UPDATE 12:33 P.M.: Yahoo’s Pat Forde is reporting that Tiger Woods intends to play in the PGA Championship.
UPDATE 12:09 P.M.: Tiger Woods has arrived at Valhalla, where he’ll play a practice round.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) August 6, 2014
Tiger Woods will play 2 p.m. practice round today. First time at Valhalla since beating Bob May back in 2000.
— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelGC) August 6, 2014
Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off at the PGA Championship — in a group with fellow former winners Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington — at 8:35 a.m. Thursday. Whether he actually shows up to the No. 10 tee at Valhalla in Louisville is anybody’s guess.
Still fighting back troubles after surgery in March, Woods withdrew from last weekend’s WGC Bridgestone Invitational midway through the final round. He has yet to inform tournament officials if he intends on playing in golf’s final major of the year and, thanks to an extension granted by the PGA of America, he basically doesn’t have to.
According to Kerry Haigh, Chief Championships Officer for The PGA of America, players had until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to register for the championship. Even if they missed that deadline, however, late registration requests are available, and PGA officials confirmed that Woods requested and was given an extension.
“Then all he needs to do is show up to his tee time on Thursday morning,” Sterba said.
Woods’s caddie, Joe LaCava, told CBS Sports on Tuesday that he was “optimistic” that Woods would play and that he was preparing as usual to carry Woods’s clubs this weekend. But he offered no definitive word on whether the 14-time major winner (and four-time PGA Championship winner) would show up.
Mark Steinberg, Woods’s manager, told ESPN on Monday that Woods was not ruling out the PGA Championship and that it was “way too early” to make a decision. But Woods canceled a news conference at Valhalla scheduled for Tuesday and, according to the Telegraph, skipped Tuesday night’s past-champions dinner.