KEY POINTS

  • Tiger Woods feels he has improved his game ahead of the Masters Tournament
  • Woods previously considered playing at Houston Open but his agent later confirmed that he will participate
  • The 15-time major champion admitted that everything will be different in the coming Masters Tournament

Tiger Woods is looking forward to the Masters Tournament in Augusta with full confidence in his game.

Woods will not be able to set an all-time record of 83 PGA Tour titles after playing nine holes at Sherwood on Tuesday. In three weeks, the 15-time major champion could be flying to Augusta for the 2020 Masters Tournament.

Thus far, the legend has been feeling his rhythm in practice sessions and hopes to do the same in the Masters.

"My game's definitely better than it was at the U.S. Open," Woods recently told ESPN. "I feel a little bit more prepared, a little bit better, and hopefully that translates into playing the golf course."

"The whole idea is to be ready in a few weeks and whether or not that's playing one more event, whether that's Houston [Open] or just playing here at Zozo [Championship], just making sure that I'm ready for Augusta."

The Houston Open is happening on Nov. 5, just less than a week after the Zozo Championship ends. Woods initially admitted that he hasn’t made up his mind yet whether he’ll participate at the said event or not, and his decision will depend on how things will play out over the weekend.

"I think my plan is just to play and practice," he said. "I don't know if I'm going to play Houston or not. I'm not playing next week, and we'll see how this week goes and make a decision from there."

However, Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg later confirmed that the reigning Masters champion will not compete in Houston ahead of his title defense at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods, who fired a 76 in Thursday's opening round, improved to shoot a six-under 66 in Friday's second round of the US PGA Zozo Championship Reigning Masters champion Tiger Woods, who fired a 76 in Thursday's opening round, improved to shoot a six-under 66 in Friday's second round of the US PGA Zozo Championship Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / EZRA SHAW

The pandemic has caused a drastic change in the Masters Tournament, particularly the schedule. Originally scheduled from April 9  to 12, it is now moved to Nov. 12.

Over the course of his stellar career, Woods has never played the week before the Masters since his debut at Augusta National in 1997.

One thing Woods admitted ahead of the prestigious event is that everything will be “different” for him.

"This is all different,” he explained. “This whole year's been different for all of us. The fact that the Masters will be held in November, it's unprecedented, never been done before. I can't simulate the normal ramp-up that I normally have, and I don't think anyone else can either. It will be different for all of us."

Since winning his 15th major title, Woods has participated in 17 worldwide events but with only little success. However, the 44-year-old can end the drought in the Masters.