Fans were anticipating on seeing Tiger Woods this month to play in the PGA Tour season for the Safeway Open in Napa, California, on October 10th thru 13th but received this surprise announcement from Woods via his website:
“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do, “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”
Woods then made this statement on his tigerwoods.com website Monday afternoon:
“After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA Tour or compete in Turkey,”My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.
According to MSN, Woods committed to play for the Safeway Open just last Friday and was scheduled to pair with NBA Superstar, Stephen Curry during Wednesday’s Pro-Am. Woods was also scheduled to play for the Turkish Open on November 3rd thru 6th but will not play for them as well. However, he is still scheduled to play in the Hero World Challenge beginning December 1st thru 4th.
Woods’ golf career has been very unstable since he’s had a couple of back surgeries. He played his last game in August of last year for the Wyndham Championship. The following month Woods announced he had another operation scheduled for his back and by October of 2015, Woods was working on his third back surgery.
Due to these major surgeries, Tiger Woods missed four majors for the first time in his long PGA career.
“When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed, “I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world. I will continue to work hard, and plan to play at my foundation’s event, the Hero World Challenge.
“I would like to apologize and send my regrets to Safeway, the Turkish Airlines Open, the fans in California and Turkey and those that had hoped to watch me compete on TV. This isn’t what I wanted to happen, but I will continue to strive to be able to play tournament golf. I’m close, and I won’t stop until I get there.”
Nobody knows your body better than you and the older we all get our body tends to have a mind of it’s own. Tiger seems to know his body well and has taken the necessary precautions to make sure he doesn’t injure his back no more than he should. Guess fans will have to wait until December to see him in action. Best wishes Tiger on a full recovery.
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