Will Tiger's schedule grow with Vonn out?
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Lindsey Vonn will not compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, the injured skier announced Tuesday. That begs the following question in the world of golf: Does that open up Tiger Woods' schedule to play more tournaments on the PGA Tour instead?
With alpine skiing slated for Sunday, Feb. 9, to Saturday, Feb. 22, Woods' commitment to watch his significant other compete in the Olympics had directly blocked out three potential weeks of golf. Open for consideration again are:
• The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links, with a purse of $6.6 million;
• The Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC in Pacific Palisades, Calif., with a purse of $6.7 million;
• And the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz., with a purse of $9 million.
Notably, the Match Play offers a guaranteed payout. Also of note, a tight crunch on travel time is no longer a conflict if Woods wants to play in the Honda Classic the next week at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., near his home in Jupiter.
Woods did not immediately announce any change in his schedule. He had posted last month in a blog on his website that he looked forward to spending time helping Vonn rehabilitate and prepare to compete, among other topics.