Tiger Woods is skipping the PGA Tour’s marquee event, The Players Championship, next week at TPC Sawgrass.
Following his rough weekend at Riviera where he made the cut, but faltered on the weekend to finish in last place among the players who made the cut, Woods opted not to play in the WGC-Mexico Championship and went on to skip the Honda Classic, which is essentially his home tournament as it is located in Palm Beach near his home in Jupiter. Then he elected not to play this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, an event he has won eight times.
Now comes news that he is missing the tournament known as “The Fifth Major” that he has won twice because his “back is simply just not ready for play” according to a tweet from Woods.
It was not an easy decision, but I will not be attending @THEPLAYERSChamp. I have to listen to my body and properly rest when needed. My back is simply just not ready for play next week. I'm sad to miss one of the best events of the season, OUR Championship.
Now comes the question of when Woods will play again? Perhaps at the Valspar Championship, an event he has played just once, but finished second in that trip. Could it be the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play in Austin where he finished fifth last year in a week where he defeated Rory McIlroy head to head on Saturday.
Then again, maybe his next appearance will be his title defense at the Masters.
As golf fans have come to learn, with Woods and his surgically reconstructed body, only time will tell.