Mr. Woods underwent disc surgery this week (involving L5, which we have an affinity for since our laminectomy on in 1989) and is out for the year. Many loyal subscribers have written in asking what his eligibility in major and other significant events look like for 2018 and beyond. Here is the answer:
US Open: Can play in 2018. USGA could grant him an exemption in 2019 because it's at Pebble Beach. After that, unless he's ranked 60 or better in the world, he'd have to qualify.
Masters: As a past winner, Woods can play the Masters for as long as he likes.
British Open: As a past champ, he's welcome until he's 60.
PGA Championship: Same as the Masters -- he's good for life.
The Players: As the 2013 winner, he's exempt for five years, through 2018.
WGC-Cadillac: Tiger's out. To make the invite list, he'd need to be among the world top 50, or top 10 in FedEx Cup points before the event.
WGC-Match Play: Out. He'd need to be inside the top 64 in the world.
WGC-Bridgestone: Out. Bridgestone takes the top 50 in the world, plus winners of a PGA Tour event in the previous year
WGC-HSBC: Yep, out again. This one's for the top 50.
PGA Tour membership: No worries here, TW! Anyone with 20 or more wins is granted lifetime membership.