Tiger Woods will miss the Players Championship with back problem
MIAMI: reigning champion of Masters Tiger Woods will miss next week US PGA Tour Players Championship UU. with a fundamental problem such as the return of the 15-time main winner to defend his crown on the looms of Augusta National.
Woods, according to the tour's website, told the PGA commissioner Jay Monahan skip the signing event in TPC Sawgrass, which usually has one of Golf The strongest fields, just before agent Mark Steinberg announced that his 44-year-old client still suffered back problems.
Back is not ready, Steinberg told Golf Digest and ESPN. It's not about the long term, it's just not ready.
The short term is a matter of concern for Woods, who will miss the biggest set-up of the Masters and will have only three weeks of competition before chasing a sixth green jacket of his career, if he is able to play in the first round on the 9th of April.
The idea is to reach Augusta's peak, Woods told reporters last week at a conference call.
Woods, in 11th place, skipped this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational with what Steinberg said was stiff back. Woods also missed the Honda Classic last week and the WGC Mexico Championship last week.
The last time Woods played was at the Genesis Invitational in Riviera three weeks ago, when he was ranked 68. His only other start in 2020 was at Torrey Pines in January when he shared ninth.
Woods would have the Valspar Championship March 19-22 and the WGC Match Play in Austin, Texas, March 25-29, as well as the Texas Open April 2-5 before the official practice practice sessions begin. Teachers, but generally skips playing the week before the Masters.
Woods won the Players Championship in 2001 and 2013, with only the three-time winner Jack Nicklaus who captured more titles at the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida event.
Woods has played a lighter schedule in recent seasons following multiple back surgeries, including a spinal fusion operation in 2017.
Gradually, he returned to the form after that, including a finalist effort in the 2018 PGA Championship and the victory in the 2018 Tour Championship, setting the stage for his first major victory in 11 years last April at Augusta National, completing a epic Saga back.
Woods won the Zozo Championship en octubre pasado en Japón por su título número 82 de la PGA de Estados Unidos, igualando a Sam Snead en la lista de victorias de la gira de todos los tiempos.
He then finished fourth in the Hero World Challenge he organizes in the Bahamas before flying to Australia and serving as captain in the victory of the US team over the Internationals in Melbourne.
Woods ranks seventh among American players, three points behind where he should be in June to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. Even with Dustin Johnson saying he won't compete in Japan, Woods would still need to move on to two compatriots to get a place in the Olympics.