The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it is partnering with the Tiger Woods Foundation to bring a new tour event to Washington, D.C. The TWF and PGA have reached a long-term agreement, although the title sponsor, location and other details won’t be revealed until a news conference next month in the nation’s capital. The tournament will be July2-8, and it is possible Woods won’t even play in the inaugural event, since his wife, Elin, is expected to give birth in June or July. So that’s why Tiger Woods and PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem were having weekly conversations. At least, in part. Woods is making more news off the course than on these days. Who would’ve ever believed that? Woods has played in just twoPGA Tour events this season and got bounced early in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championships last week because he forgot to repair a ball mark. The King of Golf forgot something so fundamental. One little miscue might be just that. But it might be a sign of a bigger problem. Woods said he was so focused on the line of the putt that he didn’t even see the ball mark. He missed a four-foot putt that would’ve won the match against Nick O’Hern because the ball went off-line when it hit the divot. Tiger Woods left a stone unturned. It’s just not like him. “That’s my fault for not paying attention to detail,” Woods said after the loss. Woods is normally money when it comes to five-foot putts. The putting stroke and line weren’t the problem. Woods could return to his home in Orlando, Fla., and correct that with a five-hour session on the putting green. He could correct this other problem by playing a little more golf. Woods is trying to juggle so many activities and competitive golf doesn’t seem to be one of them. Golf made Tiger Woods. It’s who he is. It’s why he’s the most recognizable athlete in the world. It’s why Nike shelled out $250million to use his smile. When Woods first announced in December he would become a father, we wondered whether this would be the thing that would finally close the gap between Woods and the rest of the world. Fellow tour members scoffed at such a notion. Baby Woods hasn’t been born yet, but Woods seems awfully distracted. Woods has a new tournament and course design business, impending fatherhood and sponsor obligations. There might not be a better multitasker than Woods on the planet. Woods has played just sevenrounds of golf on the PGA Tour this season. That’s not even two full tournaments. According to his Web site, his next tournament will be the Masters from April 5-8. Surely he’ll add another tournament or two before Augusta, but will it be enough to put him in contention at a course he owns? He’s the greatest golfer in the world, but as we saw in the Dubai desert, even he is not as his best when he hasn’t been playing. Woods also skipped the Nissan Open before the Accenture Match Play Championships. Who knows if that would’ve made a difference. He’s not playing in the Honda Classic this week. He’s not scheduled to play in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill – at least as of now – a tournament he won fourconsecutive years. We can speculate all we want about why he’s not playing as much. But if Woods is skipping tournaments because he’s unhappy with the PGA and is looking to make a statement about his importance to the tour – as reported by a London newspaper – he’s spiting himself in the process. If Woods feels his schedule was too hectic, he should cut things out. But playing golf shouldn’t be one of them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!