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Tiger Woods expected to skip Northern Trust LA Open

The last year Tiger played 72 holes at the tournament was in 2004. From Golf Week-

Tiger Woods will not play next week’s Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club, sources close to Woods told the Los Angeles Times.

Woods has played the event 11 times, nine as a professional. His best finish at Riviera is a tie for seventh in 2004. Woods lost a playoff to Billy Mayfair in 1998 at Valencia Country Club.

“I haven’t heard for sure that Tiger isn’t coming,” Northern Trust tournament director Tom Pulchinski told the Times, “and we’re always happy to have him, but we still have a great field, one of the strongest all year, and we’re confident we’ll have a great tournament.”

Tiger skipping the LA event doesn’t surprise me. For both his dismal track record and that Tiger has been snipping PGA tournaments from his schedule on a regular basis. He used to play at Phoenix, Pebble Beach and Orlando(Disney World) but not anymore. LA and Riviera will be lucky to see Tiger in the future.

I’m not criticizing Tiger’s schedule making, just giving an honest opinion.

Also note- Golf week again screws up. Tiger’s best finish in LA at Riviera was a tie for second in 1999, not a tie for seventh. Don’t believe me, look it up at Riviera has hosted the LA Open every year since 1973 with the exception of 1983 and 1998.

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