Tiger not playing golf “unless [his] game is tournament-ready”

The saga continues. It’s been a wild 7 years since Tiger Woods last won a major championship, the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Since then, he’s had about a million surgeries, a million injuries, the biggest scandal in the history of the planet, a divorce, and more injuries.

Two weeks ago, he finished in last place following a second-round 82, the worst of his professional career. Then last week he withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open at a course he’s won at a record 8 times.

Since that withdrawal, there’s been much speculation as to Tiger’s future. Today, he published a statement on his website.

 

The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw. Unfortunately, lately injuries have made that happen too often.

This latest injury is not related to my previous surgery. I am having daily physical therapy and I am feeling better every day.

Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me. My play, and scores, are not acceptable for tournament golf. Like I’ve said, I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I’m ready, I’ll be back. Next week I will practice at Medalist and at home getting ready for the rest of the year. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I’d like to play The Honda Classic — it’s a tournament in my hometown and it’s important to me — but I won’t be there unless my game is tournament-ready. That’s not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon.

I want to thank the fans in Phoenix and San Diego. They were amazing. I greatly appreciate everyone’s support.

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Now, no one really knows what this means. Notah Begay, a former college teammate and current good friend of Tiger, said on Golf Channel that he spent some time with Tiger earlier in the week. He said he’s understandably embarrassed about his poor play and committed to staying out of competitive golf, and the spotlight, until his game is tournament-ready.

Looking at the schedule, and tournaments Tiger actually plays in, we’ve got the Honda Classic in two weeks, the Arnold Palmer Invitational in five weeks and the Masters in eight weeks. It’s unlikely he’ll play Augusta without teeing it up at another venue beforehand, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements on the Honda or the Arnold Palmer. If he skips both, it’s bad. Real bad. If he plays in one, then we’ll see him at the Masters. Book it.

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That’s my take. Now, let’s throw it back to happier times when Tiger was last at his best and No. 1 in the world, crushing the international squad in the 2013 President’s Cup.

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