Dustin Johnson, the world's leading player, tested positive at the CJ Cup at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas last week.
For the Los Angeles-raised Morikawa, this week's event sees him return to a venue where he once watched Woods play as a spectator.
Woods won his 82nd career tour title last October in Japan at the Zozo, matching Sam Snead for the all-time record, but the event was moved to California this year in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, giving Woods a chance to repeat as champion on a different but familiar layout.
Rory McIlroy has been one of the more cautious players when speaking about the virus and having fans at tournaments. "It's not normally played this way, the configuration of events".
The 2020 installment of the PGA Tour event will have a vastly different energy to go along with a new, but temporary, location and feel.
"I have played there in November, and the few times that I have played in November, it's been cold, ball doesn't go very far", Woods said.
It's unusual for all, but especially for Woods, whose schedule this time of year would quite likely include only this week's Zozo Championship - which he won a year ago in Japan - not to be seen again until January.
Golf legend Tiger Woods has continually shown love for his native California, but despite his ties to the Golden State, the athlete has lived 2,000 miles away in Florida for the last two decades.
Ultimately, Woods might simply decide to do what he has always done - work on his game at home the week prior to the Masters and eschew tournament golf.
"I haven't really been in contention much since coming back from the lockdown", he said. "I think a lot of the guys were looking forward to playing it".
"You do want to impress him and you do want to play well in front of him, but at the end of the day, that's not what I came here to do". The LPGA says based on CDC guidance, the players of the children are not considered contagious as "contacts of a contact" and do not require isolation.