What next for Tiger after a season of struggle?

Thu Aug 27, 2015 5:05pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - What next for Tiger Woods? This is a tantalizing question on the lips of many, including the former world number one himself as he puts his golf clubs away for a while after enduring a dismal PGA Tour campaign.

Now ranked a mind-blowing 257th after mainly struggling over the past two years, Woods missed four cuts -- three of them in the majors -- while recording just one top-10 in 11 starts on his 2014-15 schedule.

Still working through the latest swing change of his career after recovering from back surgery, the 39-year-old American has looked a pale shadow of the dominant player he once was, though he did end his season on a positive note last week.

In a late but failed attempt to qualify for the PGA Tour's FedExCup playoffs, Woods decided to tee it up for the first time at the Wyndham Championship where he stayed in contention until he fell off the pace in the final round.

He rebounded from a triple-bogey on 11 with birdies on four of his last six holes for a 70, but his tie for 10th was not good enough to keep his season alive and he does not plan to compete again until the 2015-16 PGA Tour opener in October.

"Frys and possibly Mexico for sure," Woods told reporters at the Wyndham Championship when asked whether his next event would be the Oct. 15-18 Frys.com Open in Napa, California.

The 14-times major champion is then scheduled to play an exhibition in Mexico with his fellow American Matt Kuchar, with whom he shares the same manager. Beyond that, Woods was not prepared to commit.

As for the state of his game, that remains a work in progress. Woods recorded his best PGA Tour finish in two years at the Wyndham Championship, but his 2015 campaign produced many more low points than highlights.   Continued...

Tiger Woods chips onto the 15th green during the final round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club.  Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports