Tiger Woods wrapped up his 2022 return to golf with tears over the Swilcan Bridge and a lingering hope that he could return to St Andrews for another crack at The Open.
The stark reality is that it is hugely unlikely the 15-time major champion will play at the iconic Old Course again in a major.
In between shots Woods is now looking every bit of his 46 years. Still, despite saying that he had no immediate plans to return to the course any time soon, he appeared to be buoyed that his there'll be more professional golf in his future.
After playing the 150th Open, Woods said of his future: "I have nothing, nothing planned. Zero. Maybe something next year. I don't know. But nothing in the near future. This is it. I was just hoping to play this one event this year.
"And I was lucky enough, again, got three events in. And they're all majors. So I feel very fortunate to have had the things happen this way and the struggles I've been through to get to this point."
He also rubbished suggestions that he was planning on retiring and even his caddie, Joe LaCava, was hopeful the big cat could play "at least three or four events" before taking another run at The Masters at Augusta National next April.
It also cannot go unsaid that only Woods and Rory McIlroy have won Opens this century at Royal Liverpool, so he'll fancy his chances and claiming a fourth Claret Jug.
With that being said, GolfMagic decided to take a crack at what Woods' schedule could look like going forward:
Tiger Woods' potential schedule:
- December 1-4, Hero World Challenge, Albany, Bahamas: This is Woods' annual tournament that benefits his foundation. This is where he made his first public appearance last year following his car crash. It's an invite-only event limited to 20 players, plus it offers world ranking points.
- December 17-18, PNC Championship, Grande Lakes, Orlando: Woods enjoyed this father son/jaunt with Charlie last year and the pair combined to shoot a 59 on the Sunday, finishing second to John Daly and his son. Woods used a cart to get around in the "hit and giggle".
- February 16-19, The Genesis Invitational at Riviera, Los Angeles: Woods is a massive fan of Torrey Pines but it's likely that he'll skip the Farmers Insurance Open in favour of playing Riv. Woods is the tournament host.
- March 9-12, The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, Florida: This could be a bit of a stretch given its close proximity in date to the Genesis Invitational, but it could serve as a good tune-up to The Masters. It's the PGA Tour's flagship event, and no doubt he'll want to showcase his support depending on what the landscape looks like with LIV Golf by then.
- April 6-9, Augusta National, The Masters: There's no doubt that Woods needs to get some reps before heading to Georgia. The question is which event he will play, if any, before playing here for the 25th (!) time.
- May 18-21, PGA Championship, Oak Hill, Rochester: Perhaps Woods might skip this one, but it's clear at this point he really wants to play the majors and tick off a few events as and when. He may skip this one in favour of The Memorial at Jack's place.
- June 1-4, The Memorial, Muirfield Village, Dublin: It seems unlikely that Woods could play here as well as the PGA Championship, but you never know.
- June 15-8, U.S. Open, Los Angeles Country Club: Woods decided to skip the major at The Country Club at Brookline after limping out of the PGA after 54 holes at Southern Hills. It's obviously not too far from where he lives.
- July 20-23, The Open, Royal Liverpool, Hoylake: Seems like an absolute lock, doesn't it? The venue of his last Open victory, all the way back in 2006. He just loves playing The Open. Zero chance this one won't be at the forefront of his mind.