance he’d return to the tournament at Riviera – now the Northern Trust Open – for the first time since 2006, he was elusive.

“I don’t know yet,” Woods said.

Though it’s more than seven months since he made his return to the game at the Masters, Woods is still answering questions about the controversy that saw his world come crashing down. But on that front, he’s not as evasive, difficult as it has been.

“Harder than anyone could ever imagine, unless you’ve actually gone through it before yourself,” he said.

While he’s playing host to a select group of 17 other players at year’s end for the 12th time, Woods will be playing for the first time for Chevron officials. They took over sponsorship in 2008, but Woods was out with a knee injury come tournament time. Then last year . . . well, it was more painful than a knee injury, Woods will tell you, but enough of history; now No. 2 in the world, he’s excited to be at Sherwood CC and his final chance to make sure he doesn’t go winless in a season for the first time since turning pro.

Asked to put himself on the golf fan’s couch and suggest what he’d like to see in 2011 as the PGA Tour heads into contract negotiations with the networks, Woods laughed.

“I’d like to see me win more tournaments – as a golf fan, yes,” he said.

That’s right, he’s more than the game’s most celebrated and talked-about player. “I am (also) a viewer,” Woods said.

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