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Tiger Woods talks 2019 schedule, 2018 burnout

Tiger Woods says he played too much golf last year and he's going to remember it as he looks to build a schedule and find the right balance for 2019. Woods looked beyond exhausted by the time he got to Paris for the Ryder Cup - and played like it - immediately after his Tour Championship win at East Lake. "I was not physically prepared to play that much golf," Woods said before the Hero World Challenge this week in the Bahamas. Woods spent the past couple of weeks going hard in the gym and making his legs and core stronger. He has a 12:05 p.m. tee time with Justin Thomas Thursday at Albany Golf Course. Woods will carefully pick his spots for this season, even more so with the bunched-up nature of the new schedule with the PGA Championship moving to May and Players Championship in March. "Only thing set in stone is I'm playing Genesis and the four majors," Woods said. "We're still taking a look at it as far as, what is too much? We know seven of nine was too much. What can I handle going forward? "I need to make sure I'm rested and ready to play ... I've played all my good tournaments when I had time off and I felt rested," he said. "Playing seven of nine last year was too much." Woods hosts the Genesis Open Feb. 14-17 at Riviera Country Club. He's eligible for the Sentry Tournament of Champions Jan. 3-6 in Maui but hasn't announced a decision yet. Skipping that seems like a serious possibility. If so, the Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 24-27 at Torrey Pines is likely the next time we'll see Woods play after the Hero World Challenge. Woods played 18 tournaments last season after playing just 19 combined from 2014-17, makeing the fact that he finished it off with a win even more impressive. Now he sort of knows what the tipping point is, and playing enough to peak at all four majors while not overdoing it is Woods' biggest challenge for 2019.
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