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Inside Tiger Woods' 2018-19 season

One big question looms as Tiger Woods embarks on a new season: What's next? After a return to the big stage a season ago, in which he not only played a full schedule but won again with an impressive performance at the Tour Championship, Woods is back for the next chapter.

Will this season be better? Worse? Include another win, or multiple wins? What about that elusive 15th major championship?

We're here to chronicle every step along the way.

This Week

Farmers Insurance Open

It's time to start the second act. Woods, after a rebirth in 2018, opens his 2019 season on familiar ground. He's won eight times at Torrey Pines, including his last major title, the 2008 U.S. Open. He eased into things here a year ago, not breaking 70 in any of his four rounds en route to a T-23. That start came with uncertainty. Will he stay healthy? How will his swing look? Not this time. Woods enters this calendar year with expectations not just of competing, but contending and winning on a regular basis.

  • Can Tiger get to No. 1 again? READ


How he closed 2018 ...

Hero World Challenge

After a lengthy layoff following a poor Ryder Cup -- the lone appearance between the Ryder Cup and this event in the Bahamas was his one-off Match with Phil Mickelson -- Woods struggles all week and finished 17th in the 18-player field (Hideki Matsuyama was last).

"Overall, it was a long week," he said.

Key stat: The short holes were Woods' downfall. He played the 20 par 3s in 7-over -- five bogeys, one triple and a birdie. He was 8-under over the rest of the golf course.

Full leaderboard: Hero World Challenge

  • Tiger plans out 2019 after second-to-last finish READ

  • PGA's first event of 2019 might make sense for Tiger READ

  • Woods admits big season wore him out. READ

  • He's back ... now what? READ

Earlier this season ...

The Match

It was promoted for months and months, the long-awaited showdown with longtime rival Phil Mickelson. Perhaps the golf didn't live up to the hype -- or the promised level of trash talk, either -- but it was the unofficial kickoff to Woods' new season.

  • The match that missed the mark -- over and over. READ

  • How and why Tiger lost. READ

Result

Lost 1-up in 22 holes.