On Wednesday, Feb. 11, some big news was brought to the golf world. After some very bad performances in his last two outings, Tiger Woods is leaving the PGA Tour indefinitely. He stated that his golf game is not good enough for the PGA Tour and he will not come back until it is.
According to ESPN.com, Woods shot an 82 at the Phoenix Open which was a career worst for him. He missed the cut at the Open by a whopping 12 shots. Also, he played poorly at Torrey Pines and because of tightness in his back, he withdrew after just 11 holes.
Woods has said that this situation is not related to his recent back surgery and that he has been having physical therapy each day. He says that he is feeling better every day.
The PGA Tour will not stop just because one its top golfers is sidelined. Pebble Beach and Riviera are two tournaments that Woods will miss while taking his leave. However, he will practice at his house next week. Woods does not plan to miss much time and has set his return time to only a couple weeks.
The Honda Classic on Feb. 26 is when Woods expects to return to the PGA Tour. He expects to be playing sooner than later and wants to return to the top of his game in order to perform his best in each tournament.
Woods is one of the best golfers to ever play the game. At age 15, Woods won the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship and became the youngest to ever win it. He has 79 PGA Tour event wins which is second all-time behind Sam Snead who holds the record at 82. However, Woods is currently the leader in victories among active golfers. He has won The Masters Tournament, The U.S. Open, The Open Championship, and The PGA Championship all multiple times to combine for 14 wins. Also, he’s won numerous awards being on the PGA Tour including Rookie of the Year in 1997. These next two or three weeks will be crucial in his career as it could spell a heroic return or his imminent downfall.