On a day that was considered “National Golf Writers Dayoff Day”, Tiger Woods made a statement on his website that he is yet again taking a leave of absence from golf. At first he makes it seem like he’ll be gone for a while and then he comes out and says he might be at the Honda Classic which is only a couple of weeks away.
With anticipation, many fans are hoping to see the golf legend play at The Masters. However, this is also the same Masters tournament that many are curious to see how Rory Mcilroy will fare, who is going for the career grand slam at only the age of 26.
Others that fans will keep an eye on include 2-time Masters champion, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth who nearly pulled it off last year against Watson and Jason Day who’s no stranger from having great performances at the majors, especially at Augusta.
But here’s Tiger’s statement below via his website on what he plans to do moving forward:
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.
I tell you what man (or lady), when The Masters does roll around, it’ll be the most interesting one in a long, long, long time. But, as I’ve said before, even if we have seen the best of Tiger and Phil Mickelson, I wouldn’t trip. There are too many great young players out there to watch.
In other words, not trying to be a jerk or anything but while you cry into your beer about how the PGA Tour is dying without Tiger and Phil, I’ll be paying attention to the historic slew of young talent coming through with some experienced vets playing in their prime like Hnerik Stenson, Adam Scott, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, etc.
One guy I’ve become a big fan of is Tony Finau (Cousin of NBA rookie and Chicago native Jabari Parker) because he just booms tee shots down the fairway. It’s a thing of beauty.
Fans want to see Tiger and Phil dominate yet when Martin Kaymer destroyed the field at the U.S. Open, nobody cared. I mentioned this in another piece I wrote.
So, with that said, to put things simply, if you need Tiger and Phil or Ernie Els for that matter, to watch golf then you simply aren’t a golf fan.
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