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Tiger Woods takes ‘indefinite’ leave of absence from golf


Tiger Woods is taking an indefinite break from golf after admitting his golf game is “unacceptable for tournament play.”

The 39-year-old withdrew from last week’s event at Torrey Pines after only 12 holes – also missing the cut at the Phoenix Open the previous week.

"I need a lot of work on my game and to spend time with people that are important to me," said the Nike golfer.

"I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level. When I think I'm ready, I'll be back."

Woods, a former World No.1, has 14 major championships under his belt, but was forced to withdraw from three of his last eight competitive tournaments.

By missing the cut in Arizona last month, Woods earned himself an unwanted personal record of enduring his worst ever profession round with an 11-over-par 82 in the second round.

He eventually finished last in a field of 132 and when asked about his alarming plunge from world class player to struggling giant, replied: "I've got to keep this in perspective. Sometimes that's hard to do."

Evidently Woods has drawn the conclusion that right now he simply cannot continue to step onto the field and underperform. On his website he explained things, saying that he regretted withdrawing from Torrey Pines and that his current injury was not related to last year’s back surgery.

He also stated that he will spend the next week practicing at home and said he could return to action at the Honda Classic, which begins on 26 February.

"I won't be there unless my game is tournament ready," he stressed. "I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. I do expect to be playing again very soon."


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