NORTON, Mass. (AP) — Tiger Woods has been careful to manage his schedule to avoid playing too much as he tends to a lower back that has gone through four surgeries.

Now the idea is to play as much as he can.

“The plan is to play four out of five,” Woods said Wednesday after playing the back nine at TPC Boston. “That’s the plan.”

It’s an ambitious plan for a 44-year-old who tries to avoid playing consecutive weeks, much less the three in a row that might be required for him to reach the Tour Championship for the first time since he won at East Lake in 2018. That’s also the last time Woods played three weeks in a row.

The road begins Thursday with The Northern Trust, the first of three playoff events that culminate in Atlanta with the Tour Championship and the $15 million prize to the FedEx Cup champion.

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