Tiger Woods may tweak schedule


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- When Tiger Woods said Wednesday that he was considering making changes in preparation heading into the Masters, it didn't figure that he would alter his all-but-locked-in pre-Augusta National schedule.

But he didn't rule it out Thursday.

Asked heading to the parking lot after his first round at the Honda Classic if he meant his playing schedule or simply the way he prepares for the year's first major, Woods coyly smiled and said: "It could be all of the above." When pressed, he did not waver.

After the Honda Classic, Woods is scheduled to defend his titles at next week's WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in three weeks, giving him two tournament weeks off prior to the Masters, which begins April 10.

Following Wednesday's pro-am, Woods was asked if there was anything different he was planning to do in preparation for the Masters.

"Still looking into that, yeah," Woods said. "Still looking to possibly make some changes going in there."

Woods did not elaborate on the potential changes.

He skipped last week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, and his 1-over 71 at PGA National on Thursday was just his eighth official round of 2014. He missed the secondary 54-hole cut at the Farmers Insurance Open and also played the Dubai Desert Classic.

If he sticks to more or less what he has always done, Woods will have five starts heading to the Masters.

The only tournaments he could add are the Valspar Championship in two weeks at Innisbrook, near Tampa, Fla.; the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, which follows Palmer's tournament; or the Shell Houston Open, which is played the week before the Masters.

To play near Tampa would mean competing four straight weeks, something Woods rarely does; he has not played the San Antonio event since first turning pro in 1996; and Woods has never played the Houston Open nor the week prior to the Masters as a pro.