After great anticipation for his return to the PGA TOUR this week, Tiger Woods has announced that his sabbatical from the game will continue.
It has been more than 400 days since the 79-time PGA TOUR winner has appeared on the PGA TOUR when he scored a top ten at the 2015 Wyndham Championship. Multiple back surgeries later Tiger appeared to be physically healthy in his role at Vice-Captain at the recent Ryder Cup but he has revealed that he does not feel quite ready to continue his playing career.
His statement on TigerWoods.com on Monday showed respect for his fellow competitors and the level they play golf at, as well as the state of his game.
“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,” stated Woods. “My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.”
He continued, “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, in Albany.
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.”