Tiger Woods announced Wednesday that he will step away from the game of golf until he can get himself back into the physical shape that will allow him to compete at the highest level.
“The last two weeks have been very disappointing to me, especially Torrey, because I never want to withdraw,” Woods wrote on his website. “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.”