Tiger Woods, the world's most popular golfer, dropped strong hints Saturday that he will head to Austin later this month to compete at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Woods is in the Players Championship this weekend at Ponde Vedra, Fla. He was asked about his schedule between now and the Masters, which is set for April 11-14, and specifically about playing tournaments on consecutive weekends.
He said: "Well, I'm guaranteed to play three rounds in a couple weeks, and so that's basically like a tournament, and we'll see from there. The whole idea is not, as I told you guys (at the) end of last year, I'm not going to play as much as I did last year. That was an awful lot, and plus I kept qualifying for events last year. So I missed the cut in L.A., added Tampa, qualified for Bridgestone. These are all things that transpired last year trying to work my way back up into the World Golf Championships, the majors and the Playoffs."
Dell Match Play will start March 27. The top 64 golfers in the world will compete in three rounds of pool play. Then the field will be cut to 16 for Saturday morning action, and two finalists will play Sunday afternoon. Bubba Watson is the defending champion.
This will be the fourth year for the tournament to be at Austin Country Club. Woods wasn't playing the first two years because of injury and wasn't high enough in last season's world rankings to qualify for Austin. He currently ranks 11th.
The Dell tournament already has commitments from nine of the top 10 players and all of the top five. Justin Rose, who ranks second to Dustin Johnson, pledged Friday that he'd play in Austin for the first time since 2016.
Phil Mickelson said earlier this week he'll either play in Austin or at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio on April 4-7. He said he'd "most likely" be in Austin.
The only golfer in the top 10 who hasn't committed to Austin is Rickie Fowler, who ranks ninth. He hasn't played the tournament since 2016.
The top 64 players in the rankings after the finish of Sunday's tournaments will be eligible to play in Austin. Players have until Friday to confirm.