Tiger Woods plays at host site Southern Hills on possible 2022 PGA Championship scouting trip
Dust off your flight trackers, the Big Cat is officially on the move again. Although Tiger Woods isn’t stalking the standings in Mexico, he is on hand Thursday at Southern Hills Country Club, the host venue for the 2022 PGA Championship in three weeks.
Although there wouldn’t be much reason for Woods to play this specific course unless it was a scouting trip to get his bearings ahead of the second major championship of the year, Woods n has not yet declared its intention to play the event.
The 15-time major champion hasn’t released much information regarding his schedule after finishing 47th at the 2022 Masters in early April. Playing impressively throughout the weekend and holding his own despite his physical limitations, Woods only confirmed to Sky Sports his attendance at the 150th Open at St. Andrews in July.
“I’ll never play a full schedule again so it’ll just be the big events. I don’t know if I’ll play Southern Hills or not but I’m looking forward to St Andrews,” he said. “It’s something close to my heart. I’ve won two Opens there, it’s the home of golf and it’s my favorite golf course in the world. I’ll be there for that one.”
Golf Digest’s Dan Rapaport reports that Woods will make a PGA Championship appearance “barring any setbacks.” If he does, it will be 15 years since Tiger won the Wanamaker Trophy in Southern Hills, his fourth and most recent PGA Championship. As such, optimism of a tiger sighting next month is on the rise.
Perry Maxwell’s original design will look a little different from 2007, as golf course architect Gil Hanse has since visited the property, removing trees and restoring bunkers. While that hardly affects Woods, the one thing he has going for him is the championship venue: Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Winning one of the hottest editions – in terms of temperature – in the history of the championship, the sweltering heat was felt by all the players in 2007, the average temperature of the week rising to almost 100 degrees Fahrenheit . While the PGA Championship has since moved forward on the schedule, Woods not only suffered the effect of an injury over the weekend at Augusta National, but also that of the cold conditions.
The PGA Championship has not been kind to Woods since his victory at Southern Hills. On 10 occasions, the 46-year-old has won two second-place results but no other top 10 finishes and four missed cups.