Tiger Woods will not compete in golf until 'tournament-ready'

Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:33pm EST
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(Reuters) - Tiger Woods does not plan to return to the PGA Tour until he feels his game is "tournament-ready," the American former world number one said on Wednesday.

The 14-times major champion, who had back surgery last year, withdrew from last week's Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, his second start of the season, after just 11 holes because of tightness in his back.

Based on his usual tournament schedule, Woods, 39, would be expected to compete next at the Feb. 26-Mar. 1 Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.

"Right now, I need a lot of work on my game, and to still spend time with the people that are important to me," Woods said on his website.

"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."

Woods has struggled badly in his first two events this year.

He posted the worst score of his professional career, with his short game in complete disarray, as he carded a mind-boggling 11-over-par 82 to miss the cut at the Phoenix Open last month.

He looked no better last week at Torrey Pines where he was two over par after 11 holes on the North course when he decided to pull out, his third withdrawal in his last nine tournaments.   Continued...

Feb 5, 2015; La Jolla, CA, USA; Tiger Woods lines up his putt on the 18th during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course - North Course. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports