Tiger Woods Taking an Indefinite Leave of Absence from Golf

Updated: February 11, 2015
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Tiger Woods will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from the game of golf, according to multiple reports.

He made the following statement on his official 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.”

Woods withdrew from his last PGA contest on Feb. 5 at Torrey Pines, after saying he never loosened up after a fog delay. However, he’s been plagued by a number of injuries over the past five years and hasn’t been the same golfer that he once was.

At the age of 39, you would think there’s a lot of golf remaining in Woods. But after achieving so much during his career, it’s probably frustrating to all of a sudden become just mediocre, at best.

Woods has won 14 majors during his career, which is second behind only Jack Nicklaus (18).


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