Tiger can still play majors, but he won’t be able to tee it up everywhere

Tiger can still play majors, but he won't be able to tee it up everywhere
Tiger can still play majors, but he won't be able to tee it up everywhere

Tiger Woods started his 2017 season with a missed cut, a withdrawal and two DNPs, so naturally there are questions about what’s next for the 14-time major champion.

Separate from the debate about whether Woods will win again or catch Jack Nicklaus’ major championship record, some might be wondering about things less historical in nature, such as whether he’s actually qualified to play in certain tournaments.

So what are the PGA Tour rules surrounding those possibilities? Here are a few topics and some answers that shed a bit of light on the situation.

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The Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup

Woods has signed on to be an assistant captain for close friend Steve Stricker this year for the Presidents Cup in September outside New York City.

Given Tiger’s place, along with Phil Mickelson and 2018 U.S. captain Jim Furyk on the Ryder Cup committee, Woods will undoubtedly have a role with the American team in France next year.

As far as competing on future teams, given his current health situation, Woods seems unlikely to play enough to make either squad on points, so then it comes down to just how active and fit he is. It’s hard to imagine a captain not wanting him – and not using an at-large selection on the 14-time major winner – if Woods shows any kind of form.

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Endorsement deals

It is unknown in Woods’ case, but it is not uncommon on the PGA Tour for a pro to have to reach a minimum number of starts in order for various contract terms to kick in. (Woods has made only 12 PGA Tour starts since 2014.)

Nike hasn’t publicly said anything about Woods’ contract, but suffice it to say he can’t be making what he once was, with less Tiger product and fewer public appearances now. Woods simply is not in the driver’s seat as he once was, and with his health and future in question, it’s a safe bet he’s not being blindly paid, no matter how much he has played.

ESPN.com senior writers Bob Harig and Darren Rovell and senior golf editor Kevin Maguire contributed to this story.

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