Tournament officials announced Monday that Tiger Woods has officially committed to play in the Dell Match Play later this month at Austin Country Club.
The 43-year-old winner of 18 World Golf Championships will be playing the event for the 14th time in his career, although this is his first career start in Austin. The tournament runs from March 27-31.
“I'm hoping that I can play all the matches,” Woods said in a release. “That would be great, I'm guaranteed to play three instead of -- when I played it was only one guaranteed, so that's kind of nice knowing that I'll be able to get at least three good rounds in, possibly more if I play well, and that's basically like a tournament.”
Woods has won the tournament three times, more than any other player, and he’s still the only player to win in back-to-back years in 2003 and 2004. He last played at the Match Play in 2013, when he lost to Charles Howell III.
“We’re incredibly excited that Tiger Woods has added the Dell Technologies Match Play to his schedule and know our fans will be thrilled to get the chance to watch him compete in Austin as he further chases history, ”Dell Match Play Executive Director Jordan Uppleger said in a release. “The addition of Tiger adds to an already stacked field, and we are encouraging fans to buy their tickets now before they are no longer available.”
Woods has two of the most dominant wins in tournament history on his resume. He beat Stephen Ames 9&8, the largest margin of victory in tournament history, in the first round in 2006 and beat Stewart Cink 8&7 in the most lopsided championship match ever in 2008.
This is the first time he’s participated since the tournament instituted the group system, meaning Woods will play at least three rounds.
The tournament in Austin will be his fifth start of the season. he finished T20 at the Farmers Insurance Open early in the year, T15 at the Genesis Open, T10 at the WGC-Mexico Championship and T30 at last week’s THE PLAYERS Championship.
The top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking automatically qualify for the tournament and have until Friday to commit to the field.
Players already committed include World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, reigning Player of the Year Brooks Koepka, defending champion Bubba Watson, Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari and former Longhorn Jordan Spieth.