A few weeks ago, Tiger Woods looked like a shell of his former self, missing the cut and shooting a career-worst 82 in the Phoenix Open. Woods followed that up with an equally dreadful performance at the Torrey Pines, withdrawing after 11 holes because of back stiffness. Clearly, Tiger doesn't look right and on his website today, the 39-year-old golfer announced that he will be taking a leave from the sport in order to get his game and health straightened out.
Take a look at his entire statement below.
“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.
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.”
Hopefully, Tiger can get everything "tournament-ready" because even though he hasn't been the same in quite some time, it is still enjoyable to see him out there competing on the links.
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[via Breaking 911]