Tiger Woods hasn’t played a meaningful round of golf since August of 2015, and that’s mostly due to the fact that his body is old and broken. Woods’s camp has repeatedly insisted that the former best golfer alive will return to the course, but all attempts to prove he is in playing shape have so far been unsuccessful. On his website today, Woods announced that he is withdrawing from the Safeway Open, the season-opening event for the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.
The statement read in part:
After a lot of soul searching and honest reflection, I know that I am not yet ready to play on the PGA TOUR or compete in Turkey. My health is good, and I feel strong, but my game is vulnerable and not where it needs to be.
When I announced last week I was going to Safeway, I had every intention of playing, or I wouldn’t have committed. I spent a week with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, an honor and experience that inspired me even more to play. I practiced the last several days in California, but after a lot of hours, I knew I wasn’t ready to compete against the best golfers in the world.
Woods also revealed that he will not be playing in the Turkish Airlines Open in November, but now hopes to return to the course at the Hero World Challenge in December. We’ll reconvene then to see if Tiger Woods will continue to not play golf.